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Student Symposium 2018

2009 Symposium
Participants at the symposium
(Photo by Don Davis)

Every year in March, we hold our annual Student Symposium at the Ramsay Wright Zoological Building at the University of Toronto. The next symposium will be held March 24, 2018.
Graduate students, senior undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to present either a talk or a poster. Everyone is welcome to attend. The audience is a good mix of professional and amateur entomologists who provide a large forum for the students.

Students interested in participating should contact Doug Currie, academic co-ordinator of the symposium at dc.currie@utoronto.ca with a provisional title. He will discuss whether a talk or poster is feasible. We aim for 6 talks and 10 posters and would like to cover a broad range of topics. Slots for the talks often fill up quickly.

Talks will be limited to 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions. Posters must be of reasonable size - 3 to 4 feet - and be capable of being attached to the walls without damaging them. Abstracts of the talks and posters (250 words) will be published in the TEA newsletter Ontario Insects.

Deadline for applying to participate in the symposium is March 9, 2018.

Research Grant

The TEA also offers a $400 research grant for students.

Range of Talks at the Symposium

The program lineup for a recent symposium was as follows:

Jessica Browne, University of Toronto
Gyrinid Reproductive Behaviour: Evidence of courtship and communication in Dineutus hornii

Sarah Dolson, Gard Otis, Patrice Bouchard, Hanh Duc Pham, Lien Thi Phuong Nguyen, and Tatiana Petukhova. University of Guelph
Ecology and behaviour of Platybolium alvearium (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), a highly integrated associate of Apis cerana (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies in North Vietnam

Lisa Emiljanowicz, Heather A. Hager, Jonathan A. Newman, University of Guelph
Traits related to biological invasion: A comparative analysis of plants and insects

Kelsey Jones and M.A. Smith, University of Guelph
Staphylinidae across a neotropical elevational gradient: Changes in abundance, morphology and genetic diversity

Margarita Miklasevskaja, York University
Towards a more accurate time-calibrated phylogeny of Colletidae: phylogeny of Chilicola (Hylaeosoma) (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) based on morphological and morphometric data of extant and fossil species

Jordan N. Minigan, Heather A. Hager, Jonathan A. Newman, University of Guelph
Potential for northward expansion of the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) range in North America under climate change

Morfin-Ramírez Nuria, Guzman-Novoa Ernesto, Goodwin H. Paul, University of Guelph
Effect of stressors on grooming and hygienic behaviour in the honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Catherine Scott, University of Toronto (Scarborough)
Web reduction behaviour in black widows: a story of attraction, courtship, manipulation, and rivalry