My current research interests focus on the impacts that climate change will have on insect behaviour, ecology and physiology; insect community structure along environmental gradients; and insect-plant interactions.
I am currently President of the Ecological Society of Australia and Zoology Museum Curator, University of New England.
My research focuses on behavioral ecology and biological control. I have published more than 300 papers in international journals with impact factor. I cooperate with more than 80 researchers on various research projects, including FP7 Collective Cognitive Robots and H2020 subCULTron.
I serve as Academic Editor/Executive Editorial Board Member for PeerJ, Acta Tropica, Parasitology Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, BioMed Research International, Journal of Cluster Science, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Current Organic Chemistry, Asia Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (SI: GREEN-NANO-PEST&DRUGS), Entomologia Generalis, and others.
Laura Boykin is a Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. She is interested in using genomic data to answer real-world problems. Specifically she is interested in invasive species, particularly Bemisia tabaci (whiteflies). Other areas of interest are: comparative genomics, phylogenetic analyses (of DNA sequences) and also high performance computing. Combining all of the above to help smallholder famers in Africa is her ultimate goal. She was recently named a TED 2015 and presented her work on cassava whitefly at TED in Vancouver.
Research Entomologist and Curator of Hymenoptera, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Research interests: Phylogenomics, systematics, evolution, biogeography, and comparative genomics of aculeate Hymenoptera (bees, ants, stinging wasps); phylogenetic methodology; social insect biology; evolution of pollinators.
Dr. Hugo Cerda is a South American internationally acknowledged insect ecology scientist: Prometeo Researcher (Ecuador), Jinshan Scholar (China), Marie Curie Fellow (European Union), Invited researcher (Brock University Canada), Invited researcher (Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research IVIC), Profesor Titular (Full Professor) University Simon Rodriguez of Venezuela and the highest scientific position of Venezuelan Ministry of Science (PEI C, PPI 1)
He has won numerous awards such as the International Foundation for Science to young scientist (Sweden); British Council Scholarship award (UK), Ibero-American Cooperation award (Spain).
He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, with 608 citation, two authorized patents, and has hundreds of presentations at conferences making him a unique applied agriculture academic (1% citation threshold criteria)
He has teach and do research in 14 academic institution of three different continents: University Simon Rodriguez, Simon Bolivar University and IVIC (Venezuela), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Universidad de Chile (Chile), Amazon State University and Chimborazo Polytechnic High School (Ecuador), Imperial College of London University (UK), Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Jagellonian University and Academia of Science (Poland), University of Bourgogne (France), University of Padua (Italy), and Agricultural and Forestry University in Fujian, China.
Studies on the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia and its symbiosis with insect hosts since 2011. Using molecular biology, genomics and experimental evolution to understand complex Wolbachia-induced phenotypes, in particular pathogen and parasite protection. PhD in Host-microorganisms Interactions from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal. Master's degree in Biotechnology from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture; interests in agricultural entomology and ecotoxicology
Dr José Derraik was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), but moved to New Zealand in 1995. José has a very broad academic background, with a BSc and MSc in Ecology from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and a PhD in Public Health (University of Otago). His MSc examined invertebrate biodiversity in human-modified habitats. His PhD focused on vector ecology, more precisely on mosquitoes in New Zealand and how the threat of a mosquito-borne disease outbreak has been affected by ongoing anthropogenic environmental change. José then worked as a Senior Advisor for MAF Biosecurity NZ, where he provided expert advice to the NZ government on biosecurity threats to human health.
In 2008, José joined the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) where he has been working on paediatric research, as well as on a number of clinical trials in adolescents and adults at risk of metabolic disease. His research focuses primarily on the long-term effects of early life events (such as preterm or post-term birth) in childhood. However, José has recently been appointed as an honorary research associate at Uppsala University in Sweden, where alongside his Swedish colleagues he has been examining also the long-term effects of early life events in adulthood.
Lastly, José is currently involved in a large multi-institutional project (A Better Start) in New Zealand, with a leading role in a number of studies aiming to predict, prevent, and mitigate childhood obesity in the country.
I received a BS in Biology and Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation, I received a ISU Research Excellence award and the university-wide Zaffrano Prize for Graduate Research. In August 2007, I joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame (ND). My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel computing, and arthropod genomics (VectorBase and Arthropod Genomics Consortium/i5K). Specifically, my group is focusing on non-model genome assembly and analysis with applications to global health and ecology.
Lead Scientist for the US Dept. Agriculture Bee Research Laboratory. Recipient of 2011 Hambleton Award for Bee Research and 2002 ARS Early Career Scientist-BA Award, Editor for Journal of Apicultural Research and BMC Genomics, and member i5k Insect Genome Planning Committee.
Professor of Entomology, teaches courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Population Genetics, researches the ecology and evolution of invasive species and does extension research on ways to control invasive mosquitoes. B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Geneticist at the Smithsonian where she is still a Research Associate, then Assistant Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences, joined Rutgers University in 2007.
Dr. Gillespie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in organismal and molecular evolution. The major focus of his current research is deciphering the mechanisms by which obligate intracellular species of Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) invade, survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.
In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gillespie utilizes phylogenetics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics to guide experimental research on various pathogenic species of Rickettsia and their associated arthropod vectors. His early research resulted in the reclassification of Rickettsia species and the identification of many lineage-specific pathogenicity factors. Through years of intense scrutinization of dozens of diverse rickettsial genomes, Dr. Gillespie and colleagues have described a large, dynamic mobilome for Rickettsia species, resulting in the identification of integrative conjugative elements as the vehicles for seeding Rickettsia genomes with many of the factors underlying obligate intracellular biology and pathogenesis. Via an iterative process of genome sequencing, phylogenomics, bioinformatics, and classical molecular biology and microbiology, Dr. Gillespie continues to lead and assist research projects on the characterization of rickettsial gene and protein function.