Hi I’m Peter Mee a PhD student that commenced my project in March 2012. I am co supervised by Dr Andrew Weeks and Prof Ary Hoffmann at the UoM and by Dr Peter Walker and Dr Jean Bernard Duchemin at CSIRO. I am primarily based off-site at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong and visit Bio21 every couple of weeks. My project is based around the endosymbiotic diversity of Culicoides sp (biting midges), with recent detection of reproductive manipulators Wolbachia and Cardinium in this species.
How I got here:
I did an Environmental Science degree specialising in Molecular and Microbial Biology with the University of Queensland. I completed my Honours degree at UQ with Prof Scott O’Neill looking at Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti and finished at UQ in 2009. At this point I decided to seek employment instead of jumping straight into a PhD.
I was successful in obtaining a position with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries as a ‘Biosecurity and Climate Change Scientist’ from (2010-2012). This was a great experience working on range of insect pest from projects looking at Phylloxera in grapevines, Woolly Apple Aphids, Macrosiphum Hellebori and involved with the Victorian Arbovirus monitoring program.
While at the DPI I also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change for the Primary Industries.
I then made the decision it was time to do a PhD to further develop my career and was fortunate to be offered a PhD position with UoM & CSIRO.
Fun fact: The above photo is of me at the front of the Louvre Museum in Paris which was absolutely amazing!! If you every go, leave yourself heaps of time to fully appreciate it.
H.L. Yeap, P. Mee, T. Walker, A.R. Weeks, S.L. O’Neill, P. Johnson, S.A. Ritchie, K.M. Richardson, C. Doig, N.M. Endersby and A.A. Hoffmann. 2010. ‘Dynamics of the “Popcorn” Wolbachia Infection in Outbred Aedes aegypti Informs Prospects for Mosquito Vector Control.’ Genetics. Vol. 187, pp. 583-595.
G.A. Korosi, P.T. Mee & K.S. Powell. 2011. ‘Influence of temperature and humidity on mortality of grapevine phylloxera Daktulosphaira vitifoliae clonal lineages – a scientific validation of a disinfestations procedure for viticultural machinery.’ Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Vol. 41, no. 17, pp. 3998-4004.
P.T. Mee, G.A. Korosi and K.S. Powell. 2011. ‘The e-volution of National Phylloxera Management and Identification Workshops.’ Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker.