B.S., B.A., College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Bryan Brendley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Forensic Science at Methodist University. He primarily teaches The Investigative Process, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction. Brendley comes to Methodist University after retiring from Guilford College’s Biology Department and Forensics Institute after 18 years of service, with the last six as chair. Over the years he served in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Bureau of Law Enforcement as a sworn deputy Waterways Conservation Officer and in the USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine division as a field agent to monitor and to eradicate noxious plants in Northwest Pennsylvania. Dr. Brendley continues to guest lecture in the region including talks on expert testimony at Campbell University’s School of Law and on clandestine grave recovery at Sirchie, Inc. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association and the North Carolina International Association for Identification. Brendley holds a B.S. (Biology) and a B.A. (History) from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. (Plant Physiology) from The Pennsylvania State University.