A/Professor Gimme Walter
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.