Mary Whitehouse


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Dr Mary Whitehouse is a behavioural ecologist who in a past life taught spiders to be winners and losers, worked in Israel on spider sociality and Venezuela on ant wars. More recently she has worked extensively on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in cropping systems, particularly cotton, exploring predator/prey interactions and invertebrate community composition. For example, she has studied the effect of intraguild predation on pest control, and the positive ramifications of changes in transgenic Bt cotton communities on pest management. She has also worked in resistance management, including how epigenetics could affect the development of resistance; and compared the role of in-season genetic dilution with between season quarantining to counter resistance developing in Helicoverpa moth populations. She is now applying her knowledge of IPM to other industries and environments, and has contributed to work on IPM in Australian urban environments, and the New Zealand pastural system. She plans to continue her work in IPM and predator-prey dynamics in hemp and other crops.

Education/Academic qualification

Behavioural Ecology, PhD, Behavioural plasticity in the New Zealand spider Argyrodes Antipodiana , University of Canterbury


Award Date: 21 May 1992

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

1 Mar 2022 → …


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