Alex M. Chubaty

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, Biological Sciences (2013) Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

  • Thesis: “Individual host selection decisions and population-level responses in a time- and energy-limited forager, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins” (https://theses.lib.sfu.ca/thesis/etd8060)
  • Supervisors: Dr. Bernie Roitberg (SFU) & Dr. Chao Li (CFS)
  • Research: developed models of mountain pine beetle individual behaviour and population dynamics; designed and executed experiments testing model predictions; collected field data to assist with model parameterization

BSc, Biological Sciences (2005) University of Calgary, Calgary, AB


Work Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Canadian Forest Service — Pacific Forestry Centre (Sept 2015 - present)

    • Integrate conceptual models of mountain pine beetle (MPB) dispersal and available data into a simulation models to predict the easterly and northerly spread of MPB in Canada.
    • Develop spatial simulation software: SpaDES http://spades.predictiveecology.org/
  • Université Laval — Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt AND Canadian Forest Service — Pacific Forestry Centre (Jan 2014 - Sept 2015)

    • Development of individual based models of mountain pine beetle dispersal on the landscape.
    • Development of spatial simulation software, SpaDES http://spades.predictiveecology.org/

Research Assistant

  • Simon Fraser University — Surrey Campus (Oct 2012 - May 2013)

    • Developer and editor of an online journal publishing research essays by undergraduate students.
    • Grant awarded by SFU Teaching and Learning Development Centre to Dr. Ivona Mladenovic.

Modeller

  • Canadian Forest Service — Northern Forestry Centre (Jan 2007 - Mar 2007)

    • Continued development of a model evaluating mountain pine beetle host-acceptance and aggregation

Lab Assistant

University of Calgary

  • Sikes Lab (Nov 2004 - Aug 2005)

    • Insect collection maintenance; miscellaneous lab work
  • Longair Lab (Sept 2004 - Aug 2005)

    • Sorting, identifying, pinning insect specimens

Teaching Experience

Sessional Instructor

Simon Fraser University

  • BISC 300 Evolution (Fall 2013)

    • Taught lectures; marked assignments and exams
    • Topics covered include: adaption, speciation, origin of life, evolutionary trends over geological time, origin and evolution of modern humans
  • BISC 407 Population Dynamics (Spring 2011)

    • Taught lecture and tutorial sessions; marked assignments and exams
    • Evaluated students’ presentations of scientific papers and led discussions on population modelling topics
    • Topics covered include: lifetables, survivorship, population growth models, differential solvers, intraspecific competition, demographics, population matrices, interspecific competition, community structure, predation, parasitoid/host dynamics, metapopulation dynamics, infectious diseases

Guest Lecturer

Simon Fraser University

  • BISC 888-1 Directed Readings: Data Wrangling and Visualization in R (Fall 2013)

    • Graduate course
    • Topics covered: introduction to R and markdown; graphics in R (base plot and ggplot); data manipulation in R (plyr and reshape)
  • BISC 100 Introduction to Biology (Oct 2010, Nov 2010)

    • Introduced students to cell metabolism and phenotype expression
  • BISC 204 Introduction to Ecology (Sept 2006, Nov 2006, Mar 2010, Nov 2011)

    • Topics covered include: organism distribution and abundance and the theoretical and practical aspects of habitat selection in animals
    • Presented development of my models of individual behaviour and population dynamics in mountain pine beetle, and implications for landscape-level development
  • BISC 410 Behavioural Ecology (Feb 2008)

    • Discussed theoretical and practical aspects of habitat selection in animals

Workshop Instructor

  • Workshops in R:

    • Introduction to R (BISC 838 Population Ecology, SFU) (Sept 2010, Sept 2012)
    • Introduction to R (Climate Change and Community Structure – NSERC Strategic Grant, SFU) (Nov 2009)
    • Introduction to R (Roitberg Lab Group, SFU) (Sept 2006)

Teaching Assistant

Simon Fraser University

  • BISC 100 Introduction to Biology - Distance Education (Fall 2011, Summer 2012)

    • Taught general biological principles including cell functions, genetics, evolution, behaviour, population and community dynamics
    • Ran online tutorial discussions and exam review sessions; assisted with management and instruction of labs; marked assignments and exams
  • BISC 100 Introduction to Biology (Fall 2010, Spring 2012)

    • Taught general biological principles including cell functions, genetics, evolution, behaviour, population and community dynamics
    • Designed and taught lessons for tutorial sessions; assisted with management and instruction of labs; marked assignments and exams
  • BISC 102 Introductory Biology II (Spring 2006, Spring 2009)

