Carl Selavka is a forensic scientist specializing in explosives, arson and esoteric toxicology. As Director of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory System, Carl is responsible for the full service central lab in Sudbury and satellite crime labs in Agawam and Danvers, as well as the DNA Databank for the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the MSP in July 1998, Dr. Selavka spent two years as the Director of Forensic Services with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, where he worked with the state’s 25 public forensic science labs to help them achieve accreditation and was responsible for the State DNA Databank and Forensic Science Commission. Carl also worked for 5 years as a Director at National Medical Services in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and 4 years as an Operations Officer with the Army Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Lab in Hawaii. He recently completed a 9-month stint as a Senior Program Manager at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science & Technology. At NIJ, Carl was responsible for $45MM+ in cooperative agreements within the Crime Lab Improvement Program and NIJ coordination of Forensic Resource Network activities.

Carl attended Indiana University – where he majored in Chemistry and Forensic Studies – and also graduated with an MS and PhD in Forensic Chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston. Carl is immediate Past-President of the American Board of Criminalistics. His research and publications have focused on esoteric toxicology, bomb and arson analysis and laboratory leadership. Carl’s wife, Carolyn, is a veterinary surgeon, and they live with their daughter, 3 dogs & 2 cats in Charlton, Mass.