Latty lab 2017

Latty lab 2017

Dr Tanya Latty

PhD, insect ecology (University of Calgary).

I have a life-long interest in all things insect related. I have worked on a variety of insects including dragonflies, bark beetles, ants, honey bees and solitary bees. I particularly enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations with non-biological disciplines such as computer science, engineering, and mathematics. This has resulted in a number of exciting projects. For example, I am currently working on developing insect and slime mould inspired algorithms for supply chain management and for designing resilient infrastructure networks. I am also passionate about insect conservation, and am currently working on projects centred around Australian native bees in urban and agricultural environments. I love field work and have worked in some truly beautiful places!

 Please note this page is currently under construction.

Lab managers:

Eliza Middleton

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Dr Eliza Middleton

Does all the things. Keeps the lab from burning down.

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Becky Reid

Does all the things. Keeps the lab from burning down.

PhD and Msc Students:

Amelie Vanderstock

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Cross-pollinating insect and community resilience in urban environments

"Cross-pollinating insect and community resilience in urban environments" is a project exploring how native bees connect urban agricultural and native bushland environments with members of the public. My project involves citizen science and invites members of the public to join in workshops and participatory research. Currently, I am studying connectivity and resilience of urban plant-pollinator systems in Sydney's community gardens and bushland using a network approach.

Francisco Garcia Bulle

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Native bees as alternative crop pollinators: reproductive behaviour of Tetragonula carbonaria

My research focuses on filling some of the gaps in the reproductive behaviour of the Australian stingless bee species Tetragonula carbonaria. I will divide my thesis into three different parts: (i) I will study the male’s mating and aggregating behavior to develop a protocol for estimating the density and the distribution of stingless bee populations in the wild, (ii) I will improve techniques for propagating hives, and (iii) I will evaluate inter-colony aggression in the context of orchard hive aggregations.

Yolanda Hanusch

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Pollination in Tasmanian fruit crops and market gardens

This project aims to develop an understanding of which insect pollinators play key roles in agricultural pollination networks in apple, blueberry and market gardens.

Lucinda ‘Indi’ Dunn

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Networking a way to sustainable integrated pest management for rice in Northwest Cambodia.

This study aims to investigate the social and ecological constraints of rice pest management in Cambodia with the aim of developing a successful and sustainable integrated pest management regime for smallholder farmers. To achieve this, a variety of novel and critical methods will be employed including the development of in-depth socio-ecological networks and ecological engineering techniques. It is hypothesised that using a holistic socio-ecological network approach with ecological engineering techniques will improve adoption of a sustainable integrated pest management methods for smallholder rice farmers in Cambodia.

Arisa Hosokawa


Behaviour and senescence in slime moulds

Caitlyn Drayton-Taylor

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Understanding the flower preferences of bees

Using tools from behavioural economics, this project aims to determine why bees choose some flowers over others.

Manuel Lequerica Tamara

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The Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution of Syrphid Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) in an Urbanisation Gradient

Urban environments offer a range of novel opportunities but also impose unprecedented selection pressures to plants and animals. I study several aspects of hover fly biology to elucidate which characteristics favour their tolerance to urban environments.

Past lab members

PhD and Msc Students:

Manuel Lequerica Tamara: Urban insect ecology

Joshua Christie: The evolution of mitochondrial inheritance

Arianna Bottineli (Uppsala University): Networks in biological systems


Honours students (Faculty of Science):

Christopher Tompkins: The response of ant communities to periodic flooding

Perrin Tasker: Parasitism in native bee nesting habitats

Arisa Hokosawa: Urban ecology of slime moulds

Matthew Byatt: The impact of antropogenic translocations on the genetic architecture of native stingless bees

Danya Luo: The economics of meat ant transportation networks

Madeline Ruth De Montfort: Urban bee ecology

Honours/ 4th year project students (Faculty of Agriculture and Environment):

Rafael Rafael Cuginotti De Oliveira: Developing a system for feeding stingless bees over the winter

Stephanie Mackillop: Bioconversion of low quality food waste by native and exotic soldier fly larvae

Langland Lo:  Reducing food wastes with soldier flies

Zoe Paisley:  Movement behaviour of Helicoverpa caterpillars in cotton fields

Lisa Paisley: Competitive interactions in Helicoverpa caterpillars

Anastasia Moore: Enhancing crop pollination in community gardens

Edwina Murray: Moth assemblages in conventional and transgenic cotton

Lucinda Dunn:  Hoverflies as biological control agents and pollinators in urban agricultural systems

Anastasia Moore: The effect of attractive plants on crop pollination in community gardens

Kade Denton:  Nesting material preferences and species identification of native Australian bees in the Sydney basin

Sharna Holman: Testing the critical exposure period required for developing tolerance to BT toxin


Honours students (Faculty of Veterinary Science):

Nicolle Davis: Pollination networks in urban community gardens