Tom Saunders

BSc, PGDipSci, MSc (The University of Auckland)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

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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. 

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

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