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I am a terrestrial ecologist with extensive research experience in biological monitoring, biodiversity assessment, and invertebrate conservation and ecology with particular interest in the role of invertebrates as indicators of environmental sustainability and in the control of pest species in agriculture. I have many years experience in a range of agricultural industries publishing widely in both international journals and industry publications on the interactions between pests, natural enemies and the local environment. Identification of sympathetic management practices, particularly chemical use and increased native vegetation not only sustains populations of natural enemies but enhances biodiversity and supports conservation of a wide range of invertebrates. Membership of the Victorian Scientific Advisory Committee for the Flora and Fauna Act (1988) gives me the opportunity to advise on putting invertebrate conservation into practice! I came to Zoology at University of Melbourne in 2005, after 15 years at La Trobe University.
Non Crop vegetation and pest control
Climate change and agricultural pests
Recent Publications (2010 – 2014):
Hill MP, Thomson LJ, 2014. Species distribution modelling in predicting response to climate change. Invited book chapter in: Climate Change and Insect Pests. Ed.s Christer Björkman and Pekka Niemelä. CABI. England. (in press).
Norton BJ, Thomson LJ, Williams NSG, McDonnell MJ, 2013. The effect of urban ground covers on arthropods: an experiment. Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-013-0297-.
Thomson LJ, Hoffmann AA, 2013. Spatial scale of benefits from adjacent woody vegetation on natural enemies within vineyards. Biological Control 64:57-65.
D’Alberto CF, Hoffmann AA, Thomson LJ, 2012. Limited benefits of non-crop vegetation at the local and landscape levels on spiders in Australian vineyards BioControl 57:541-552.
Thomson LJ, Hoffmann AA, 2011. Pest management challenges for biofuel crop production. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3:95-99 Invited contribution to Special Issue on Terrestrial Systems Edited by Andy Sheppard, Raghu Sathyamurthy, Cameron Begley, and Dave Richardson.
Chong CS, Thomson LJ, Hoffmann AA, 2011. High diversity of ants in Australian vineyards. Australian Journal of Entomology 50:7-21.
Chong CS, Hoffmann AA, Thomson LJ, 2011. Local scale spatial dynamics of ants in a temperate agroecosystem. Astral Ecology. 36:413-424.
ThomsonLJ, McKenzie J, Sharley DJ, Nash MA, Tsitsilas A, Hoffmann AA, 2010. Effect of woody vegetation at the landscape scale on the abundance of natural enemies in Australian vineyards. Biological Control 54:248-254.
Nash MA, Hoffmann AA, Thomson LJ, 2010. Identifying signatures of chemical applications in non-target invertebrate communities in vineyards. Ecological Applications 20:1693-1703.
DanneA, Thomson LJ, Sharley DJ, Penfold CM, Hoffmann AA, 2010. Effects of native grass cover crops on beneficial and pest invertebrates in Australian vineyards. Environmental Entomology 39:970-978.
ThomsonLJ, Hoffmann AA, 2010. Natural enemy responses and pest control: importance of local vegetation. Biological Control 52:160-166.
Chong CS, D’Alberto CF, Thomson LJ, Hoffmann AA, 2010. Influence of native ants on arthropod communities in a vineyard. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 12:223-232.
Thomson LJ, Pearce S, Hoffmann AA, 2010. Predicting the effects of climate change on natural enemies of agricultural pests. Invited contribution to Special Issue of Biological Control ‘Biological control: current state, future prospects. Editors: Gurr, G.A., Ash, G. and Pilkington, L. Biological Control 52: 296-306.