Jodie Warren, Ph.D.

Dr. Jodie Warren

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University; Burnaby, British Columbia



Contact Information:

Phone: 408-924-8451
Office: HB 214

Fall 2024 Office Hours: TBA


About Dr. Jodie Warren:

Dr. Jodie Warren earned her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in the School of Criminology in 2018. Her research was recognized with distinction and the presentation of the Dean’s Convocation medal. Dr. Warren’s research interests include forensic entomology and estimating the time since the colonization of insects using innovative techniques that employ remote sensing to infer an estimated post-mortem interval in death investigations.

Dr. Warren’s extensive casework began in 2001 and has involved death investigations, including multiple serial killer investigations primarily, but also elderly, child, and animal abuse and neglect in the living. Her research at San José State has been dedicated to collecting relevant data to apply to local investigations.

Dr. Warren’s most recent research interests involve applying remote sensing to age bloodstains to estimate the time since bloodshed in death investigations. She teaches courses in forensic science, death investigation, forensic science & human rights, biological explanations and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behavior, and culminating courses.

Dr. Warren is proud of her First Nations ancestry and membership in the Métis Nation of British Columbia. 

Research Interests:

  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic science
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Estimating time of bloodshed
  • Death investigation

Recent Publications:

Warren, J.-A,  Ratnasekera, T.D.P., Campbell, D.A. and Anderson, G.S. 2018. Hyperspectral measurements of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) raised on different food substrates. PLoS ONE13(2): e0192786.

Warren, J.-A,  Ratnasekera, T.D.P., Campbell, D.A. and Anderson, G.S. 2017. Spectral Signatures of Immature Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Insects (Advances in Forensic Entomology [special edition]). 8(34) doi:10.3390/insects8020034.

Warren, J.-A,  Ratnasekera, T.D.P., Campbell, D.A. and Anderson, G.S. 2017. Initial investigations of spectral measurements to estimate the time within stages of Protophormia terraenovae (Robineau-Desvoidy) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Forensic Sci. Int 278:205-216.

Warren, J.A . and Anderson, G.S. 2013. The development of Protophormia terraenovae (R-D) at constant temperatures and its minimum temperature threshold. Forensic Sci. Int. 233(1) 374-379.

Warren, J.A.  and Anderson, G.S. 2013. Effect of fluctuating temperatures on the development of a forensically important blow fly Protophormia terraenovae (Diptera:Calliphoridae). Environ. Entomol.:42(1) 167-172.