May 1, 2020
Dr. Kyle Bobiwash is Assistant Professor and Indigenous Scholar in the Department of Entomology, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. He has worked in a number of agricultural systems including vineyards, wild lowbush blueberry farms, and cultivated highbush blueberry fields. Dr. Bobiwash has also previously worked with Health Canada as a policy analyst in the Office of Community Medicine and in his home community of Mississauga First Nation in Health promotions designing a medicinal plant guide and recreational sports programs.
Dr. Bobiwash holds a PhD in pollination ecology from Simon Fraser University, an MS in pollination biology from McGill University, and a BS (Hons) in biomedical science from the University of Ottawa. His current research focuses on understanding the ecology of beneficial insects in agro-ecosystems and the greater landscape, to better characterize the landscape and resources utilized by insects to understand how land management might affect insect community composition and ecosystem service delivery. His previous research has ranged from analyses to evaluating the pollination efficiency of new species of managed pollinators and investigating the attractiveness and relative importance of crop and non-crop floral resources to pollinators. Outside of science, Dr. Bobiwash was a member of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council charged with developing Simon Fraser University’s Indigenous Reconciliation strategy “Walk This Path with Us.” He has held awards such as the NSERC PGS scholarship, the Irving K. Barber award, McGill Principal’s Graduate Fellowship, and the Lorne Trottier Science Accelerator Fellowship.