Personal details

Name
Professor Anthony Clarke
Position(s)
Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Sustainable Environments
Discipline *
Ecology, Horticultural Production, Evolutionary Biology
Phone
+61 7 3138 5023
Fax
+61 7 3138 1535
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Ph.d (Entomology) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society; Member of the Australian Entomological Society; Member of the Entomological Society of America

Keywords

Tephritidae, Fruit fly, Horticultural entomology, Insect ecology, Entomology, Integrated pest management

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Short version

Fresh produce is essential for healthy communities, while horticulture is the fastest growing agricultural sector across the globe.  Unfortunately, in nearly all parts of world, fleshy fruits and vegetables are subject to infestation by fruit flies.  These insects lay their eggs into fruit, where the eggs hatch into maggots which feed in the fruit.  If uncontrolled, fruit flies can destroy 20-100% of a  crop.  I am an acknowledged world leader in researching the biology and management of fruit flies, particularly those native to Asia, Australia and Pacific, which belong to the genera Bactrocera and Zeugodacus.  My laboratory’s research is presented at https://research.qut.edu.au/fruitflyqut

Long version

I completed my PhD in entomology from The University of Queensland in 1992, following on from a B.Agr.Sc [Entomology major] at the same institution in 1986.  After graduating, I spent 10 years as a research fellow working on insect ecology at the University of Tasmania, The University of Queensland and Griffith University.  At Griffith University I worked on fruit flies for the first time, under the mentorship of R.A.I. Drew. In 2002 I took up a tenured position as a lecturer in ecology with the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, where I now hold the title of Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management.  Most of my research has focused on the science underpinning sustainable insect pest management, with an emphasis on forestry and horticultural systems.  My exclusive research focus for over a decade has been on tropical fruit flies of the genus Bactrocera, which are the primary horticultural insect pests of Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and increasingly of Africa following the 2003 invasion of Oriental fruit fly.  I have participated in numerous international fruit fly projects which have seen me work with colleagues throughout the world, including hard to get to countries such as Papua New Guinea and Bhutan.  I am the author or co-author of over 140 refereed publications (80+ on tephritids) and have graduated 20 research higher degree students, predominantly PhDs, and am currently supervising a further six. I am an elected fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London, and in 2014 was winner of the Australian Entomological Society’s Mackerras Medal for excellence in entomology.

Longest version

In the beginning….

This information has been contributed by Professor Anthony Clarke.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2016
Details
Elected to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Winner of the Australian Entomological Society 2014 Mackerras Medal for 'Excellence in Entomology'. The Mackerras medal is the Society's highest award, given only once every two years for a scientist under the age of 50.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2014
Details
Appointed as 'Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology', a position created and co-funded by QUT and the Plant Biosecurity CRC to a play a national leadership and coordination role in fruit fly research and management.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2014
Details
Chaired the national writing group for the preparation and writing of the 'National Fruit Fly RD&E Plan', a 20 year plan for the management of fruit flies in Australia. The plan requested by the Federal Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Chaired the "Expert consultation on phytosanitary treatments for the Bactrocera dorsalis complex", a meeting called and organised by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention, itself a supported group of the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organisation. The meeting held in Okinawa, Japan, 1st-5th December 2014.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Awarded the CRCNPB's 2011 Science Excellence Award for the project "Resolving the Bactrocera dorsalis complex".
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2006
Details
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Managing Complex Networks in Endangered Grasslands to Restore Food Webs
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP190100500
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
The Evolution of Generalism: Why so Many Polyphagous Fruit Flies?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180101915
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
IC150100026
Start year
2016
Keywords

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Fruit Fly Parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Opiimie) of South-east Queensland: abundance, interaction, and adaptive mechanisms in a compfex environment
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Matt Krosch
  • Larval host use of Bactrocera tryoni and its effect on emergent populations within the local environment
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Katharina Merkel
  • What's happening inside the fruit? A transcriptomic and metabolomics study of fruit fly- host plant interactions
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Peter Prentis
  • Biogeographic histories and evolutionary relationships among Australian Bactrocera fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Phillips
  • Seasonal variation of age structure and reproductive potential of wild Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni, populations in subtropical Australia
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Katharina Merkel
  • Habitat, Landscape and the Diversity and Abundance of Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Miss Justine Murray, Dr Katharina Merkel

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)