Ecuador 2019

What contemporary environmental challenges can we address using entomology?
That’s the story I wish to tell in my upcoming documentary in Ecuador.

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Nov 27, 2018 update:

  • A Canon XA30 has been purchased thanks to the generosity of all donors and sponsors!
  • The project benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison Memorial Research Travel Grant.
  • The U of G School of Environmental Science has donated $500.00, and the Dean’s Office has committed to $700.00 upon completion of the documentary. The University of Guelph will also be providing support beyond just the monetary.
  • Corteva AgriScience – Agricultural Division of DowDuPont has donated $1000.00 to support the project, Distributions Solida has donated $500.00 to support the project.


My name is Charles-Étienne Ferland. I’m a Masters student in entomology at the University of Guelph seeking sponsors for my upcoming documentary on entomology in Ecuador. 

As a volunteer, from April 25 to May 13, 2019, I will accompany a group of 15 students, with instructors Dr. Scott-Dupree and Dr. Marshall from the University of Guelph, on the 20th anniversary of the field entomology course. The course will take place at the Yanayacu Biological Station in Ecuador. I plan to shoot and produce a 30-40 minute documentary on entomological research across borders with a focus on systematics and taxonomy, insect behaviour and ecology, and management of insects pests.

My goal is to highlight the ecological, behavioral and taxonomic research that is being conducted and to tell a story of how people come to study insects to address contemporary issues of our planet such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land-use changes and chemical pollution. I want to talk about the rich history of this field course and demonstrate the success of outdoors hands-on education in inspiring young students to pursue graduate studies and to become active members of the scientific community. I believe that I can show how much we need entomologists in today’s world. In 2018, I had the chance to participate in the same field entomology course in Costa Rica and produce a basic entomology video ( https://youtu.be/txfCLAK4Ktc). This year, with better preparation, equipment and training in videography, I am confident that I can narrate a great story about what insects can teach us about the world in which we live.

I anticipate screening the film at the University of Guelph (U of G) and to distribute it online for outreach and education. I also intend to write and publish about my experience.

Thank you kindly for your support!
Charles

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