Entomological Society of Queensland $500 Student Award
This is an award by the Society to encourage entomological research. Honours, Diploma and 4th year Degree students who received their qualification from any Queensland tertiary education institution in 2015 or 2016 may submit their entomology based thesis or report for consideration. Entrants need not be Society members. Entries are judged by a panel of entomologists appointed by the President of the Society. The winner will be announced at the May General Meeting and is then invited to present a summary of their research at the June Notes and Exhibits meeting of the Society.
The 2016 award
The recipient of the 2016 ESQ Student Award was Marisa Stone working with Dr Nigel Stork and Dr Carla Catterall at thel Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University. There were four Honours theses submitted for consideration this year. All were interesting and well done, however, Marisa's thesis on "Edge effects on insects within urban fragmented eucalypt forests" was chosen to receive the award. Marisa presented an overview of her thesis at our Notes and Exhibits meeting in June. The other contenders were invited to present a brief paragraph about their research for the News Bulletin.
2015: Tom Semple, University of Queensland
Systematics and ecology of the Australian gall-inducing insect genus Cystococcus (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Eriococcidae), including a description of a new species
2014: Gurion Ang, University of Queensland
Species-specific responses of insect herbivores and their parasitoids to temporal changes in host plant volatile profiles
2013: Andrew Maynard, University of Queensland
Understanding bioluminescence synchronisation displayed by larvae of Arachnocampa tasmaniensis: A behavioural and phylogenetic approach
2012: Nicholas Appleton, University of Queensland
The genomic response to natural and sexual selection during adaptation to a novel environment
2011: Rebecca Morley, University of Queensland
Exploring the effect of light on glow-worm bioluminescence
2010: Penelope Mills, University of Queensland
How many species are there in the Apiomorpha minor species-group? Morphological, DNA sequence and chromosome evidence