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Student Affairs – Mandate, Roles and Committee
   • 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 2014-2015 ESC Student Affairs Committee

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

Joanna Konopka (ESC Student Representative, SAC 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).

Paul Abram (SAC Co-Chair, Montréal)
Paul has been a member of the SAC since 2010, and co-chair since 2013. His research interests include the behavioural ecology of parasitoids and their hosts as well as arthropod biological control. He is currently working on his PhD at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Jacques Brodeur and Guy Boivin, studying the evolutionary ecology of parental care in two model systems: a parasitoid of stink bug eggs that guards host patches, and a predatory stink bug that can change the colouration of its eggs.

Guillaume Dury (Montréal)
Since Guillaume started his insect collection, before he was 5 years old, his passion has only grown; during his undergraduate degree at the University of Québec at Montréal, he studied the feeding behaviour of forest tent caterpillars. For his Master’s degree at McGill's Macdonald Campus and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Guillaume studied circular group defense in the larvae of neotropical leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae), and used a molecular phylogeny to uncover evolutionary history of this behaviour. He plans on starting a Ph.D. in September.

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.

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.

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.

Boyd Mori (Alnarp)
Boyd has been a member of the SAC since 2011 and has previously served as Student Representative and Co-Chair. He 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 BSc. During his time at the U of A, he was inspired by some fantastic faculty members to continue on in entomology. Boyd completed his PhD in July 2014 entitled, “Following the plume: Development of a pheromone-based monitoring and management program forColeophora deauratella(Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae)”. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, Sweden. His current research focuses on insect-yeast interactions, specifically, the role of yeasts in attraction of the Spotted Wing Drosophila,Drosophila suzukii.

Miles Zhang (Winnipeg)
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 Manitoba.