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Stephen Quarrell

Lecturer in Entomology

Room 301, Life Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 6221 (phone)

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Stephen.Quarrell@utas.edu.au

Dr Stephen Quarrell is an entomologist at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). His research interests include agricultural pest management including the use of biological control agents, insect chemical ecology and using technology to better understand issues regarding honey bee health and behaviour. Stephen also coordinates student outreach for the agriculture discipline within TIA.

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Tasmania as an undergraduate and undertaking his PhD in entomology, Stephen worked for 10 years within the industrial electronics industry, including several years in the Royal Australian Navy. After leaving the electronics industry, he held various roles around Australia within the agricultural industry, which eventually led his enrollment in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe chemical ecology, genetics and impact of European earwigs in apple and cherry orchardsUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia01/08/2013
BAgSci (1st Class Hons)The biology and chemical ecology of European earwigsUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia01/11/2008

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Entomological Society
  • Tasmanian Beekeepers Association

Teaching

Entomology, Introductory Statistics

Teaching expertise

Stephen has held an active teaching role in the discipline of Agriculture and Food Systems for six years, in both introductory and advance entomology units and statistics teaching for undergraduate, Honours and Masters students

Teaching responsibility

Research Appointments

Stephen is currently holds an affiliate research fellow position at the CSIRO.

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Expertise

  • Agricultural pest management including IPM and organic management
  • Insect chemical ecology including pheromone isolation
  • Honey bee health and behaviour
  • The use of biological control agents in agriculture

Research Themes

Stephen's research aligns to the University's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. 

His research interests include the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Organic pest management techniques including insect pheromones in perennial fruit cropping systems, and the use of technologies including micro-sensors to better understand how various stressors impact on Honey bee health and behaviour. He is currently an affiliate research fellow at the CSIRO, working with the Swarm Sensing group, whose primary goal is to develop new micro sensing technologies to better understand insect behaviour and movement. Stephen is also currently working on the chemical ecology of endemic Tasmanian ladybird species, and New Zealand biological control projects.

Collaboration

Dr Stephen Quarrell is currently involved in several international projects, which are primarily aimed at introducing biological control agents into New Zealand for the control of forestry pests, European earwig population genetics and investigating honey bee behaviour and the decline of bee populations globally.

Awards

  • iAwards - Research and Development State winner (Tasmania) and National Finalist 2014 (For the Swarm Sensing project)
  • The Australian Innovation Challenge (Environment, Agriculture and Food Category) - National finalist 2014 (For the Swarm Sensing project)

Fields of Research

  • Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070603)
  • Horticultural Production (070699)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)

Research Objectives

  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960804)
  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Honey (830502)

Publications

Total publications

28

Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Colin T, Lim MY, Quarrell SR, Allen GR, Barron AB, 'Effects of thymol on European honey bee hygienic behaviour', Apidologie pp. 1-12. ISSN 0044-8435 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13592-018-0625-8 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lim MY; Allen GR

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2019Gaffney A, Bohman B, Quarrell SR, Brown PH, Allen GR, 'Limited cross plant movement and non-crop preferences reduce the efficiency of honey bees as pollinators of hybrid carrot seed crops', Insects, 10, (2) Article 34. ISSN 2075-4450 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/insects10020034 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gaffney A; Brown PH; Allen GR

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2018Gaffney A, Bohman B, Quarrell SR, Brown PH, Allen GR, 'Frequent insect visitors are not always pollen carriers in hybrid carrot pollination', Insects, 9, (2) Article 61. ISSN 2075-4450 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/insects9020061 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Gaffney A; Brown PH; Allen GR

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2018Peixoto L, Allen GR, Ridenbaugh RD, Quarrell SR, Withers TM, et al., 'When taxonomy and biological control researchers unite: species delimitation of Eadya parasitoids (Braconidae) and consequences for classical biological control of invasive paropsine pests of Eucalyptus', PLoS One, 13, (8) Article e0201276. ISSN 1932-6203 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201276 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Allen GR

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2018Quarrell SR, Arabi J, Suwalski A, Veuille M, Wirth T, et al., 'The invasion biology of the invasive earwig, Forficula auricularia in Australasian ecosystems', Biological Invasions, 20, (6) pp. 1553-1565. ISSN 1387-3547 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1646-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Allen GR

