MATT PEILL, MSc
Matt is joining Perennia as a general Horticulturist on a term position. He will be filling the role of vegetable and small fruit specialist while Rosalie Madden and Jennifer Haverstock are on maternity leave. Matt grew up in the Annapolis Valley and has a family background in farming and agricultural science.
Matt has a BSc. in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University, and is currently completing his MSc. in Biology from Acadia University. His thesis project is on the transmission of strawberry decline disease viruses by the strawberry aphid. He has been involved in the provincial strawberry aphid and virus monitoring program with both Perennia and AAFC since 2013, and has had experience monitoring spotted wing drosophila as well. Matt’s experiences as a student with both Perennia and AAFC have given him the opportunity to become familiar with the agricultural industry in the Annapolis Valley.
Matt will use his experience to ensure a consistent continuation of service to industry while Rosalie and Jennifer are absent. He has the full support of the Perennia horticultural team and senior extension specialists in tackling this significant role.