    • Taught general biological principles including genetics, diversity and evolution, behaviour, population and community dynamics
    • Designed and taught lessons for tutorial sessions; assisted with management and instruction of labs; marked assignments and exams
  • BISC 471W Special Topics: Biology Before the Beagle (Fall 2008)

    • Examination of the history of biological thought, emphasizing the life and times of Charles Darwin
    • Exploration of popular and technical scientific writing styles; writing for all audiences; writing historical science essays
    • Designed and taught lessons for tutorial sessions; marked essay assignments
  • BISC 410 Behavioural Ecology (Spring 2008)

    • Topics covered: foraging, predation, aggression, habitat selection, reproduction, parental care, social behaviour, conservation
    • Evaluated students’ presentations of scientific papers and led discussions on behavioural and ecological topics; marked assignments and exams
  • BISC 204 Introduction to Ecology (Fall 2006)

    • Topics covered: evolution, life history, behavioural ecology, population and community ecology
    • Evaluated students’ presentations of scientific papers and led discussions on ecological topics; marked assignments and exams

University of Calgary

  • BIOL 311 Introductory Genetics (Fall 2004)

    • Topics covered include: Mendelian inheritance, linkage, recombination, gene expression
    • Assisted with management and instruction of labs; marked assignments and exams

Co-op Report Grader

  • Simon Fraser University Co-op Program (Summer 2011, Fall 2011)

    • Read, evaluated, and provided feedback on work-term reports submitted by co-op students

Software Experience

Software package development

Author

Contributor

Other software experience

  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Debian/Ubuntu Linux
  • Office productivity software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Open Office, LaTeX
  • Online Course Management Software: Blackboard, WebCT
  • Statistical Software: R
  • Coding languages: C, Mathematica, R
  • Distributed High Performance Computing: WestGrid, HTCondor
  • Version control systems: Git, GitHub
  • Web development: CSS, HTML, XHTML, Drupal, Wordpress, Open Journal Systems, shiny

Recent Publications

  • Chubaty, A.M., M. Hart, B.D. Roitberg (2014) To tree or not to tree: The role of energy limitation on host tree acceptance in a bark beetle. Evolutionary Ecology Research 16(4):337-349.
  • Chubaty, A.M.*, B.O. Ma*, R.W. Stein, D.R. Gillespie, L.M. Henry, C. Phelan, E. Palsson, F.W. Simon, B.D. Roitberg (2014) On the evolution of omnivory in a community context. Ecology and Evolution 4:251-265.
  • Major, H.L. and A.M. Chubaty (2012) Estimating colony and breeding population size for nocturnal burrow-nesting seabirds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 454:83-90.
  • Jumean, Z., B.O. Ma, A.M. Chubaty, C.W. Ellenor, B.D. Roitberg, and G. Gries (2011) A theoretical approach to study the evolution of aggregation behavior by codling moth larvae. The Journal of Insect Behaviour 24(4):249-263.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.D. Roitberg, C. Li (2009) A dynamic host selection model for mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins. Ecological Modelling 220:1241-1250.

