MPM Research

The Master of Pest Management program is recognized for its unique professional aspects that students gain, in part, from valuable contributions of research scientists and managers who participate as guest instructors. It provides a unique opportunity for students by offering a combination of basic research with the practical applications of pest management principles, as well as a broad and diverse selection of research areas for graduate student projects.
As new technologies and skills emerge with which pest problems can be solved, there are exciting research opportunities for both students and faculty. Society is faced with formidable challenges because the management of pests is becoming increasingly complex while constrained by limited resources and concerns of environmental sustainability. Hence, new and innovative approaches to management of pests are being developed that include biological control, biotechnology, and chemical ecology.
General research areas include apiculture, behavioural ecology, biological control, biotechnology, chemical ecology, chemical toxicology, insect biochemistry and molecular biology, disease vectors, plant pathology, plant stress physiology, vertebrate pests, and plant ecology. Student's research may study, for example, pests of agricultural crops and forests, small fruits and orchards, urban environments and recreational areas, rangeland and livestock, aquaculture fisheries, and those concerning human health.