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2017Quarrell SR, Corkrey R, Allen GR, 'Predictive thresholds for forecasting the compatibility of Forficula auricularia and Aphelinus mali as biological control agents against woolly apple aphid in apple orchards', BioControl, 62, (2) pp. 243-256. ISSN 1386-6141 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10526-017-9792-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Corkrey R; Allen GR

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2016Quarrell SR, Davies NW, Walker PW, Corkrey R, Smith JA, et al., 'Identification of the putative aggregation pheromone components emitted by the European earwig, Forficula auricularia', Chemoecology, 26, (5) pp. 173-186. ISSN 0937-7409 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00049-016-0216-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Davies NW; Walker PW; Corkrey R; Smith JA; Allen GR

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Conference Publication

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Peixoto L, Allen G, Quarrell S, Withers T, Ridenbaugh R, et al., 'A model study showing the benefits of systematics in biocontrol', Entomology 2017, 5-8 November, Denver, United States (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Allen G

2017Withers TM, Allen GR, Quarrell SR, Pugh A, '6.2 Larval parasitoids for biocontrol of invasive paropsine defoliatiors', CAB International, 11-15 September 2017, Langkawi, Malaysia, pp. 95-98. ISBN 9781786394118 (2017) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Allen GR

2016Quarrell S, 'Micro-sensor technologies on bees - an update', Tasmanian Beekeepers Association 71st Annual Conference Program, 27-28 May 2016, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2013Quarrell SR, Davies NW, Walker PW, Allen GR, 'Evidence for Aggregation Control by Cuticular Hydrocarbons in the European Earwig, Forficula auricularia', Proceedings of the ICEC 2013 : International Chemical Ecology Conference, 19-23 August 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 114. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Walker PW; Allen GR

2012Quarrell SR, Davies NW, Walker PW, Allen GR, 'Do temporal fluctuations in the cuticular hydrocarbons profiles of Forficula auricularia mediate interactions between conspecifics?', 43rd AGM & Scientific Conference and Australasian Arachnological Society 2012, 25-28 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Walker PW; Allen GR

2012Quarrell SR, Wirth T, Arabi J, Allen GR, 'Sub-species mapping of the invasive earwig, Forficula auricularia in Australian ecosystems', 43rd AGM & Scientific Conference and Australasian Arachnological Society 2012, 25-28 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Allen GR

2012Sherwin G, Quarrell SR, Allen GR, Davies NW, 'The role of chemical and visual signals on the aggregation behaviour of the common spotted ladybird, Cleobora mellyi (Mulsant) and the Tasmanian ladybird, Harmonia conformis (Boisduval)', 43rd AGM & Scientific Conference and Australasian Arachnological Society 2012, 25-28 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Allen GR; Davies NW

2011Quarrell S, Allen GR, Davies NW, Walker PW, 'Identification of potential aggregation pheromone components from Forficula auricularia in situ', 27th Annual meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, 24-28th July 2011, Burnaby, British Columbia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Allen GR; Davies NW; Walker PW

2011Quarrell SR, 'Reducing the financial cost and environmental impact of chemically-based insect pest management', Presentation to Fruit Growers Tasmania night seminar series, 24th February 2011, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Quarrell SR, 'Earwig project update', Presentation to the NSW Cherry Growers Association, 28th June 2011, Young, NSW (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Quarrell SR, 'IPM - an overview', Presentation to the NSW Cherry Growers Association, 28th June 2011, Young, NSW (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2009Quarrell S, 'Potential earwig control in fruit orchards', Proceedings of the National Apple and Pear Conference, 5th August 2009, Hobart, Tasmania (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2009Quarrell S, 'Potential earwig control in fruit orchards', Proceedings of the Fruit Growers Tasmania Conference, 15th May 2009, Hobart, Tasmania (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Scott J, Quarrell S, 'Potential Biosecurity Risks Associated with Poppy Straw and Pellet Importation', Poppy Growers Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Scott J

2011Quarrell SR, Davies NW, Allen GR, 'Preliminary scoping for infochemicals used in ladybird aggregation', Research Contract Report to Hydro Tasmania, September (2011) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Allen GR

Other Public Output

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Quarrell SR, 'IPM in Australia - Where does its future lie?', Fruit Tree Magazine, November (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Quarrell SR, Davies NW, Walker PW, Allen GR, 'Improving European Earwig Management', Apple & Pear Industry Annual Report (2011) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Walker PW; Allen GR

