Julia J. Mlynarek, Ph.D

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Research Scientist - Field Entomologist

I monitor insect and other arthropod diversity in field and horticultural crops and orchards. I also develop IPM strategies for pest arthropods and I also develop molecular tools for detection and identification for economically important insects.

Current research and/or projects

I am en entomologist with a strong background in insect systematics. The aim of my research is to improve agricultural productivity and promote ecosystem health through developing sound IPM strategies.

Research and/or project statements

1- Biomonitoring of Coleoptera (beetles) in Southerwestern Ontario.

2- Biomonitoring and development of molecular identification tools for Delia (root maggot fly) in horticultural and field crops.

3- Surveying and testing potential biocontrol agents for tomato pests.

4- Surveying insect populations and communities in hazelnut orchards.

5- testing degree day models insects in carrots

Education and awards

Post-doctoral research Fellow, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

Ph.D. Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

M.Sc. Entomology. McGill University, Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

B.Sc. (Agr. Env.), Major in Wildlife Biology, McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC

Key publications

  1. Mlynarek, J., LaFlair, A., Zhang, K., Vilcu, P., Sim, K., Rizzato, R., Gagnier, D. and Labbe, R. 2020. Predatory capacity and life histories of two native North American nabids, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association meeting, Niagara falls, ON.

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  2. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Trudel, S., Giffen, D., Turkington, T.K., Svendsen, E., Parent, JP., Mylnarek, J., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2019. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin May 30, 2019 edition. 2019 (8): 1-25. https://bit.ly/2pkYUFY

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  3. Labbe, R. and Mlynarek. J. 2019. Evaluating biological control strategies for the tomato leafmining moth (Tuta absoluta), a potential invasive greenhouse pest. Report to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Jan 30, 2019

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  4. Mlynarek, JJ, Sim, K, Hiltz, K, McDonald, MR and Blatt, S. 2018. Who likes onions? Distribution and feeding preference in Eastern Canadian onion. Joint Annual Meeting of the ESC/ESBC and ESA, Vancouver, November.

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  5. Mlynarek, J.J., Knee, W., Forbes, M.R. (2015). Host phenology, geographic range size and regional occurrence explain interspecific variation in damselfly-water mite associations, 38(7), 670-680. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.00997

    2015 - View publication details

Research facility

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0


Honorary Research Associate at University of New Brunswick



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