Insects and other small invertebrates make up the bulk of animal biodiversity and are critical to life. They pollinate crops, break down detritus, provide food for birds, fish and other animals, and improve soil structure. On the other hand, they also transmit diseases and damage plants. Masters projects in this area consider both beneficial and harmful insects in Australian ecosystems, and how to keep out unwanted invertebrates (biosecurity).
Pest and environmental adaptation
Insect spatial ecology
Freshwater biological monitoring
Physiological ecology, climate change responses, metabolic ecology, insect conservation, grasshopper biology
Neurogenetics, behaviour and systems biology in insects
Applied insect genetics
Population genomics, evolutionary biology, and applied science