Recent Presentations

  • Chubaty, A.M., E.J.B. McIntire, B.J. Cooke, S.G. Cumming, Y. Luo. Boreal insect disturbancne in SpaDES: integrated simulation model of mountain pine beetle eastward spread (poster). Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, 7-10 May 2017.
  • Chubaty, A.M., E.J.B. McIntire, B.J. Cooke. Simulating MPB invasive spread control using SpaDES. fRI Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Research Forum, 25-26 Apr 2017.
  • Chubaty, A.M., E.J.B. McIntire, B.J. Cooke. Simulating MPB invasive spread control in Saskatchewan using SpaDES. SERG International Workshop, 6-9 Feb 2017.
  • McIntire, E.J.B. and A.M. Chubaty. The `SpaDES platform: Modern scientific forecasts, backcasts, and decisions. Northern Forestry Centre, NRCAN, 22 July 2015.
  • Riel, W., A.M. Chubaty. Evolution of Decision Support for Forest Ecosystem Management: Towards Open Modelling and Data. Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia (Symposium), 17 Oct 2015.
  • Chubaty, A.M. and E.J.B. McIntire. SpaDES: Spatial Discrete Event Simulation. Northern Forestry Centre, NRCAN. 25 Nov 2014.
  • Hodson, C., S. Dhanani, A. Hoi, A.M. Chubaty, F. Simon. Drosophila suzukii in a D. suzukii world: Humidity decreases density dependent competition. Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 1-2 Nov 2013
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.O. Ma, R.W. Stein, D.R. Gillespie, L.M. Henry, C. Phelan, E. Palsson, F.W. Simon, B.D. Roitberg. On the evolution of omnivory in a community context. 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 4-9 Aug 2013.
  • Mladenovic, I., A.M. Chubaty, and A. Tirajoh. Enhancing Students’ Understanding of Biological Concepts by Engaging Them in Research (poster). Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Embracing Change @ SFU, 15 May 2013.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.O. Ma, R.W. Stein, D.R. Gillespie, L.M. Henry, C. Phelan, E. Palsson, F.W. Simon, B.D. Roitberg. On the evolution of omnivory in a community context. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, 12-15 May 2013.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.O. Ma, R.W. Stein, D.R. Gillespie, L.M. Henry, C. Phelan, E. Palsson, F.W. Simon, B.D. Roitberg. Evolution of omnivory in a community context. RPM Research Group, SFU, 11 Apr 2013.
  • Chubaty, A.M.. To tree or not to tree: Energy and time limited habitat settlement decisions in bark beetles. Les Écologistes Seminar Series, SFU, Nov 2012.
  • Chubaty, A.M. and B.D. Roitberg. Can selfish genes help prevent pest outbreaks? 1st Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, 6-10 July 2012.
  • Roitberg, B.D. and A.M. Chubaty. State dependent problems for arthropods. Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences / Centre for Scientific Computing Seminar Series, SFU, 19 Nov 2010.
  • Chubaty, A.M.. Energy reserves modulate host acceptance decisions in mountain pine beetles. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Canada and British Columbia, 31 Oct – 3 Nov 2010.
  • Chubaty, A.M. and M. Hart. Mountain pine beetle condition and timing of emergence: who emerges when. Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 2-3 Oct 2009. (Best PhD Student Talk)
  • Chubaty, A.M. and M. Hart. Mountain pine beetle condition and timing of emergence: who emerges when. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, 11-14 May 2008.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.D. Roitberg, C. Li. An individual model of host selection for mountain pine beetle. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, 17-20 May 2007.
  • Chubaty, A.M., et al.. “I’ll have the steak special, with a side salad”: exploring the evolution of omnivory. Les Écologistes Seminar Series, SFU, 15 Mar 2007.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.D. Roitberg, C. Li. Beetles pine for lodgepole homes: mountain pine beetle’s search for a host. Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 13-14 Oct 2006.
  • Chubaty, A.M., B.D. Roitberg, C. Li, B.O. Ma. Using game theory to evaluate host acceptance decisions in mountain pine beetle. 27th Annual Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference, 3-5 Mar 2006.

Awards, Scholarships & Grants

  • Simon Fraser University Dean Graduate Studies Committee Travel Award ($500) Summer 2013
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, Entomological Society of BC ($400) Oct 2012
  • Simon Fraser University Dean Graduate Studies Committee Travel Award ($500) Summer 2012
  • Simon Fraser University President’s Research Stipend ($6250) Spring 2011
  • Best PhD Student Presentation, Entomological Society of BC AGM ($300) Oct 2009
  • Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship ($6250) Fall 2007, 2009
  • Simon Fraser University Dean Graduate Studies Committee Travel Award ($500) Summer 2007
  • Jason Lang Scholarship ($1000) Jan 2005
  • University of Calgary Undergraduate Academic Scholarship ($500) Jan 2003
  • H&R Block Scholarship (USD $550) Fall 2002, Winter 2003
  • Jason Lang Scholarship ($1000) Dec 2002
  • University of Calgary Undergraduate Merit Award ($700) Nov 2002
  • John and Elsie Wawruch Memorial Scholarship ($500) Jan 2002
  • H&R Block Scholarship (USD $350) Fall 2001, Winter 2002
  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship ($2500) Oct 2001
  • University of Calgary Scholar’s Advantage Award ($500) Sept 2001

Membership

  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (2006-present)
  • Ecological Society of America (2013-2014)
  • Entomological Society of British Columbia (2005-2015)
  • Entomological Society of Canada (2010-2014; 2016-present)
  • Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (2007-2010)

Service Activity

  • Reviewer, PeerJ (2017)
  • External Reviewer, NSERC discovery grants (2016)
  • Website Editor, Entomological Society of British Columbia (2011-2015)

    • Oversaw digitization of the society’s entire journal archive dating back to 1906, and directed efforts to move the journal archive online and made freely available as an open-access publication
  • A/V Volunteer, 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (4-9 Aug 2013)
  • Organizer, Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Canada and British Columbia (2010)
  • Volunteer, Let’s Talk Science (2008-2013)
  • Organizer, SFU New Biology Grad Student Mentorship Program (2007-2010)
  • Webmaster, SFU Biology Grad Student Caucus (2007–2012)
  • Editor, Newsletter of the Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (2007-2010)
  • Webmaster, Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (2007-2010)
  • Judge, Calgary Youth Science Fair (2003, 2004)
  • Student Leader, “U of C 101” University of Calgary (2003, 2004)