Graduate Students Capture Entomology Awards

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Matthew Muzzatti, Cassie Russell, Jenny Liu and Charles-Etienne Ferland pose in front of backdrop that says 2018 Hall of Fame
Matthew Muzzatti, Cassie Russell, Jenny Liu and Charles-Etienne Ferland

Graduate students in the School of Environmental Sciences captured eight awards at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada and British Columbia, held in Vancouver, November 11-14, 2018.

The students were recognized for their excellent performance in the Student Presentation Competition at the Joint Annual Meeting and through the Entomological Society of Canada’s student awards.

Jenny Liu, an MSc student supervised by Prof. Rebecca Hallett, received the 2018 Entomological Society of Canada Postgraduate Student Award (MSc), which is awarded on the basis of high scholastic achievement. She was also awarded first place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems 'Landscape' section of the Student 10-minute Paper Competition, for her oral presentation 'When and where: Building a population dynamics model to understand outbreaks of an invasive midge'.

Charles-Etienne Ferland was awarded second place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems 'Landscape' section of the Student 10-minute Paper Competition, for his oral presentation 'Distribution and abundance of parasitoids of the swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii, in Ontario'.

Group of graduate students stand together with Prof. Nigel Raine
Prof. Nigel Raine's lab members at the Join Annual Meeting. Kyra Lightburn is top, far left and Janean Sharkey is in the bottom row, second from the right.

Kyra Lightburn, a PhD candidate co-supervised by Profs. Nigel Raine and Ralph Martin, was awarded first place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems virtual poster competition for her presentation ‘The effects of grassland management on wild bees in rotationally grazed pastures in Southern Ontario.

Matthew Muzzatti received one of two 2018 Entomological Society of Canada Dr. Lloyd M. Dosdall Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded to a graduate student with a focus on aquatic or agro-ecosystems. The $1,000 award is made on the basis of documented evidence of high scholastic achievement, sustained accomplishment and an obvious interest in arthropod community ecology.

Janean Sharkey, a MSc student working with Prof. Nigel Raine, was awarded second place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems ‘Bees’ poster competition for her presentation ‘Assessment of habitat use and ecology of native bees in tallgrass prairie and savanna in southern Ontario using novel tracking and molecular techniques.’

Cassandra (Cassie) Russell, an MSc student also supervised by Prof. Hallett, received one of two 2018 Entomological Society of Canada Graduate Research Travel Scholarships. These scholarships provide an opportunity for students to undertake research or course work pertinent to their thesis subject outside of their own institution, and are judged on scientific merit. Cassie was also awarded first place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems 'Integrated Pest Management 3' section of the Student Poster Competition, for her poster presentation 'Avoiding a sticky situation: Can pepper weevils escape sticky traps?'.

Over 4,000 entomologists from around North America and the world attended this year’s joint annual meeting.

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