Professor Gimme Walter

Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
g.walter@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52228

Overview

My associates and I approach ecological research as an interactive process between theory development and empirical investigation. We focus on the ecological requirements of individuals and species (autecology) as a basis for understanding the distribution and abundance of organisms, and for interpreting local diversity (community structure).

The specific problems tackled include the clarification of the host relationships of phytophagous insects (including crop pests), and the ecology of parasitoid wasps and rainforest insects (mainly drosophilid flies). Overall, these efforts have led to the first formalisation of the structure of autecology, an approach that is particularly important in applied entomology.

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Qualifications

  • BSc, Rhodes University
  • PhD, Rhodes University

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Lauren Kaye. This topic could also be extended to a PhD.

  • This is an honours level project.

    Involves genetics and field work. May be suitable for students with an interest in forensic entomology.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Michelle Rafter.

    Dactylopius opuntiae is a biological control agent of Opuntia stricta, O. ficus-indica, O. tomentosa, O. streptacantha, O. microdasys, and O. paraguayensis. But differential survival and mating success across host-associated populations raises questions as to whether Dactylopius opuntiae comprises a complex of host-associated cryptic species.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Lauren Kaye. This topic could also be extended to a PhD.

  • This is an honours level project.

    Involves genetics and field work. May be suitable for students with an interest in forensic entomology.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Michelle Rafter.

    Dactylopius opuntiae is a biological control agent of Opuntia stricta, O. ficus-indica, O. tomentosa, O. streptacantha, O. microdasys, and O. paraguayensis. But differential survival and mating success across host-associated populations raises questions as to whether Dactylopius opuntiae comprises a complex of host-associated cryptic species.

  • This is an honours level project.

    Project would involve using population genetics to determine the paths of dispersal/connectivity in springs in one or a few species of snails found only in the Edgbaston springs complex (which is associated with the Great Artesian Basin).

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Renee Rossini and Rod Fencham.

  • This is an honours level project. It could also be extended to a PhD.

    This project is ecological, chemical and behavioural and aims ultimately at providing practical recommendations for biological control of orchard pests.

  • This is an honours level project.

    Many weeds are now becoming resistant to glyphosate via multiple mechanisms, honours projects are available on aspects of the recent, repeated, and ongoing contemporary evolution in this system. Projects would employ a variety of molecular techniques in the laboratory and could potentially lead to an industry funded PhD.

  • This is an honours level project.

    Urban development fragments plant populations, which may have important consequences for their pollination needs. What subset of flowering plants do native bees visit, how far do they fly, and what spatial coverage does a hive achieve? With CSIRO.

  • This is an honours level project.

    This thrips could be manipulated for biological control, but how should this be done, and will it be effective across all microenvironments? Colloquially, can this insect hack the extreme climatic conditions experienced on the western Darling Downs where mother-of-millions is most problematic? This project will involve research in the the laboratory and field.

  • This is an honours level project.

    These insects live on the plant surface and are exposed directly to rain. Can they anticipate rain? What do they do? This will provide a good comparison with what we know about a thrips species that lives within flowers.

  • This is an honours level project. It could be expanded to a PhD.

    This is a good project for a midyear start. It will involve trapping and analyzing the volatile chemicals that are emitted by coning cycads and testing the response of thrips to these compounds.

  • This is a PhD level project.

    Understanding generalist species presents special problems, and resolving their host relationships requires a good understanding of their associations in the field, their sexual communication system and patterns of gene flow.

  • This is a PhD level project.

    For ecologists who want to know how organisms interact with their environment and how these interactions impact on their abundance.

  • This is a PhD level project.

    Forms part of a broader project designed to understand the obligate pollination mutualisms of cycads and how these plants interact with their environment

  • This is a PhD level project, but could also be taken as an honours project.

    Aims at understanding behaviour so as to assess the feasibility of using the parasitic wasps involved in the biological control of grain pests. Top-ups for students with an APA scholarship are possible. Co-supervised with Greg Daglish & Andrew Ridley (Qld DAFF).