Entomology Seminar: Philip Barton, The Australian National University

Date: July 27, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. (refreshments served at 2:45 p.m.)
Location: 244 Natural Science Building

“Insects in grassy eucalypt woodlands”

Philip Barton, ARC DECRA Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University (Eric Benbow)

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Philip Barton is a community ecologist with interests in the drivers of insect biodiversity in modified landscapes. Philip completed his PhD in 2010 where he examined beetle assemblages in a large restoration experiment. This work revealed ways that fine-scale habitat structure drives insect community diversity and heterogeneity. In 2015 Philip received an Australian Research Council Fellowship to conduct independent research on insects and carrion in modified landscapes. Philip also advises four PhD students looking at biodiversity responses to ecological disturbance and restoration processes.

Seminar outline

“Insects in grassy eucalypt woodlands”

In this seminar, Philip will outline his previous research on beetle diversity in the grassy eucalypt woodlands in southeastern Australia. This research was conducted in the context of a large-scale ecosystem restoration experiment. Philip will then provide an overview of his current research on insects and carrion, and his plans for further experiments examining the functional role of insect diversity in the decomposition process.