PhD (Rhodes University)
Position: Associate Professor

Room: 379M Goddard Building 8
Phone: +61 7 3365 2228

Research Interests

My associates and I approach ecological research as an interactive process between theory development and empirical investigation. We focus on the ecological requirements of individuals and  species (autecology) as a basis for understanding the distribution and abundance of organisms, for interpreting local diversity (community structure) and for contributing to management strategies for pest species. The specific problems tackled include the extent and consequences of movement of organisms, clarification of the host relationships of phytophagous insects (including crop pests), the ecology of parasitoid wasps and insect pollination mechanisms in cycads. Overall, these efforts  have led to the first formalisation of the structure of autecology, an approach that is particularly important in applied entomology.

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