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muzzatti_websitephoto.jpgMatthew Muzzatti (PhD student; co-advised with Professor Heath MacMillan at Carleton University)

Matt completed his MSc at the University of Guelph with Rebecca Hallett, where he developed an action threshold for timing insecticide applications in canola to combat swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii), an established insect pest in Canada. He then joined the MacMillan and Bertram labs in 2020 to study how to maximize the health and growth rates of cultivated crickets for human consumption. Matt enjoys insect photography and pedagogy, and is a proponent of experiential learning to enhance teaching methods.

AlyssaAlyssa Froome (MSc student)

Alyssa completed her Undergraduate degree at Carleton University. Her fourth-year thesis project was conducted in the Bertram Lab, where she examined female mate preference for interpulse duration in Gryllus assimilis. In 2020, she re-joined the Bertram Lab to quantify aspects of male calling behaviour and female mate preference in Gryllodes sigillatus. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys rescuing and fostering animals.

20200904_083934Tricia Skelton (MSc student)

Tricia obtained her BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster University. Her studies have focused on aggression in fruit flies, activity patterns in various species of ants, and group decision making in the ant Temnothorax ambiguus. She now studies social learning in the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus, at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Tricia has a strong interest in science communication and visual art.

Jenna Watson

Jenna Watson (MSc student)

Jenna graduated from Carleton University with a BScH in Biology working with Roslyn Dakin for her Honours thesis on sociality and female mating behaviour in the Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda). Jenna joined the Bertram lab in the fall of 2022, where she is exploring how high protein and carbohydrate rearing diets influence a variety of female cricket mating behaviours in Gryllus pennsylvanicus.