Associate Professor Gimme Walter

Associate 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.

http://walterlab.wordpress.com/

Qualifications

  • BSc, Rhodes University
  • PhD, Rhodes University

Publications

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Grants

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Available Projects

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Lauren Kaye. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

  • This is an honours level project. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Michelle Rafter. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

    Dactylopius opuntiae is a recorded biological control agent of Opuntia stricta, O. ficus-indica, O. tomentosa, O. streptacantha, O. microdasys, and O. paraguayensis. But differential survival and mating success between host-associated populations across Opuntia species raises the question: Is Dactylopius opuntiae a cryptic complex of host-associated species?

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal 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. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

  • This is an honours level project. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Michelle Rafter. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

    Dactylopius opuntiae is a recorded biological control agent of Opuntia stricta, O. ficus-indica, O. tomentosa, O. streptacantha, O. microdasys, and O. paraguayensis. But differential survival and mating success between host-associated populations across Opuntia species raises the question: Is Dactylopius opuntiae a cryptic complex of host-associated species?

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Renee Rossini and Rod Fencham. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.

  • This is an honours level project in collaboration with Renee Rossini and Rod Fencham. It is suitable for a fourth year undergraduate.