Nigel talks to Kelly Fuller on ABC Local Radio in the regular Creepy but Curious Tuesday morning slot. Today its about bedbugs
“Arthropod survey on soybean crops in Cambodia: a comparison of the sweep netting and beat sheeting collection methods for estimating arthropod diversity and species richness” by Chanthy, Pol; Martin, Bob; Gunning, Robin; Andrew, Nigel, is accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Entomology.
Dr. Sara V. Pinzon-Navarro, Post-doctoral Zimmerman Fellow from Australian National Insect Collection
recently visited the lab to look at weevils from Nigel’s Acacia insect sampling collections, She also gave a talk on her research
“Integrating taxonomy and molecular analysis to understand diversity patterns”.
Nigel has two chapters published in newly released book
The Balance of Nature and Human Impact
Edited by: Klaus Rohde
21. Population dynamics of insects: impacts of a changing climate Nigel Andrew
27. How to conserve biodiversity in a nonequilibrium world Klaus Rohde, Hugh Ford, Nigel R. Andrew and Harold Heatwole
Associate Professor Andrew, based in Zoology at The University of New England, has led a group of researchers around the world to assess climate change literature on insects in the first Issue of PeerJ*, an international open access journal aiming to change the way scientific research is published.
From 1703 papers published between 1985 and 2012, Associate Professor Andrew’s group examined how climate change affecting insects is being assessed, what factors are being tested and the localities of studies. The team found that while research predicting how insects will respond to a rapidly changing climate is still in its infancy, current research gives a good basis for how the scientific community are attempting to assess insect responses.
In particular, the team identified a crucial need for broader studies of ecological, behavioural, physiological and life history responses across a greater range of geographic locations, particularly in areas of high human population growth and habitat modification.
“It is well understood that species that are rare and have a restricted distribution may be highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change. However, the responses of common species to climate change are still poorly understood. It is anticipated that because they are common they are resilient and have a high adaptive capability to rapid change. However, extreme ecological changes can occur when the populations of common species go through a rapid and severe fluctuation.” Associate Professor Andrew said.
This research directly links to Associate Professor Andrew’s long-term achievements in climate change research, entomology, ecology and zoology with his recent achievements in physiology, behaviour, and genetics research.
Associate Professor Andrew’s research interests span a range of interlinked topics of significance to biological and geographical diversity.
For more information please visit: http://www.une.edu.au/ers/research/insect-ecology-lab/
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*Notes to editors
PeerJ is an Open Access publisher of scholarly articles. They are using a novel funding model to publish peer reviewed research, and this enables the scientific community to be fully involved with process of science. Peer reviews of accepted articles will be made available for the community to see, and to identify the process and changes that have been made as part of a manuscripts evolution. Once published, other researchers will be able to comment on the papers, and add their own thoughts to the scientific process.
Andrew NR, Hill SJ, Binns M, Md. Habibullah Bahar, Emma V. Ridley, Myung-Pyo Jung , Chris Fyfe, Michelle Yates and Mohammad Khusro. (2013) Assessing insect responses to climate change: What are we testing for? Where should we be heading? PeerJ, e11. https://peerj.com/articles/11
Nigel is currently at the Southern Connections congress at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
He presented his research on ant responses to climate change
We welcome Behnaz Ghaedi to start her PhD in the Insect Ecology Lab. Behnaz will be working on impacts of climate change on insect thermal tolerances and nutrition using Acacia psyllids as her target taxa.
Danks, M., Lebel, T., Vernes, K. & Andrew, N.R. (2013) Truffle-like (sequestrate) fungi sporocarps in a eucalypt-dominated landscape: patterns in diversity and community structure Fungal Ecology, 58, 143-157.