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EmilyEmily Missyabit McAuley (nee Whattam) (PhD student; co-advised with Professor Ron Ydenberg at Simon Fraser University)
Emily completed her MSc at Carleton University in the Bertram lab, where she published a whopping 6 peer reviewed publications on a host of different subjects pertaining to diet quality and sexual signalling. Emily then joined Ron Ydenberg’s lab at Simon Fraser for her PhD where she has been examining whether the introduction of fish into historically fishless mountain streams decreases the stream insects which the harlequin ducks need as their source of food.  Emily returned to Ottawa in 2016 and re-joined the Bertram lab while she works full time at the Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Emily is Co-Chair of AAFC’s Indigenous Network Circle, and is the Indigenous Liaison Scientist, where she acts as a link between Indigenous communities and AAFC scientists. Emily strongly encourages the development of the department’s support to Indigenous agriculture. Emily enjoys supporting AAFC’s Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative to encourage Indigenous youth to consider careers in the sciences. She is an active member of Lake Manitoba First Nation,  the mother of two young children, and is completing her PhD while she simultaneously juggles her many important responsibilities.


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.