PhD (BiSc), 1997
Bsc (BiSc), 1989
Therese Poland completed her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences in 1988, then after working for two years, she returned to SFU for her M.P.M. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees. She studied the chemical ecology of bark beetles for both of her graduate degrees with Dr. John Borden. In 1997, Therese moved to East Lansing, Michigan to pursue a four-year post-doctoral research position with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service studying semiochemical-based management of the invasive European pine shoot beetle that was devastating Scots pine in the Great Lakes Region. Upon completion of her post-doc, she was hired as a permanent Research Entomologist and continue to study invasive forest insects including the Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer, two of the most destructive insects that have ever invaded North American forests. Therese's research has taken her to remote areas of China for field work, led to the development of improved methods to detect and manage these invasive species, and has been recognized with USDA Forest Service Chief’s Awards for Technology Transfer and for International Forestry Research, and a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The location of the Forest Service laboratory on the campus of Michigan State University, allows her to collaborate with university partners and serve as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Entomology. Therese has supervised six post-doctoral research associates and twelve graduate students.
- Written by the Faculty of Science
Published in March 2016