2010Quarrell S, 'IPM - The road to sustainability', Orchard Plant Protection Guide for Deciduous Fruits in NSW 2010-11, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia, 2010/11 (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009Quarrell S, 'The impact of chemical control on insects in orchards', Australian Fruit Grower, Australia, 3, 6, pp. 16-17 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Quarrell S, 'Earwigs in apples', Australian Fruit Grower, Australia, 3, 8, pp. 22-24 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Quarrell S, Walker P, Davies N, Allen G, 'Preliminary analysis of the volatile compounds associated with Paropsisterna bimaculata and two host-plant species, Eucalyptus regnans and E. nitens', Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Hobart, Australia (2009) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Walker P; Davies N; Allen G

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

8

Total funding

$1,219,926

Projects

Integrated Pest Management of redberry mite, Acalitus essigi, on blackberries (2017 - 2020)$255,473
Description
Undertake desktop research on what IPM tools (cultural, biological, physical and chemical) are being used around the world (including Australia) to manage redberry mite Undertake field and laboratory trials for IPM tools that are appropriate for Australian production conditions, incorporate cultivar, production technique (e.g. open and under cover) region in the IPM strategies developedIdentify best IPM practice tools that can be incorporated into a whole of farm management system and provide extension materials that detail this, including but not limited to fact sheets and articles for industry magazines
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($255,473)
Scheme
Grant-Commissioned and Tendered Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Quarrell SR; Allen GR; Buntain M; Daveis J; Horne P; Eccles J
Period
2017 - 2020
An integrated pest, disease and weed management program for the Australian apple and pear industry (2017 - 2020)$644,936
Description
- Extend current knowledge on IPM in apple and pear orchards with a focus on regional programs that engage both growers and advisors.- Update and make readily available the industrys IPM manual.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($644,936)
Scheme
Grant-Strategic Co-investment Funding Pool
Administered By
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Research Team
Williams David; Villalta O; McCutcheon A; Cunningham P; Santhanam-Martin M; Mathews A; Murphy-White S; Learmonth S; Sutton J; Lacey K; Dodds K; Coleman A; Nimmo P; McGrath C; Quarrell SR; van Helden M; James P
Period
2017 - 2020
Biosecurity Risks Associated with Poppy Straw Importation (2016)$8,000
Description
This will be a desktop study of the available literature on known insect pests and diseases affecting opium poppy worldwide. The project aims to place these within the context of the Australian cropping system and identify potential concerns for introduction. This consultancy is a request from the client to provide background scientific information on the topic, to aid the formulation their response to a Biosecurity Advice issued by the federal government. The advice in question regards the potential importation of poppy straw from Europe.
Funding
Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc ($8,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Scott JB; Quarrell SR
Year
2016
Host relationships of the proposed biocontrol agent for New Zealand, Eadya paropsidis (2015 - 2018)$26,349
Description
Undertake field collection and/or rearing experiments to ascertain the molecular determination of the Eadya paropsidis species complex in Tasmania, especially as relates to geographic location and/or Tasmanian field hosts. Assist and host international research visits relating to host specificity testing for New Zealand biocontrol. Co-author scientific papers in international refereed journals.
Funding
Scion New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited ($26,349)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen GR; Quarrell SR
Period
2015 - 2018
microSensing Technologies (2014 - 2016)$269,198
Description
The primary aim of this project is to design and conduct laboratory, glasshouse and field-based entomological experiments intended to assess the efficacy of newly developed micro-sensor technologies produced by CSIRO. The experiments and methodologies will be determined as these newly developed micro-sensors become available from CSIRO. Outcomes will include writing of peer-reviewed scientific papers and technical reporting on the efficacy of micro-sensor adhesion techniques and the newly developed micro-sensors themselves. Presentations at scientific and industry conferences are also anticipated.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($269,198)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen GR; Quarrell SR
Period
2014 - 2016
Beetle aggregation research (2012)$2,000
Funding
Hydro Tasmania ($2,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen GR; Quarrell SR; Davies NW; Smith JA
Year
2012
Preliminary scoping of infochemicals used in ladybird aggregation (2011)$5,270
Funding
Hydro Tasmania ($5,270)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen GR; Quarrell SR
Year
2011
Sub-species Mapping of the Invasive Earwig, Forficula auricularia in Australian Ecosystems (2009 - 2011)$8,700
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($8,700)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen GR; Quarrell SR
Period
2009 - 2011

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDUnderstanding Honey Bee Health and Pollination Under Protected and Contained Environments2018