Anne-Sophie Caron (Montreal, SEPAC Co-Chair)
Anne-Sophie has been interested by ecology from a young age, being exposed closely to it at summer camp. She went on to do her BSc in Environmental Biology at McGill University where she discovered a particular interest for insects, leading to an honours thesis on Ichneumonid wasps. She is now part of the Neotropical program, a collaboration between McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and is currently finishing her MSc on the implication of tree diversity on beetle communities and their effect on ecosystem functioning in Sardinilla, Panama with Dr. Chris Buddle and Dr. Don Windsor. She is also aiming to further her study on the ecology of arthropod somewhere in Europe next year.
Rachel Rix (Halifax, SEPAC Co-Chair)
Rachel is a graduate student at Dalhousie University working under Dr. Chris Cutler. Rachel’s love of insects began as a child when she would collect potato beetles from her father’s garden to keep as pets. Rachel’s research field is in insect toxicology, specifically the phenotypic and molecular effects of pesticides on insects. Rachel began her research as an undergraduate, looking at the efficacy of essential oils as pesticides on diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). She then began examining the effects of low dose insecticide exposure on reproduction, gene expression, and stress adaptation on green peach aphid (Myzus persicae), which has been expanded in her graduate work. Additionally, as a graduate student, Rachel has worked on projects examine the effects of pesticides on honey bee (Apis mellifera). Rachel has published several papers in Pest Management Science, Journal of Pest Science, and the Journal of Economic Entomology. She is also serving as the student representative on the ESC Science Policy Committee. Rachel and several colleagues at Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture coordinate a campus discussion group, which aims to foster intellectual discussion and debate on topics in science, agriculture, policy, and communication. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running and cycling, and reading about history and science.
Guillaume Dury (Bloomington, Indiana)
Since Guillaume started his insect collection, before he was 5 years old, his passion has only grown. One broad question is at the heart of his interest in insect behavior, its evolution, and ecology: Why do insects act, and interact, the way they do? He did an undergraduate degree at the University of Québec at Montréal in biology and ecology. For his Master’s degree at McGill and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, he used a molecular phylogeny to uncover evolutionary history of circular group defense in the larvae of neotropical leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae). For his Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington, he will work on social behaviors (including parental care) in dung beetles.
Justin Gaudon (Toronto)
Justin completed his Bachelor’s degree (BES, Hons.) at the University of Waterloo in 2013. Now, Justin is working on his PhD at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto under the supervision of Sandy Smith. He is specializing in forest entomology and exploring the feasibility of slowing the spread of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), more commonly known as emerald ash borer or EAB, using North American natural enemies. He is exploring questions concerning the influence of host-tree stress, augmentation of populations, host preferences and host-location behaviours, and flight capacities of these native natural enemies.
Jessica Turgeon (Montreal)
Jessica completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology at McGill University (B.Sc. Honours). Here she discovered her interest in ecology and used entomology to further explore this vast field. In collaboration with the Kenauk Institute, she completed an honours project on beetle and spider communities. This pilot project was successful and led to a Master’s opportunity with the institute. She is currently working on her Master’s project detailing the effects of vertical stratification and forest management on beetle and spider communities under the supervision of Dr. Chris Buddle.
Jess Vickruck (Calgary)
Jess recently completed her PhD with Miriam Richards (Brock University) researching the evolution of social groups in the eastern carpenter bee and is now a postdoc in the lab of Paul Galpern (University of Calgary). She is broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of native bees, particularly how competition for limiting environmental resources influences interactions both within and among species.
Mathilde Gaudreau (Montreal)
Mathilde was always obsessed with the animal kingdom but she only truly fell in love with insects towards the end of her BSc, over her Honor’s thesis and two summers working with stink bugs and their egg parasitoids in Dr. Jacques Brodeur bio control lab, at Université de Montréal. Following the findings of her Hons, Mathilde is now working on her MSc on the physiological and behavioral effects of UV exposure on hymenopteran egg parasitoids in the field. She spends all her free time collecting and pinning insects for her collection.
Tina Dancau (Ottawa)
Tina became interested in entomology during her undergrad working co-op jobs doing integrated pest management and arthropod biological control. She completed her BSc at Simon Fraser University in Biological Sciences and is now pursuing her MSc in Biology with a Bioinformatics specialization with Dr. Naomi Cappuccino and Dr. Peter Mason at Carleton University and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her research is focused on creating a lifetable of the diamondback moth (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) for the Ottawa area.