David Pinniger, Consultant Entomologist, DBP Entomology Ltd
Pest Population Dynamics and Estimating Collection Risk
Tom Strang, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
About Tom Strang: Tom’s work at the CCI since 1988 has focused on finding solutions to problems presented by deleterious organisms for those who care for cultural property. He has established efficacy of thermal control methods against insect pests, formulated integrated pest management designs across all types of collections facilities, investigated the risk of adverse effects of pest control treatments on material cultural objects, and conducted integrated pest management (IPM) reviews for leading museums, galleries and archives in North America and consulted abroad.
Tom’s recent laboratory research focus with Japanese partners has been on relative harms of reactive fumigants to fumigant replacement technologies to the more modern responses using lowered and elevated temperature and controlled atmosphere fumigation. This combines with his work on collection loss risk reduction through IPM which stresses preventive measures through facility and procedural design.
Prior to joining the CCI, Tom’s employment as Acting Chief of Conservation at the Provincial Museum of Alberta, work on historic site development for Alberta’s Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, assistance with Ontario’s Mobile Conservation Laboratory program and on-site conservation during a season of Parks Canada’s underwater excavation of a 16th-century Basque whaling galleon off the coast of Red Bay, Labrador gave him broad experience in the contributions conservation brings to collaborative endeavors.
Tom has authored 80 publications, and taught numerous national and international courses in IPM. He holds a BSc from Carleton University, a Masters in Art Conservation from Queen’s University, and a PhD from the University of Gothenburg and is a Senior Conservation Scientist at the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa.