Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Paul Weston

Dr Paul Weston

BSc (Cornell), MSc (Michigan State), PhD (Michigan State)

Dr Paul Weston hails from New York State and obtained a BSc in Biology from Cornell.  He made a brief diversion into engineering during his MSc program, learning how to write computer models along the way, and then got back onto the biological track, completing a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University (with a minor in analytical chemistry).

Paul has used his various research skills to study interactions between insects and their host plants in a variety of commodity areas (vegetables, stored grains, and woody plants) in a variety of locations (Michigan, Kentucky and New York State).  In his various positions in the US, Paul was responsible for conducting research and teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students in his specialty areas as well as developing extension programs for agricultural practitioners.

In 2008, Paul made the big move to Australia with his family and is currently a lecturer and part-time researcher in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences on the Wagga campus.

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Teaching Interests

Paul lecturers in the following subjects:

  • AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
  • BIO100 Concepts of Biology
  • PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
  • SCI101 What is Science?

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Research Interests

  • Insect behaviour and ecology
  • Biological control of insects and weeds
  • Plant secondary chemistry
  • Modeling insect movement
  • Modeling insect phenology
  • Metabolomic profiling of plants and animals
  • Impact of climate change on insect/plant interactions

Current Research Projects

Paul currently provides assistance to the following projects:

  • Amelioration of ryegrass staggers in sheep with a novel therapeutic agent (J Quinn, Pl)
  • Invasive plant success and multi-trophic level chemical ecology using Patterson's curse as a model (L Weston, G Gurr & R Callaway, Pls)

Research Students

PhD Current
  • Dominik Skoneczny "Role of environment and genetics in production of secondary metabolites in Echium plantagineum"
Honours Current
  • Suzanne Hannigan "Effect of an invasive weed on insect biodiversity and abundance in northern Sydney"

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Professional Memberships

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Recent Publications

View Dr Weston's publications on CRO.

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