January Lab Update

Isobel Roberts is working with psyllid interactions(Acizzia) with their host plants (Acacia). She is currently in the process of beginning germination of the Acacia species she selected for her PhD. Acacia longifolia, A. falcata and A. triptera are the three species of which she obtained seed for and have been endeavouring to germinate. Outside of Read More…

New publication for lab – 4 hours into 2013!

A great way for 2013 to start. “Assessing insect responses to climate change: What are we testing for? Where should we be heading?” (#2012:10:11:1:0:REVIEW), has been accepted for publication. NIGEL R. ANDREW, SARAH J. HILL, MATTHEW BINNS, MD HABIBULLAH. BAHAR, EMMA V. RIDLEY, MYUNG-PYO JUNG, CHRIS FYFE, MICHELLE YATES, AND MOHAMMAD KHUSRO

Insect Ecology lab talks at the UNE Zoology research day

The Insect Ecology Lab was part of the UNE Zoology Research Day to showcase the research being carried out in Zoology@UNE The day’s research theme was called “What you do in Zoo?” Talks from the lab included included Matt Binns Examining the influence of climate on Thysanoptera community composition and morphology Michelle Yates Parasitoid and Read More…

Michelle and Nigel at Ent Soc Australia

Michelle and Nigel are currently in Hobart presenting research at the annual Entomological Society of Australia meeting. Michelle’s talk is titled: Plant-pollinator and plant-aphid-parasitoid-hyperparasitoid interactions within an agro-ecosystem in NSW. Nigel’s talk is titled: Can temperate insects take the heat? The risks of high temperature exposure to meat ants caused by climate change and poster Read More…

Aug/Sept updates

The Insect Ecology Lab hosted Nicholas Aebischer and John Holland from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK from the 31st July to the 10th August 2012. The visit included three seminars at UNE, and lab members: Graham Hall, Michelle Yates and Rachel Waugh showing the colleagues potential sites including farm ecosystems around North West Read More…

Michelle’s second publication accepted

From her Honours project – Well done Michelle! Australian Journal of Zoology Habitat characteristics may override climatic influences on ant assemblage composition: a study using a 300 km climatic gradient Michelle Yates, Heloise Gibb, Nigel Andrew Read the preprint abstract here

Is it ‘publish or perish’, ‘publish every data set or perish’, or ‘publish only the data which is novel/good enough to be internationally recognized, or perish’?

Having now gone through the process of publishing two papers, I have started to become accustomed to the tough world of being an ecologist. I have a constant debate with myself and with those around me over the ‘publish or perish’ mantra. Being in a unique position of having an Australian supervisor and British co-supervisor Read More…