Associate Professor Nigel Beebe

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
n.beebe@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52466

Overview

Dr Nigel Beebe is Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. His research into the molecular biology, evolution and genetics of mosquitoes in the Southwest Pacific region delivers fundamental knowledge into the role mosquitoes play in mosquito-borne disease. He integrates entomological procedures with molecular evolution and genetics tools to answer fundamental questions including what species transmit disease pathogens, where they exist, why they are there, as well as how mosquito populations connect and move. Specific research areas include Southwest Pacific malaria vectors, endemic and exotic arbovirus vectors as well as novel mosquito control strategies.

For more detail on my research please see http://www.nigelbeebe.com

Research Interests

  • Mosquito Evolution and Distribution
    My laboratory seeks to improve our understanding of mosquitoes and their role in mosquito-borne disease. Utilising strong collaborative links into the field, we integrate traditional entomological procedures with molecular genetics and informatics-based technologies to deliver new insights into vector biology and ecology. We try to answer fundamental questions including how are species identified, which mosquito species transmit disease pathogens, where they exist and why they are there, as well as how populations connect and move. This research includes molecular genetic studies that identify morphologically cryptic mosquito species groups and distinguishing vector species from the many non-vector species. Our studies on the molecular evolution, distribution and population genetics of mosquitoes reveal insights into mosquito biology, ecology and movement, while computer-based spatial analysis methods applied to this data are enabling a better understanding of the environmental factors that influence mosquito distribution and movement, and pathogen transmission. Driven by collaboration between UQ-School of Biological Sciences and CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, my lab also seeks to understand vector-borne disease in light of global change and to determine how disease risks to humans and animals may be reduced. Our work is becoming increasingly significant in terms of regional biosecurity and public health. It's an exciting time to work in vector biology, not only a critical growth area in terms of those projected outcomes of climate change, population movement (of humans and other organisms), and Australia's relationship with other countries in our region - but also as a discipline well placed to embrace innovative approaches to some of our most pressing local and regional questions.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Sciences, Griffith
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Griffith

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • McFadden, Andrew, Mackereth, Graham, Kleinpaste, Ruud, Sanson, Robert, Beebe, Nigel, Gradwell, Bryn, Bullians, Mark and Frampton, Ruth (2013). Pathways of entry and mosquito dispersal. In Brian H. Kay and Richard Charles Russell (Ed.), Mosquito eradication: the story of killing "Campto" (pp. 111-136) Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Beebe, Nigel W., Russell, Tanya L., Burkot, Thomas R., Lobo, Neil F. and Cooper, Robert D. (2013). The systematics and bionomics of malaria vectors in the southwest Pacific. In Sylvia Manguin (Ed.), Anopheles mosquitoes: new insights into malaria vectors (pp. 375-394) Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. doi:10.5772/55999

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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