11. Best Practices in Wildlife Forensic DNA

  1. Jane E. Huffman3 and
  2. John R. Wallace4
  1. M. Katherine Moore1 and
  2. Irving L. Kornfield2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119953142.ch11

Wildlife Forensics: Methods and Applications

Wildlife Forensics: Methods and Applications

How to Cite

Moore, M. K. and Kornfield, I. L. (2011) Best Practices in Wildlife Forensic DNA, in Wildlife Forensics: Methods and Applications (eds J. E. Huffman and J. R. Wallace), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119953142.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, 18301, USA

  2. 4

    Department of Biology, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Marine Forensics Program, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412 USA

  2. 2

    Molecular Forensics Laboratory, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470662588

Online ISBN: 9781119953142



  • best practices in wildlife forensic DNA;
  • Wildlife Forensics (WF);
  • QA/QC process;
  • SWGDAM, human ID labs;
  • neutral identification of items;
  • evidence submission;
  • sample security in WF;
  • DAB QAS, forensic DNA testing;
  • NAS recommendations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Need for Appropriate Standards

  • Wildlife Forensic DNA Best Practices

  • Standards and Guidelines for Wildlife Forensics

  • Training

  • Case File

  • Laboratory Facility (QA)

  • Validation

  • Laboratory Protocols

  • Data Analysis

  • Interpretation Guidelines

  • Vouchers/Reference Samples

  • Species Identification

  • Reporting

  • Contents of the Case Report

  • Review

  • Court Testimony

  • The Way Forward

  • Note

  • Acknowledgements

  • References