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May Meeting - The Problem with Ants on Islands, and other tropical pest ANTics

Wednesday May 11 7:00 pm

Duration: 1.5 hours


Presented by Kirsti Abbott, the new Head of Science at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

She is an ant ecologist by training who has journeyed through field research, academia and science education and communication to create inspirational and inclusive science spaces and experiences grounded in rigorous research and current concepts.

Her research focused on the ecology and management of the Yellow Crazy Ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) on Christmas Island and in the Pacific, including Tokelau, a remote atoll nation in Polynesia. Kirsti also set up School of Ants Australia to understand the diversity, distribution and diet of ants associated with humans, and travelled around Australia facilitating this project in schools. Most recently Kirsti was the Program Leader of UNE Discovery, a science engagement initiative at the University of New England in Armidale NSW, but is looking forward to getting to know the Top End insect fauna, especially the ants.

Kirsti will tell the story of Yellow Crazy Ants on Christmas Island and Tokelau, and examine the distribution and impacts of invasive ants in tropical Australia.

Photo: https://tedxsydney.com/talk/how-invasive-ants-dominate-ecosystems-kirsti-abbott/