Dr. Tyler Wist has been chasing bugs since his second year of University when he joined the Pest Management are of the City of Saskatoon for insect pest control and understanding the ecology of pest insects that afflict urban forests (think, tree pests) and urban dwellers (think mosquitoes). He spent his MSc degree researching beneficial pollinating insects in flowering crops and then his PhD working on moths, and the wasps that like to lay eggs in them. After this schooling, he acquired a research scientist post in the most logical field of entomology in Saskatchewan, and that is, in a field, so he is now a field crop entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon. Although he specializes in wheat insect pests like wheat midge and cereal aphids, he still continues to work on new pests in new crops (canary seed and quinoa), the worst insect pests in canola like flea beetles, insect vectored pathogens such as aster yellows and pea aphids in pulse crops. Ask him about beneficial insects too…he loves to discuss how predators and parasitoids devour pest insects.
Dr. Tyler Wist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada