Zach is a M.Sc. candidate in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario supervised by Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald and Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree. His current research is focused on improving management of the carrot weevil. This project aims to assess the established carrot weevil Integrated Pest Management program, improve chemical control of the carrot weevil, and assess the Holland Marsh for carrot weevil natural enemies.
Zach received his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph where he focused on entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). His undergraduate thesis, supervised by Dr. Rebecca Hallett and Dr. Justin Renkema, assessed the potential for a commercially available biological control agent to reduce spotted wing drosophila infestations.
J.M. Renkema, Z. Telfer, T. Gariepy, and R.H. Hallett. 2015. Dalotia coriaria as a predator of Drosophila suzukii: functional responses, reduced fruit infestation and molecular diagnostics. Biological Control, 89: 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.04.024