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Student Affairs Committee - Thesis Roundup

If you or a student you know has recently defended an entomology-related thesis at a Canadian University, and would like notice of this accomplishment published here and in the Bulletin, please email students@esc-sec.ca with the relevant information following the format below.


Catton, Haley. PhD, 2014. Patterns and impact of herbivory by a biological control insect on its target weed and a native nontarget plant. Co-supervisors: Bob Lalonde, University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Rose De Clerck-Floate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Mlynarek, Julia J. PhD, 2014. Explaining Interspecific Variation in Susceptibility and Resistance to Parasitism in Damselflies. Supervisor: Dr. Mark R. Forbes, Carleton University.

Williams, Kathryn L. MSc, 2014. Relative distribution and biomass of Invertebrates in fens and marshes in the boreal region of northeastern Alberta. Supervisor: Jan J.H. Ciborowski, University of Windsor.


Andreassen, Lars D. Ph.D., 2013. Investigation of Aleochara bipustulata (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) adult diet and community interactions. Supervisor: Dr. Neil Holliday, University of Manitoba.

Anstead, Clare A. PhD, 2013. Comparison of the ticks and tick-borne bacteria of small mammals in western Canada. Supervisor: Neil Chilton, University of Saskatchewan.

Bailey, Pamela. PhD, 2013. Pollination biology of the endemic Erigeron lemmonii A. Gray, and its insect visitor networks compared to two widespread congeners Erigeron arisolius G.L. Nesom and Erigeron neomexicanus A. Gray (Asteraceae). Supervisors: Peter Kevan and Paul Voroney, University of Guelph. 

Bird, Heather. MSc, 2013. Phylogenomics of the Choristoneura fumiferana species complex (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Supervisor: Felix Sperling, University of Alberta.

Chubaty, Alexander M. PhD, 2013. Individual host selection decisions and population-level responses in a time- and energy-limited forager, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins. Supervisor: Bernard Roitberg, Simon Fraser University.

Illerbrun, Kurt K. PhD, 2013. The role of climate mediated tree-line rise in altering interactions between an alpine plant and its insect herbivore. Supervisor: Jens Roland, University of Alberta.

Kwon, Jessica. MSc, 2013. Development of a pheromone-based attract and kill formulation with visual cues to target the diurnally active apple clearwing moth, Synanthedon myopaeformis (Borkhausen), (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Supervisors: Maya Evenden, University of Alberta, and Gary Judd, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Paulson, Amber. MSc, 2013. The microbial associates and putative venoms of seed-chalcid wasps (Hymenoptera: Torymidae: Megastigmus). Supervisors: Steve Perlman and Patrick von Aderkas, University of Victoria.

Rigney, Christa L. MSc, 2013. Habitat characterization and biology of the Threatened Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) in Manitoba. Supervisor: Richard Westwood, University of Winnipeg.

Richardson, Tamara A. MSc NRES (Biology), 2013. Host colonization patterns, cues mediating host selection and calibration of field surveys with estimates of population abundance of Leptoglossus occidentalis in a seed orchard. Supervisor: Staffan Lindgren, University of Northern British Columbia.

Seehausen, M. Lukas. MSc 2013. Influence of partial cutting on hemlock looper and spruce budworm parasitism. (Original title in french: L'influence de la coupe partielle sur le parasitisme de l'arpenteuse de la pruche et de la tordeuse des bourgeons de l'épinette). Supervisors: Éric Bauce, Université Laval, and Jacques Régnière, Canadian Forest Service.

Schwarzfeld, Marla. PhD, 2013. Life, the Universe and Ophion: Systematics and diversity of Ichneumonidae, with an emphasis on the taxonomically neglected genus Ophion Fabricius. Supervisor: Felix Sperling, University of Alberta.

Wick, Ashley A. MSc, 2013. Beyond the host plant: Multi-scale habitat models for a northern peripheral population of the butterfly, Apodemia mormo (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae). Supervisors: Nadir Erbilgin and John Spence, University of Alberta.

Wong, Alpha. MSc, 2013. Effects of poplar phenolics on the fitness and behaviour of Chaitophorus aphids. Supervisors: Peter Constabel and Steve Perlman, University of Victoria.


Abram, Paul K. MSc, 2012. The parasitoid complex associated with the invasive swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii Kieffer (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Europe: prospects for classical biological control in North America. (paul-abram@hotmail.com). Supervisors: Peter Mason and Naomi Cappuccino, Carleton University. 

Borkent, Christopher J. PhD, 2012. Systematics of Leptomorphus and phylogeny of the Sciophilini (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). (chris.borkent@mail.mcgill.ca). Supervisor: Terry Wheeler, McGill University.

Charbonneau, Lise. MSc, 2012. Effects of fungal parasites on honey bee learning and memory. (lisechar@hotmail.com). Supervisors: Dave Shutler and Kirk Hillier, Acadia University.

Colla, Sheila. PhD, 2012. The ecology and conservation of North American Bumblebees. (collasheila@gmail.com). Supervisor: Laurence Packer, York University. 

Esch, Evan D. MSc, 2012. Interactions between the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) and whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Englemann). Supervisors: John Spence and David Langor, University of Alberta.

Flaherty, Leah. PhD, 2012. Direct and indirect effects of host tree condition on the preference and performance of an exotic wood-borer, Tetropium fuscum (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). (leahelizabethflaherty@gmail.com). Co-supervisors: Jon Sweeney & Dan Quiring, University of New Brunswick.

