PhD (Griffith University)
Position: Professor

Room: 379P Goddard Building 8
Phone: +61 7 3365 1747


Research Interests

The study of insect abundance and distribution.
I am an insect ecologist by "bent" and my students and I work on various applied and basic research areas. We generally take an individuals-process based approach to the study of insect abundance and distribution. We use various "model" systems to ask questions ranging from the effect of host chemistry on oviposition behaviour and early stage caterpillar survival, to the effects of learning on oviposition behaviour at a landscape level and the effects of climate on insect abundance. I prefer to work on Butterfly-plant interactions, particularly Monarchs and milkweeds.

A substantial amount of our applied research has been on the ecology and biology of Helicoverpa spp, the major pest of Australian field crops, and more recently Diamondback moth, a key pest of horticulture.

Selected Publications

Zalucki, M.P. & Lammers, J. H. 2010. Dispersal and egg shortfall in Monarch butterflies: what happens when the matrix is cleaned up? Ecological Entomology 35: 84-91.

Furlong, M.J. & Zalucki, M.P. 2010. Exploiting predators for pest management: the need for sound ecological assessment. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 135, 225-236.

Perkins, L.E., Cribb, B.W., Hanan, J., Zalucki, M.P. 2009. The role of two plant-derived volatiles in the foraging movement of 1st instar Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner): time to stop and smell the flowers. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 3: 173-179.

Perkins, L.E., Cribb, B.W., Hanan, J., Golan, E., Beveridge, C., Zalucki, M.P. 2008. Where to from here? The mechanisms enabling movement of Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) first instar larvae on pea plants. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 2: 197-207

Scriber, J.M., Larsen, M.L., Allen, G.R., Walker, P.W. and M.P. Zalucki. 2008. Interactions between Papilionidae and ancient Australian Angiosperms; evolutionary specialization or ecological monophagy. Entomologia Experimentalis et applicata 128: 230-239.

Funded Projects

IPM in Brassicas in the South Pacific
Grant Body: ACIAR
Grant Period: 2005-2010
Value: $400 000

To move or not to move: are insect movement strategies driven by plant induced defences? (MPZ, B Cribb, J Hanan, P Brewer)
Grant Body: ARC-Discovery
Grant Period: 2010-2012
Value: $720 000

Pest suppressive landscapes (Nancy Schellhorn, Dave Murray, MPZ, Sarina Pearce)
Grant Body: GRDC 1342
Grant Period: 2009-2012
Value: $1 342 000

Putting smells into context: Using in vivo technologies (MPZ, Botella, De Voss, Poulter)
Grant Body: ARC-Discovery
Grant Period: 2009-2011
Value: $600 000


Professional Associations

  • Australian Entomological Society

  • Queensland Entomological Society

  • Australian Ecological Society

  • British Ecological Society

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