• To advise Student Members, the Governing Board, and the Society on programs of the Society for students and on other matters concerning
• 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 2013-2014 ESC Student Affairs Committee
If you are interested in getting involved with the ESC Student Affairs Committee, please email us!
Paul Abram (ESC Student Representative, SAC Co-Chair, Montréal)
Paul has been a member of the SAC since 2010, and is excited to serve as student
representative for the ESC in 2014. In 2012, he completed his Masters work at Carleton
University (Ottawa) and CABI (Switzerland), conducting a survey of Europe for potential
biological control agents of an invasive pest of Brassica crops in Canada, the swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii). He is currently working on his PhD at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Jacques Brodeur and Guy Boivin, studying the fascinating behavioural ecology of egg parasitoids of stink bugs.
Boyd Mori (SAC Co-Chair, Edmonton)
Boyd started his post-secondary education at the University of the Fraser Valley in
Abbotsford, British Columbia, before transferring to the University of Alberta to finish his Bachelor's degree. During his time at the U of A, he was inspired by some fantastic faculty members to continue on in entomology. He is currently completing his PhD under the supervision of Maya Evenden exploring the use of pheromones to monitor and manage Coleophora deauratella, a significant pest of red clover in north-western Alberta. He also hopes to track the invasion of C. deauratella in Alberta, and possibly Canada, using molecular phylogenetic analyses.
Chandra Moffat (Fredericton)
Chandra is a PhD student at the University New Brunswick, where she studies the evolution of host-race formation and speciation in herbivorous insects. She has been involved with the ESC Student Affairs Committee since 2010, and served as the Student Representative from 2010-2012. She is currently Co-Chair of the International Congress of Entomology Student Affairs Committee, representing the ESC SAC. She completed a BSc at the University of Victoria, where through the co-op program, she gained experience in agricultural entomology, invasive plant ecology and biological control. After her BSc, she worked for both the CFIA and CABI Europe-Switzerland, and then completed an MSc investigating the host-associations of a candidate weed biological control agent in its native range.
Léna Durocher-Granger (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Honduras)
Léna completed her master degree in 2011 on reproductive strategies of parasitoids at
McGill University and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She is now working in Central America to support IPM projects with small producers, but still helping in the SAC.
Guillaume Dury (Montréal)
With the help of his parents, Guillaume started collecting insects before he was 5 years old. The passion has only grown; during his undergraduate degree at the University of Québec at Montréal, Guillaume studied the feeding behavior of forest tent caterpillars. He is currently studying circular group defense in the larvae of neotropical leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae), using a molecular phylogeny he will uncover evolutionary history of this behaviour. He is currently completing this Master's project at McGill's Macdonald Campus and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama
Ikkei Shikano (Vancouver)
Ikkei completed his Master's degree at the University of British Columbia where he ignited a passion for insects while researching their ability to retain long-term memory. He is currently working on a PhD at Simon Fraser University studying self-medication behaviour associated with tritrophic interactions between cabbage loopers, their host plants, and entomopathogens.
Joanna Konopka (London)
Joanna’s main research interest is applied entomology, especially integrated pest
management and medical entomology. Joanna has recently completed her MSc (Western
University), where she established the pre- and post- mating behaviour of Western bean
cutworm females in terms of sexual maturity, courtship, and sexual receptivity. With her
background in ecology and evolution, she is now starting her doctoral research on a
biocontrol project incorporating molecular and imaging techniques (Western University;
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; in collaboration with CABI Europe-Switzerland).
Tyler Wist (Edmonton/Saskatoon)
Tyler finished his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan where his passion for economic entomology was ignited. Along the way he killed many mosquitoes, monitored West Nile Virus in Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) populations and tracked urban forest insects with the Pest Management department of the City of Saskatoon. He worked on insect pollination of Echinacea at the University of Saskatchewan for his MSc until the ash leaf coneroller, Caloptilia fraxinella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) invaded the ash trees of the urban forests of the Western Canadian prairies. Tyler has nearly completed his PhD studies on the chemical ecology of the ash leaf coneroller and its dominant parasitoid, Apanteles polychrosidis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) at the University of Alberta. The student affairs committee welcomes him back to help organize the 2014 ESC Jam in Saskatoon.
Justin Gaudon (Toronto)
Justin completed his Bachelor’s degree (BES) at the University of Waterloo, where he
gained a broad yet deep ecological skill set. Shortly after, he became fascinated by the
great diversity of insects, how many are poorly known, and their importance. Now, Justin
is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry and is specializing
in forest entomology. His research is concerned with augmenting native parasitoids—
primarily, Phasgonophora sulcata—to slow the spread of the highly invasive emerald ash
borer (Agrilus planipennis) in North America.
Sarah Loboda (Montréal)
Sarah discovered a passion for spiders during her undergrad studies that lead her to do a
Masters on spatial patterns of spider diversity in Northern Canada as part of the Northern
Biodiversity Program. Supervised by Jade Savage (Bishop's) and Chris Buddle (McGill),
she just started her PhD on ecological and evolutionary responses of arctic insects to recent climate change in Greenland.