Kelly, Jillian. MSc, 2012. Development towards a pheromone-based monitoring system for red-striped fireworm, Aroga trialbamaculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), a pest of wild blueberries. (077911k@acadiau.ca). Supervisor: Kirk Hillier, Acadia University.

Leo, Sarah S.T.  MSc, 2012. Genetic diversity and host specificity in the winter tick -Dermacentor albipictus (Acari: Ixodidae). (ssleo@ualberta.ca). Supervisor: Felix Sperling, University of Alberta.

Little, Catherine M. MSc, 2012.  Interactions among mites (Varroa destructor), microsporidia (Nosema spp.), chemotherapy, and immunocompetence in European honey bees (Apis mellifera). (cate.little@acadiau.ca). Supervisors: Dave Shutler, Acadia University and Shelley Adamo, Dalhousie University.

Moffat, Chandra. MSc, 2012. Cryptic host-associated and frequency-dependent patterns of host species selection of a candidate weed biological control agent in its native range. (chandra.moffat@gmail.com). Supervisors: Bob Lalonde and Jason Pither, University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

Nardone, Erika. MSc, 2012. The bees of Algonquin Park: a study of their distribution, their community guild structure, and the use of various sampling techniques in logged and unlogged hardwood stands. Supervisor: Peter Kevan, University of Guelph.

Pinault, Lauren. PhD, 2012. Aspects of spatial and habitat ecology of multiple Anopheles species (Diptera: Culicidae): malaria vectors in the highlands and foothills of Ecuador Supervisor: Fiona F. Hunter, Brock University. 

Stephens, Danielle T. MSc, 2012. Pollination ecology and the floral rewards of Vaccinium myrtilloides and V. vitis-idaea (Ericaceae). (danielle.stephens@usask.ca). Supervisor: Art Davis, University of Saskatchewan.

Veilleux, Jonathan. MSc, 2012. Establishment of Scolytus schevyrewi Semenov (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in the Prairies: life cycle, hosts and impact. (jdebeloeil@hotmail.com). Supervisor: Neil Holliday, University of Manitoba.

Villa-Rogriguez, Sandra. MSc, 2012. Reproductive biology and floral phenology of Sicyos Deppei G. Don (Cucurbitaceae) in disturbed areas in the city of San Andres Cholula, Peubla, Mexico. Supervisor: Peter Kevan, University of Guelph.

Wood, Charlene M. MSc, 2012. Saproxylic beetles (Coleoptera) associated with aspen deadwood in broad-leaved boreal mixedwood stands. Supervisors: John Spence and David Langor, University of Alberta.

Zhang, Miles Y. MSc, 2012. An integrative approach to distinguishing taxonomically challenging microhymenoptera: Eurytomidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) associated with cynipid galls on rose. (yuanmeng.zhang@gmail.com). Supervisor: Joe Shorthouse, Laurentian University. 


Daoust, Simon. PhD, 2011. Impacts de l'intensification agricole et de la structure du paysage sur les relations tri-trophiques entre un oiseau hôte, des mouches ectoparasites et leurs parasitoides. (daoust.simon@gmail.com). Supervisors: Jacques Brodeur and Jade Savage, Université de Montréal. 

Dergousoff, Shaun. PhD, 2011. Comparison of the bacteria within ticks from allopatric and sympatric populations of Dermacentor andersoni and Dermacentor variabilis near their northern distributional limits in Canada. Supervisor: Neil Chilton. University of Saskatchewan.

Dombroskie, Jason. PhD, 2011. Aspects of archipine evolution (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).
(dombrosk@ualberta.ca). Supervisor: Felix Sperling, University of Alberta.

D'Orsay, Clayton. MSc, 2011. The influence of pasture management intensity on species richness and abundance of beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Staphylinidae and Curculionoidea) on a managed Nova Scotia pasture. (cdorsay@upei.cadorsay@syd.eastlink.ca) Supervisors: Donna Giberson (UPEI) and David McCorquodale (CBU), University of Prince Edward Island. 

Gibson, Joel. PhD, 2011. The evolutionary biology of Conopidae (Diptera): a life history, molecular, morphological, systematic, and taxonomic approach. Supervisors: Stewart Peck (Carleton University) and Jeff Skevington (Canadian National Insect Collection), Carleton University. 

Horton, Susan. MSc, 2011. Identifying the locations, movement and habitat of the European Fire Ant, Myrmica rubra; an invasive species in the urban/suburban environment of Halifax, Nova Scotia. (susanmlhorton@gmail.com) Supervisor: Cathy Conrad, Saint Mary's University. 

Knee, Wayne. PhD, 2011. Host specificity and species boundaries of beetle-associated mites. (wknee@connect.carleton.ca). Supervisor: Mark R. Forbes, Carleton University. 

Mousseau, Tonya. PhD, 2011. Systematics and Biogeography of the nepalensis species group
(Nicrophorus: Silphidae: Coleoptera) of Southeast Asia. (moussea@ucalgary.ca). Supervisors:
Derek S. Sikes, University of Alaska Museum, and Anthony P. Russell, University of Calgary.

Toprak, Umut. PhD, 2011. The molecular architecture of Mamestra configurata peritrophic
matrix. (Umut.Toprak@agri.ankara.edu.tr). Supervisors: Cedric Gillott, University of Saskatchewan, and Martin Erlandson, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon.