The Entomological Society of Qld Awards

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The ESQ Student Award ($500)

The Student Award was established by the Society to encourage entomological research. It is open to any student who completed an Honours Degree, Postgraduate Diploma or 4-year Undergraduate Degree at a Queensland tertiary institution in the previous calendar year. 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.

Student Award 2018

Past student Awards

The ESQ Small Grants Scheme ($2000)

ESQ Council initiated the Small Grants Scheme in 2017 to further encourage entomological research and study, especially in our wonderfully diverse state of Queensland! We see this as an excellent way to reinvest Society resources into our membership community, providing support to undertake a project that advances our understanding of the amazing insect world that surrounds us. Projects can be anything related to entomology, including targeted collecting trips, visits to museums or other institutions, ecological, physiological or behavioural studies, or even work that's more applied and in the agricultural or medical fields.

The maximum budget for the project is $2000, with the successful applicant announced by the end of June 2018. Funds will be available from July 2018 and the project is to be undertaken between July 2018 and June 2019. While this grant scheme is open to all ESQ members, both far and wide, we encourage submission of project proposals with a Queensland entomology focus. We also encourage you to consider projects that may be suitable for submission to the Australian Entomologist journal, or even a note for the ESQ News Bulletin or presentation at one of ESQ's General Meetings!

Small Grant Scheme winner 2018

The 2018 Student Award

This year, there are two winners, as announced at the General Meeting on May 8. They are as follows:

Melissa Starkie - For her Bachelor of Science (Honours) thesis at QUT. "Is ITS1 barcoding an effective tool for use in tephritid fruit fly diagnostics? "

Perry Bennion - For his Bachelor of Science (Honours) thesis at the University of Queensland. "Phylogenetic investigation of Podomyrma ants and their Psydrax hosts, and assessment of their nest associates in eastern Australia: Early investigations into an Australia Ant-Plant interaction and its associates. "

The 2018 ESQ Small Grant

This year's winner is Natalia Medeiros de Souza. Natalia is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she is studying Gonipterus beetles, a genus of weevils native to Australia where over 20 recognised species can be found associated with eucalypts. Some of these species are recognised pests in commercial plantations, both in Australia and overseas. Despite their importance, the diversity, abundance and distribution of species is largely unknown, and a recent study has identified a number of them to comprise a cryptic species complex. Natalia will use the grant to support travel to the ANIC in Canberra where she will access reference material and work with Dr. Rolf Oberprieler, a specialist in their taxonomy. Her studies include examination of eucalypt-Gonipterus – egg parasitoid associations in Queensland, where in-depth field surveys have not previously been conducted. Accurate identification of the weevils includes morphological observations under the microscope, dissection of male genitalia (the only reliable identification method for weevils within the "scutellatus" complex), and comparisons with catalogued specimens and literature descriptions. This will lead to molecular phylogenetics studies and investigation of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles as a potential diagnostic tool. One of the expected outcomes of this project is a detailed list of species of Gonipterus that occur in south-east Queensland that can be associated with egg parasitoids and their host ranges.

The 2016 Student 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.

Past Awards

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