Collaboration and Use of the VCL
For inquiries about using the VCL and collaborating with our faculty or graduate students, please contact us at email@example.com or the laboratory manager, Priscilla Mollard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further inquires or questions regarding our Taphonomic Research Facility (TRF), please contact the TRF laboratory manager, Adam Zimmer at email@example.com.
Dermestid Beetle Colony Skeletal Processing
As a part of the VCL, we provide masceration services for the UMass community and larger western Massachusetts area. All organic specimens are processed by our dermestid beetle colony, The beetles ingest soft tissue remains on skeletal material, in order to enable clear analysis of skeletal materials.
Please note that we are unable to provide wet rot services at this time. As such, we cannot process any specimens that have been exposed to preservatives and chemicals. Such chemicals will kill the beetles.
To request masceration services, please contact Adam Zimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of our open-access journal, Landscapes of Violence (LoV) is to provide a balanced approach to the causes of violence and offer a voice for the human experience behind it. This journal deals with the interrelationships between society and violence seen through the analytical eyes of trans-disciplinary researchers.