Research Scientist, Biological Control of Insect Pests
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz Research and Development Centre 6947 Hwy #7 Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0
2016: Ph.D., Sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
2012: MSc., Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
2009: BSc.(H.) Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
My research program is focused on the biology, behaviour, and ecology of beneficial insects (particularly insect parasitoids) that help manage insect crop pests. The main goals of my research are to develop, test, and implement theory and methods for: (i) measuring the biological control impact of parasitoids on invasive crop pests; and (ii) forecasting the potential for non-target ecological effects of introduced parasitoids on native Canadian fauna. I also have a broad range of other research interests that focus on bridging the gap between fundamental ecological research and applied biological pest control.
P.K. Abram, R.M. Labbe, and P.G. Mason (2021). Ranking the host range of biological control agents with quantitative metrics of taxonomic specificity. Biological Control 152: 104427. doi: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2020.104427
P.K. Abram, A.E. McPherson, R. Kula, T. Hueppelsheuser, J. Thiessen, S.J. Perlman, C.I. Curtis, J.L. Fraser, J. Tam, J. Carillo, M. Gates, S. Scheffer, M. Lewis, and M. Buffington (2020). New records of Leptopilina, Ganaspis, and Asobara species associated with Drosophila suzukii in North America, including detections of L. japonica and G. brasiliensis. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 78:1-17. doi: 10.3897/jhr.78.55026
P.K. Abram, N. Mills, and E. Beers (2020). Classical biological control of invasive stink bugs with egg parasitoids: what does success look like? Pest Management Science 76: 1980-1992. doi: 10.1002/ps.5813
P.K. Abram, J. Brodeur, A. Urbaneja, and A. Tena (2019). Non-reproductive effects of insect parasitoids on their hosts. Annual Review of Entomology 64:259-276. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-011118-111753
P.K. Abram and C.E. Moffat (2018). Rethinking biological control programs as planned invasions. Current Opinion in Insect Science 27:9-15. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.01.011
P.K. Abram, K.A. Hoelmer, A. L. et al. [+47 Authors] (2017). Indigenous arthropod natural enemies of the brown marmorated stink bug in North America and Europe. Journal of Pest Science 90:1009-1020. doi: 10.1007/s10340-017-0891-7
P.K. Abram, G. Boivin, J. Moiroux, and J. Brodeur (2017). Behavioural effects of temperature on ectothermic animals: unifying thermal physiology and behavioural plasticity. Biological Reviews 92: 1859-1876.
- 2019 – Award for outstanding early-career researcher, International Organisation for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section
- 2017 – Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, Governor General of Canada