Dr. Evenden is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Her graduate training includes a Master of Pest Management (MPM) Degree and PhD from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Evenden conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Kentucky and her first academic appointment was at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Evenden received an NSERC University Faculty Award that allowed her to join the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. In Alberta, Dr. Evenden and her graduate students research the chemical and behavioural ecology of insects considered to be pests of agriculture, forestry and urban environments in western Canada.
Dr. Evenden’s teaching responsibilities include: Ent 220: Insect Biology, Ent 222: Insects in Managed Ecosystems, Ent 401/501: Advanced Topics in Arthropod Biology, and Biol 434/534: Chemical Ecology. Dr. Evenden also developed and launched the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions that is freely available to learners around the world, and as an online course (Ent 101) to University of Alberta students. Dr. Evenden is active in scholarly service at the departmental, faculty, university and scientific levels. She has served as the President of the Entomological Society of Alberta (2006), the Entomological Society of Canada (2010) and the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America (2018).