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SFU expert on moth outbreak

September 10, 2020


Gerhard Gries, Biological Sciences,

Melissa Shaw, communications and marketing, 236.880.3297,

Great numbers of Western hemlock looper moths have been spotted across Metro Vancouver. SFU professor Gerhard Gries, who holds an NSERC-Industrial Research Chair in Multimodal Animal Communication Ecology, is available to provide insight on these insects and why we are seeing this outbreak occur.

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