Dr. Jeremy McNeil
Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of Insects
Courses in the Department of Biology, UWO
- Bio 3475a - Chemical Ecology
- Bio 4999- Undergraduate thesis
ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SCIENCE
For more than 20 years I have been giving presentations about insects to children at English and French primary and secondary schools in North America, Europe and Australia. On average I speak to at least 1000 students each year.
I was judge of the Annual International Young Europeans' Environmental Research Competition (YEER), sponsored by the Deutsche Bank, where the national winners from European countries participate from 1995 to 1999. I also represented YEER at the Intel Science Fairs in Forth Worth (1998) and Philadelphia (1999), as well as ExpoScience in Puebla Mexico (1999). I was a judge at the final world-wide competition (WYRE) at the EXPO site in Hanover in 2000. I frequently serve as judge at regional and provincial Expo-science fairs, and since arriving at UWO have been involved with the Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge
I also give presentations at public institutions such as the Ontario Science Center and the Musée de la Civilization, to amateur science and gardening clubs, the scouts, in shopping centers, as well as at nature centers. In addition I give talks to exterminators, providing information on the seasonal biology of insects they most frequently encounter and present alternatives to insecticides as means of control.
I appear regularly on radio and television, both locally and nationally, and give an average of ten interviews in English and French annually. In addition I serve as a resource person in the preparation of science programs for TV and radio. For example, I appeared as the scientific expert in the French version of “The Secret Lives of Butterflies” a 1h TV documentary produced by Kublacon Pictures Butterflies INC for various broadcasters, such as Discovery Channel Canada and TV Cinq in 2003-2004. This show is now aired several times a year.
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August 27, 2009
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