Moving to Washington State University
STobin has just moved to Washington State University where he joins the Department of Entomology at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, WA. In addition to being known producing tree fruits, Wenatchee is known for its skiing at Mission Ridge, mountain biking, water activities on the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers, and many other outdoor activities.
In Wenatchee Tobin's group will focus on researching new ecologically sustainable methods of controlling pests in tree fruits. If you are interested in joining the lab group in Wenatchee, contact Tobin. Stay tuned as we update the lab with more information about the work we're conducting in Washington State.
Congratulations Dr. Sambhu!!
Amy and local farmers talk fungi
Amy, Tobin, and local farmers Frank and Dianne Sciacca recently discussed their collaboration and matched funding through an Innovation Connections grant from AusIndustry with members of the print, radio and television media. The media release can be found here.
Samantha talks cacao with Science Friday
Samantha Forbes joined Prof. Stacey Philpott and Science Friday to discuss the importance of insects for pollination and pest control in tropical agriculture. The interview is available from Science Friday here. Great job Samantha!
Sick bees eat healthier
Jade's research has been highlighted by a number of media sources, including television channels 7, Ten, and WIN, including interviews with Dr. Lori Lach, her primary supervisor. Her research found that honeybees fed higher quality pollen can survive infection better, and that sick bees are more likely to forage for higher quality pollen. The paper can be found at Microbial Ecology, and the JCU media release is available here. Congratulations Jade!
Local students share their butterfly experiences
Olivia gets two new grants for jellyfish research
Scared scorpions alter their venom production
Alex Gangur's research was just published documenting for the first time that venomous animals can change their venom production in response to predator exposure, in this case in less than 2 months! For a nice article about the research in Chemistry World click here. Great work Alex!
Alex's research was also highlighted in the podcast "Probably Science" (episodes 266 and 269), a podcast with comedians discussing recent science available here.
Inclusive practice award
Tobin recently received a JCU inclusive practice award for teaching. The Inclusive Practice Awards recognise the efforts made by staff to be flexible, consultative, proactive, and/or innovative in minimising the challenges for students studying with a temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. Recipients are from nominations submitted by students registered with AccessAbility Services. For more information click here.
Science at the pub
Come have a beer with Tobin and hear about biodiversity conservation and food production at JCU's new Science at the Pub Event. Other speakers include Stewart Lockie talking about science in a post truth world, Nnaemeka Emodi talking about global energy challenges, and Teresa Carrette talking about her work with David Attenborough, and CSI.
Tuesday 23 May 6-8pm at the Jack. More information is available here
Is biodiversity research neglecting the tropics?
David Clarke's literature review from his Honours thesis was just published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. It highlights the need for more tropical research evaluating the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem function. The paper is still in press, but is available here. Excellent work David!
New grant to evaluate patterns of butterfly abundance in the wet tropics
Increasing cacao yields through better pollinator and predator conservation
Samantha Forbes' MSc research was recently published in Ecological Applications, and she and Tobin have conducted several interviews recently with local television, radio, and newspaper media outlets. The publication is currently in press and is available here. Examples of the media coverage, including grower interviews are available here and here. Great job Samantha!
Sambhu's research featured in Australian Canegrower magazine
Can rotting fruit and biting midges protect us from a world cocoa shortage? In this talk Tobin Northfield discusses efforts to improve cocoa production through better natural pollination and pest control and therefore rescue us from a potential world without Chocolate.
Cacao team chats with ABC radio
Tobin, Samantha and Desiree were recently interviewed by ABC far north on our work in cacao
Hemchandranauth shares his butterfly research with young students
Hemchandranauth Sambhu recently visited Wonga Beach State School, north of Cairns to discuss his butterfly research with students in years 1-4. More information is available at the school's website here.
PechaKucha night in Cairns
Come see Tobin talk about the potential effects of climate change on food availability and the Australian diet at the Cairns Tanks Arts Centre. Information is available here.
Tobin on Discovery Channel
Tobin recently discussed the role of arms races on venom production in venomous animals on the Discovery Channels show "Australia Doesn't Just Want to Kill You." The show's information, including air times in Australia is available here.
Hemchandranauth talks butterflies
Hemchandranauth recently discussed his butterfly research in Guyana and Australia with the Australia media. You can read the article here, or his interview with ABC radio here.
Samantha teamed with artist/scientist Johan Larson to create an artistic video telling the story of sustainable cocoa production, inspired by our research. The video has screened in galleries in Cairns, Townsville, and Mackay (23 May) and can be viewed here.
Congratulations Samantha and David on receiving medals from JCU for their respective MSc and BSc degrees!
Feeding the next generation
A recent study by Tobin and collaborators discusses the impacts of climate change on the Australian diet. Find the article here, or media coverage here.
Congratulations to Samantha, Jade, and David for graduating with their respective MSc, Honours, and BSc degrees!
Jade defends her honour
Congratulations Jade on completing her Honours defense with flying colours!
Alex honoured by JCU
Congratulations Alex on earning a medal from JCU for his perfect record throughout his undergraduate and Honours programs!
Climate change and human health
The report by the Australian Academy of Science think tank Tobin contributed to has been released and is available here. Or read coverage from ABC news, The Fifth Estate, or Business Insider Australia.
Sammie steals the show
News coverage of Samantha's research is available from ABC Rural and Brisbane (her live interview starts around 41 minute mark), Cairns Post, the Brisbane Times, and Australasian Science.
Alex defends his honour
Congratulations Alex on successfully defending his Honour's Thesis!
Congratulations Samantha on receiving a Cowan Grant Trust Scholarship!
Coevolution and climate change
Check out coverage of our research on coevolution and climate change highlighted in Science