PhD , 1998
Dr. Maya L. Evenden graduated with a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria in 1991. After a year at Université Laval to brush up her French, she started at Simon Fraser University in the Master of Pest Management (MPM) Program. Those intensive two years involved taking eleven courses, conducting field research throughout BC, and writing and defending her thesis. Dr. Evenden's MPM research was conducted in the laboratory of the internationally renowned insect chemical ecologist, Dr. John Borden. Her initial experience in the Borden lab got her hooked on insect chemical ecology research and applications of semiochemicals to Integrated Pest Management.
Dr. Evenden continued in the Borden lab for her PhD but her focus shifted to research of chemical communication in orchard-inhabiting moths and she was co-supervised by Dr. Gary Judd (another SFU alumnus) at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in Summerland, BC. In 1998, Dr. Evenden defended her PhD thesis which was entitled: “Semiochemical-based disruption of mate-finding behaviour in Choristoneura rosaceana (Harris) and Pandemis limitata (Robinson) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in British Columbia apple orchards”.
After graduating from SFU, Dr. Evenden pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Kentucky and her husband, Steven Dokken (another SFU alumnus), and she moved to Lexington, KY. Before leaving Kentucky for her first faculty position at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, our first daughter, Hannah Dokken was born. In Pennsylvania, she continued to conduct research in orchard agroecosystems and she was introduced to teaching undergraduate students. In 2003, Dr. Evenden received an NSERC University Faculty Award that allowed her to join the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. In Alberta, her research focused on the chemical ecology of insects considered to be pests of agriculture and forestry in western Canada. In Alberta, Dr. Evenden have graduated ten graduate students from her lab since 2003 and had another daughter, Nyssa Dokken in 2006.
Published in April 2016