Introduction and Research Interests

Dr Adeyemi Daniel Adetimehin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the mentorship of Professor Victoria Gibbon at the Division of Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Animal and Environmental Biology at the University of Benin, Nigeria in 2016 where he graduated with a First-Class Honors. He completed his PhD in 2023, specializing in Forensic Entomology at the Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Department of Pathology, University of Cape Town.

Dr Adetimehin’s research interests lie in:

  • Entomology
    • Forensic, medical, agricultural, and stored-product entomology
    • Integrated pest management
    • Biological control of invasive species
  • Taphonomy
    • Decomposition ecology in terrestrial ecosystems
    • Impact of body decomposition on larval mass and soil chemistry
    • Vertebrate and invertebrate scavenger assemblage and behavior on decomposing bodies
  • Forensic Sciences
    • Forensic entomological evidence collection from crime/death scenes
    • Minimum time since death estimations using entomological and taphonomic evidence


Dr Adetimehin started his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in October 2023, after receiving the PDOC Biomedical Engin Gibbon Award. In November 2023, he was notified to be one of the ten recipients of the prestigious and highly competitive University of Cape Town’s Research Committee (URC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2024, extending his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to March 2026.


Dr Adetimehin’s research as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is focused on generating baseline data on the synergistic role of vertebrate and invertebrate scavengers, clothing and sharp force trauma on the decomposition rate and pattern of vertebrate remains in the Western Cape Province. Furthermore, his research seeks to stimulate research interaction and collaboration between the Departments of Human Biology and Pathology with the view of combining forensic entomology and taphonomy expertise in addressing the current medico-legal needs of the Western Cape Province. His research is funded by the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences Multidisciplinary/Interdepartmental Stimulus Grant awarded to Professor Victoria Gibbon.

Teaching and Student Supervision

Dr Adetimehin teaches several topics in forensic entomology ranging from introduction to forensic entomology, to methods of collection, rearing and identification of forensically important insects to Honours and Masters students across the Departments of Pathology and Human Biology.  He is also a Co-supervisor on a PhD project which aims to examine the contribution of vertebrate scavengers and their interactions with invertebrate scavengers such as insects on the rate of decomposition of clothed porcine bodies within the Table Mountain region of the City of Cape Town, South Africa. Furthermore, Dr Adetimehin is a Collaborator and Co-supervisor on a research project at the University of Benin, focused on developing baseline data on the assemblage of blow flies in selected areas within Benin Metropolis, Southern Nigeria.

Social responsiveness and Capacity development

Dr Adetimehin is actively involved in several outreach initiatives across the Departments of Pathology and Human Biology where he introduces high school learners and students from several schools within the City of Cape Town to the roles of insects in medico-legal investigations. He is also involved in the training and capacity development of undergraduate and graduate students in Nigeria specifically on the identification of forensically important flies and their overall importance in medico-legal investigations alongside the development of research methodologies, survey designs and research data collection.

Research Publications

The full list of Dr Adetimehin’s scientific publications can be accessed on Google Scholar through this link:


  1. Adetimehin, A. D., Mole, C. G., Finaughty, D. A. and Heyns, M. (2023). Incidental observation of bone modification by Crematogaster cf. liengmei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Cape Town, South Africa. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology.

  1. Adetimehin, A. D., Mole, C. G., Finaughty, D. A. and Heyns, M. (2023). Parasitic and predatory behavior of Alysia manducator (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) on blow fly larvae feeding on an adult pig carcass in the Western Cape Province of South Africa: preliminary observations and forensic implications. International Journal of Legal Medicine.

  1. Adetimehin, A. D., Mole, C. G., Finaughty, D. A. and Heyns, M. (2022). Caught in the act: impact of Crematogaster cf. liengmei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) necrophagous behavior on neonate pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus L.) in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. International Journal of Legal Medicine.
  2. Uyi, O., Amolo, I. G. and Adetimehin, A. D. (2019). Insecticidal activities of the leaf extract of the invasive alien plant Chromolaena odorata (L.) (Asteraceae) against Macrotermes species (Termites). Nigerian Journal of Entomology. 35: 145 – 153.

  1. Adetimehin, A. D., Ejomah, A. J. and Uyi, O. (2019). Efficacy of Chromolaena odorata (L.) (Asteraceae) root powder against the tropical bedbug, Cimex hemipterus (F.) (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Asian Journal of Biological Sciences. 12: 905 – 910.

  1. Omoregie, A. O., Omoregie, M. E., Adetimehin, A. D. and Aigbodion, F. I. (2019). Species composition of mosquitoes from boarding school dormitories in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Nigerian Annals of Pure and Applied Science. 2: 25 – 34.

  1. Uyi, O., Adetimehin, A. D. and Ogu, O. P. (2018). Repellent and insecticidal activities of the root extracts of Chromolaena odorata and Mimosa diplotricha against Macrotermes species. Journal of Entomology. 15(3): 135 – 142.

  1. Uyi, O., Adetimehin, A. D., Uyamasi, E. E. and Ejomah, A. J. (2018). Insecticidal activities of the leaf powders of Chromolaena odorata and Mimosa diplotricha against the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius (L.). International Journal of Zoological Research. 14: 37 – 42.

  1. Adetimehin, A. D. and Uyi, O. O. (2018). Larvicidal activity of the cold and hot water leaf extracts of Azadirachta indica A. Juss (Meliaceae) against the larvae of Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae). Animal Research International. 15(2): 3048 – 3054.

  1. Uyi, O. O. and Adetimehin, A. D. (2018). Efficacy of the stem powder of an invasive alien plant, Chromolaena odorata (L) (Asteraceae) against Callosobruchus maculatus (Fab.) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Applied Science and Environmental Management. 22(3): 379 – 385.

  1. Opuba, S. K., Adetimehin, A. D., Iloba, B. N. And Uyi, O. O. (2018). Insecticidal and anti-ovipositional activities of the leaf powder of Jatropha curcas (L.) (Euphorbiaceae) against Callosobruchus maculatus (F.) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Animal Research International. 15(1): 2971 – 2978.

  1. Iloba, B. N., Adetimehin, A. D. and Uyi, O. O. (2016). High mortality and reduced oviposition: efficacy of the leaf powder of an Indigenous Plant, Greenwayodendron suaveolens (Engl. and Diels) Verdc. (Annonaceae) against Callosobruchus maculatus (Fab.) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Nigerian Journal of Life Sciences. 6(2): 51 – 59.