UNBC Researcher Wins Award for Beetle Study

A UNBC researcher is being honoured by the Entomological Society of Canada for his efforts and activities in the field of entomology – the scientific study of insects.

Dr. Dezene Huber will be awarded the C. Gordon Hewitt Award at the annual Entomological Society of Canada meeting in Vancouver this fall for his work on the DNA of the mountain pine beetle.

Specifically, Dr. Huber has been focusing on the genes of the beetle which contribute to the beetle’s ability to withstand extreme winter temperatures. “We’re now working on what turns specific genes on and off in the autumn and spring, with the hope of better understanding the climatic variables that impact insect overwintering success,” says Dr. Huber.