PhD (Biological Sciences), 2003
MSc (Biological Sciences), 1999
Deepa Pureswaran grew up in southern India where the diversity of plants and animals inspired her to obtain an undergraduate degree in Zoology. Her quest for graduate studies in North America fortuitously brought her to Dr. John Borden’s lab at Simon Fraser University where she completed her Masters and PhD on the communication ecology of tree-killing bark beetles. She then pursued an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College followed by another fellowship at the US Forest Service in Michigan. She was hired by the Canadian Forest Service to study the ecology and management of forest insect outbreaks. Deepa’s trans-disciplinary research program examines the causes and consequences of native and exotic forest insect disturbance in the context of a changing climate and global trade. She is a PI or co-PI on collaborative research grants totaling $ 3 million, including an NSERC Discovery Grant. She was awarded an NSERC Early Career Researcher Award in 2011. Deepa is an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick, Université du Quebec à Montreal and Université Laval. Combining the strong infra-structure of government labs and intellectual freedom of universities, she co-supervises and advises 12 graduate students. She believes that training students to be innovative and critical thinkers is crucial to shaping entomological research in Canada. Deepa works in Quebec City where she now lives with her husband.
- Written by the Faculty of Science