Professor Gimme Walter
School of Biological Sciences,
Faculty of Science, UQ
My associates and I approach ecological research as an interactive process between theory development and empirical investigation.
We focus on the ecological requirements of individuals and species (autecology) as a basis for understanding the distribution and abundance of organisms, and for interpreting local diversity (community structure).
The specific problems tackled include the clarification of the host relationships of phytophagous insects (including crop pests), and the ecology of parasitoid wasps and rainforest insects (mainly drosophilid flies).
Overall, these efforts have led to the first formalisation of the structure of autecology, an approach that is particularly important in applied entomology.