Improving tropical agriculture through predator and pollinator conservation

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Improving tropical agriculture through predator and pollinator conservation

Title of Project

Improving tropical agriculture through predator and pollinator conservation

Advisor/s

Dr Tobin Northfield

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

As human populations grow and expand into natural areas, a question of critical importance is how we will be able to feed a growing global population while minimizing negative environmental impacts. One strategy is to maximize the services provided by naturally occurring beneficial species. To this end, we are identifying methods to improve natural pollination and pest control, and in turn food production through biological conservation. This approach to minimizing negative environmental impacts from agriculture is particularly imperative on the tropical farms where we work, due to their proximity to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.

Key Words

pollination; predation; ecology; agroecology; tropical ecology

Would suit an applicant who

Would suit an applicant who has the following experience and expertise: Experience in ecology and species interactions. Advanced quantitative skills can be used to develop ecological theory.

Updated: 8 months ago