Sasha Voss

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  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Sasha Voss is a lecturer in forensic entomology based at the Centre for Forensic Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests encompass medical and veterinary entomology with a focus on forensic applications, specifically the behaviour, physiology and ecology of insects inhabiting a decomposition environment. Her work has encompassed a range of forensic entomology applications including the use of parasitic wasps as indicators of time since death, factors influencing insect succession onto decomposing remains, novel methods to accurately assess insect developmental stages and phenotypic plasticity in blowflies. A key aim of her research is to validate and improve the accuracy of entomological estimates of time since death in forensic practice.

Funding overview

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)

Investigators:  Cook D, Voss SC, Rader R, Cook J, Rakhesh N, Riegler M, Finch J, Spurr C, Abbot L and Ish-am G  

Project Title: Managing Flies for Crop Pollination

Awarded: $5,741,730 (2018-2023)


Fisheries, Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Investigators:  Hemmi J, Partridge J, Lawrence C, Guzzomi A, Mikan B, Voss SC, Jenkins S, Cook D, Wheat J, Dods K and Salini M

Project Title: Insect Protein for Aquaculture Feed

Awarded: $422,103 (2018-2020)


UWA Research Development Award

Investigators: Voss SC

Project Title: Geographic Origin and Temperature-Dependent Development of the Blowfly, Calliphora dubia, an Important Forensic Indicator of Time Since Death

Awarded: $23,634 (2010-2011)

Previous positions

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Western Australia
Arbovirus Research and Surveillance Laboratory

Teaching overview

Mysteries of Forensic Science
Death Investigations
Ethics and Research Methods (Biostatistics)


Decomposition and insect succession
Factors influencing insect development
Parasitoid-host interactions
Associative learning and host location in parasitoids
Biological control of agricultural pests

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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