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Student Affairs – Mandate, Roles and Committee
Mandate
   • To advise Student Members, the Governing Board, and the Society on programs of the Society for students and on other matters concerning
      students.
   • To advise Student Members and the Society on the training of entomologists and on the future job opportunities for entomologists in Canada.

Roles and Responsibilities

   • Publication of the Student Wing (news and information relevant to ESC student members) and Thesis Roundup (lists of new graduates with
     postgraduate entomology degrees in Canada) sections of the ESC Bulletin.
   • Organization of Graduate Student Symposiums and Silent Auctions held during ESC Annual Meetings in aid of the Scholarships Fund.    • Dissemination of information relevant to the student members through the ESC website, such as the
     Directory of Entomological Education in Canada and ESC Student Awards.
   • Regular postings of entomology-related jobs and training opportunities on the ESC website and ESC Student Group on Facebook.

The 2014-2015 ESC Student Affairs Committee

If you are interested in getting involved with the ESC Student Affairs Committee, please email us!

Miles Zhang (Orlando, Florida, SEPAC Co-Chair)
Miles' passion for insects and other arthropods has started at a very young age, and further developed during his BSc at the University of Guelph. He then completed his MSc on the integrative taxonomy of Eurytomidae associated with rose galls at Laurentian University with Dr. Joe Shorthouse before switching taxa to work on the evolution of Peristenus (Braconidae) with Dr. Barb Sharanowski at the University of Central Florida.

Joanna Konopka (ESC Student Representative, SEPAC Co-Chair, London)
Joanna’s main research interest is applied entomology, especially integrated pest management and medical entomology. With her background in ecology and evolution, she is currently working on her doctoral research on a biocontrol of brown marmorated stink bug incorporating molecular and imaging techniques (Western University; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; in collaboration with CABI Europe-Switzerland).

Anne-Sophie Caron (Montreal)
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.

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 ofAgrilus 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.



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