Education

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • PhD Entomology, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • MSc Entomology, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • BSc Zoology, University of Manitoba, Canada

Teaching responsibilities

  • ENTM 0610 Beekeeping
  • ENTM 1000 World of Bugs
  • ENTM 3190 Introduction to Applied Entomology
  • ENTM 4520 Physiological Ecology of Insects
  • ENTM 7240 Advances in Physiological Ecology of Insects
  • ENTM 7230 Advanced Pollination Biology

Research

Research Interests

  • The biology, physiology and behaviour of honey bees
  • The impact and management of stressors affecting colony health
  • Honey bee nutrition
  • Pollination by managed and native pollinators

Current research projects

  • Manipulation of ventilation during indoor storage of honey bees to manage pests and disease
  • Management of varroa and viruses with oxalic acid during indoor and outdoor wintering
  • Understanding mechanisms of resistance to parasitic mites through grooming behaviour
  • Detection and development of biomarkers to inform management of honey bee health
  • Development of proteomic and molecular markers for resistance against honey bee pathogens and parasites

Publications

Other information

Awards

  • 2019 Red River Apiarists Association: Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2016 AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Award – Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus
  • 2012 Manitoba Beekeepers Association, Bee Hive Award recognizing commitment and dedicated service to the industry. January 2012
  • 2002 Teacher of the Year Award, Agriculture Diploma, second year
  • 2001 Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Agricultural Colleges and The School of Agriculture
  • 1998 Teacher of the Year Award, Agriculture Diploma, second year
  • 1997 Alan Clemson Memorial Foundation Award/ for Excellence in Honey Bee Research, Australia: New South Wales Beekeepers Association, NSW, Australia
  • 1995 Teacher of the Year Award, Agriculture Diploma, second year
  • 1994 University of Manitoba Outreach Award