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Graduate Students

Matthew 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.

Sophie Kasdorf (MSc student; co-advised with Professor Heath MacMillan at Carleton University)

Sophie joined the lab as a fourth-year undergraduate student in the fall of 2021 to complete her honours thesis, which focused on the use of brewery waste as the primary protein source in cricket feed. In the fall of 2022, she started her M.Sc. co-supervised by Heath MacMillan. Her research focuses on the use of sustainable feed sources for edible crickets.

Tricia 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 (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.

Undergraduate Thesis Students

Caterina Gasparini

How does Gryllus pennsylvanicus diet affect female mating behaviour?

Other Undergraduates

Hunter Brzezinski (I-CUREUS)

Celine Larose

Emily Loewen

Samrina Nasrin Yousuf (I-CUREUS)

Cassandra Stabile (I-CUREUS)

Shania Tubana-Dean