Insect Populations

Program Chairs: Véronique Martel, Julien Saguez, and Johnnie Van Den Berg

During the last decades, several insect populations declined due to a variety of factors (global change, agricultural practices, etc). In contract, we’ve observed invasions in different countries. Various tools have been developed to monitor insect populations and their migrations. New molecular tools are also available to rapidly identify the origin of invasive alien species. Insect populations could also evolve and adapt to their new environment. This session aims to focus on these different issues. 


Plenary Speakers

A landscape-level assessment of restoration resource allocation for the eastern monarch butterfly
Rodrigo Solis Sosa, DVM

Simon Fraser Unviersity
Mexico / Canada
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I graduated from Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics at the Faculty of Higher Studies Cuautitlán in 2006 (Mexico), having one semester abroad at the University of California Davis. I have an MSc degree in Sustainable Development at the Technological Institute of Higher Studies Monterrey. Currently enrolled in the 7th year of the Ph.D. program at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Since 2018, I am also a member of the ReNewZoo professional development program, from which I am serving as a student representative right now, and has allowed me to be an intern at the Montreal Insectarium and Calgary Zoo. I have worked with the Monarch Butterfly’s conservation over the last nine years. I focused on community engagement at the Monarch’s overwintering grounds in Mexico (collaborating with WWF) during my MSc. In my Ph.D., I aimed to understand the deep connection between people across North America and the Monarch’s conservation. I have collaborated with several not-for-profit and government agencies to advance science-based conservation, notably updating the Tri-national Monarch Conservation Strategy and the Saskatchewan’s Monarch’s Prairie Conservation Action Plan. I also work as Human Network and Data Coordinator for eButerfly, a citizen science online platform focused on the documentation and conservation of butterflies across North America. In this role, I have focused on engaging and promoting citizen science projects for butterfly conservation across North and Central America.


What can automated pest monitoring and forecasting do for insect pest population management and what it can't?
Matej Štefančič

EFOS - Trapview
Hruševje, Slovenia
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Matej Štefančič is a Slovenian national. He holds masters degree in computer science. For nearly 20 years, he’s been involved in developing IT solutions in the field of environment and food safety. In 2007 he co-funded company Efos, which created Trapview – one of the world’s leading automated pest monitoring and forecasting platforms. Through Trapview, over 50 species of insects are being monitored in nearly 50 countries. In recent years Matej gave several oral presentation at various events, like ABIM and Entomological Society of America.  He was also actively involved in various large projects, like creation automated monitoring of H. armigera in Mediterranean basin.


Bionomics of Rift Valley fever vectors associated with large wildlife herbivore loss: A simulation study
David Poumo Tchouassi, PhD

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
Nairobi, Kenya

David was born in Malende, Cameroon. He completed his BSc (First Class Honors) in Zoology (2001) from the University of Buea, Cameroon and MSc (2006) in Medical Entomology from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He obtained his PhD in Entomology (2013) from the University of Pretoria working on insect chemical ecology and genetics with the research conducted at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya. He has been a research scientist in the Human Health Theme at icipe since 2015 having previously served as a Postdoctoral fellow (2013-2015). David’s research focuses on transmission ecology and epidemiology of malaria and arboviral diseases with a keen interest on chemical ecology of their associated vectors. Integral to this is extensive surveillance involving laboratory and field experiments for improved understanding of the ecology of malaria and arboviruses of public health significance, identification of weak links in vector-pathogen-host interactions for control, and the development of biocontrol methods (semiochemical-based) for vector surveillance and epidemiological investigations. He is an Associate Editor (International Journal of Tropical Insect Science), co-Chief Editor, Specialty section on Vector Biology, Frontiers in Tropical Diseases and Adhoc reviewer for many journals (e.g., Parasit Vectors, Malar J, J Med Entomol, Transbound Emerg Dis, Bull Entomol Res, PLoS Negl Trop Dis).

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