A non-credit version of the program is available through Coursera.
For UAlberta students:
Students can sign up for ENT 101 for 3 credits. Find full registration instructions here.
Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions is a 12-lesson course that provides online learners with an introduction to the biology, diversity, and ecology of insects and their roles in human society.
Students will examine the importance of insects in processes that affect humans such as:
Students will hear from Canadian experts in different insect-related fields—such as forest management and insects in indigenous cultures—and virtually-visit exciting locations such as the Royal Alberta Museum, an Albertan honey farm, and even an insect cafe. Learners will gain an understanding of the helpful and harmful roles of insects in agricultural and forest ecosystems and get a chance to apply the principles of integrated pest management in an interactive learning simulation.
By the end of the course, students will gain a recognition of the boundless diversity and incredible adaptability of some of the most successful animals to ever inhabit the earth, as well as how humans have made insects integral parts of our cultures, economies, and ecosystems.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
None! Just an interest in the natural world and a willingness to learn!
12 graded modules with graded, end-of-module quizzes, supplemented with pass/fail interactive learning objects and formative, in-video questions. Certificates are available upon completion for a fee.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week
3 credit version will be available to University of Alberta students in Fall 2019 (Class capped at 100 students).
Register now on Coursera
Dr. Evenden received an NSERC University Faculty Award to join the University of Alberta in 2003. Her research interests focus on the chemical and behavioural ecology of insects considered to be pests of agriculture, forestry and horticulture in western Canada. The research in her laboratory contributes to the development of sustainable pest management systems. At the University of Alberta, Dr. Evenden teaches: Insect Biology, Insects in Managed Ecosystems, and Chemical Ecology. Dr. Evenden has served as the President of the Entomological Societies of Alberta (2006) and Canada (2010), as well as the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America (2018). She is currently a member of the editorial board on 5 scientific journals. She enjoys being with her family, camping, biking and travelling.
Ilan Domnich recently completed his B.Sc. in Animal Biology, with a specialisation in Invertebrate Zoology. A passionate, young entomologist, Ilan’s enthusiasm for insects is unparalleled. He has volunteered as an invertebrate specialist at the Royal Alberta Museum for the past six years, caring for live animals in the collection and contributing to outreach events. Ilan also has a degree in Finance from the University of Alberta, with a minor in Accounting. In his free time, Ilan works on his art and enjoys exploring the outdoors.
Joelle Lemmen-Lechelt completed her Ph.D. in Ecology in Maya Evenden’s Insect Chemical Ecology Lab at the University of Alberta. She also recently completed a post-doctoral research position at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where she studied the behaviour and chemical ecology of an invasive fruit fly, the spotted wing Drosophila. Joelle is currently a Biology Instructor at Red Deer College, and believes strongly in the importance of science research, and of using that knowledge for education, outreach and the development of applied technologies. She loves to be outside, and enjoys running, hiking and biking in nature.
Valerie Marshall is a young ecologist who completed her Bachelor of Science in Ecology at the University of Alberta. After working closely with Maya Evenden in her insect chemical ecology lab, Valerie discovered her love for insects. She has also volunteered as an invertebrate specialist at the Royal Alberta Museum, feeding and caring for the predaceous creatures in the Bug Gallery. When not in the field, lab, or office; Valerie likes to hike, climb, read and knit.
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