Tom Saunders

BSc, PGDipSci, MSc (The University of Auckland)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

My PhD explores how chemical ecology techniques can be applied to understand the host ranges of classical biological control agents. I'm interested in how and why a parasitoid's physiological host range (the list of non-target species supporting successful parasitoid deveopment) differs from its ecological host range (the list of species a parasitoid will actually attack in the field). If we can apply techniques such as coupled gas-chromatography electroantennographic detection (GC-EAD) to pre-release risk assessments, we'll have a much better idea of the kinds of non-target risks posed by a biocontrol agent before they are released. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Saunders, T., Holwell, G., & Avila, O. G. (2018). Improving pre-release risk prediction for classical biocontrol agents. Paper presented at Introducing New Capability to B3, Te Papa, Wellington. 7 May - 8 May 2018.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41861
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg Holwell
  • Saunders, T. E., & Ward, D. F. (2018). Variation in the diversity and richness of parasitoid wasps based on sampling effort. PeerJ, 610.7717/peerj.4642
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Darren Ward
  • Saunders, T. E., & Ward, D. F. (2017). A new species of Lusius (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 40 (2), 72-78. 10.1080/00779962.2017.1357427
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41733
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Darren Ward
  • Saunders, T. E. (2016). Optimising capture methods for the evaluation of parasitoid wasp diversity The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.

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THOMAS BUILDING EXTENSION - Bldg 110N
Level 1, Room 1001
3A SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
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