Where Are They Now?

Stephen Taerum knew that a career in wildlife biology was going to take him places. But perhaps as an undergraduate, the 2002 Ian Ross Memorial recipient wasn’t thinking about so many places.

Among the growing cadre of talented entomologists in the ACTWS, Stephen went from the University of Alberta to Kansas for an MSc and then Pretoria, South Africa for a PhD with stops at Dartmouth College and Waterloo along the way. His research scope has included leaf-cutter ants in the neotropics, ladybugs and bark beetles. He’s even looked into symbiosis of protists on host termites and cockroaches.

The former president of the ACTWS U of A student chapter and globetrotter can now be found at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station doing a post doc focused on molecular ecology of microscopic wildlife. Without that early support from the Chapter, Stephen’s path would have been far different in his estimation. Let’s see where he goes next!

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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

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In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.