Dr Edward Deveson

BA (Hons) ANU, PhD ANU
Honorary Lecturer

I have worked in various government agencies including the forerunner to Geoscience Australia and the Australian Plague Locust Commission as GIS developer and currently as forecaster.  I completed a PhD at Fenner School in 2017.

The thesis traced the history of interaction between agriculture, locust outbreaks and biological science in Australia from the 1840s to the 1970s.

Research interests

ecology, insect ecology, history of science

E. D. Deveson, ‘The search for a solution to Australian locust outbreaks: how developments in ecology and government responses influenced scientific research’, Historical Records of Australian Science, 22 (2011), 1–31.

M. P. Chapuis, J. A. Popple, K. Berthier, S. J. Simpson, E. Deveson, P. Spurgin, M. J. Steinbauer and G. A. Sword, ‘Challenges to assessing connectivity between massive populations of the Australian plague locust’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 278 (2011), 3152–3160.

E. D. Deveson, ‘Naturae Amator and the grasshopper infestations of South Australia's early years’, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 136 (1), (2012), 1–15.

D. Eagles, T. Deveson, P. J. Walker, M. P. Zalucki and P. Durr, ‘Evaluation of long-distance dispersal of Culicoides midges into northern Australia using a migration model’, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 26 (3), (2012), 334–40.

E. D. Deveson, ‘Satellite normalised difference vegetation index data used in managing Australian plague locusts’, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 7 (2013), (075096), 1–21.

T. Deveson and J. D. Woodman, ‘Longevity relative to temperature of Scelio fulgidus (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) emerging from Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera) eggs’, Australian Journal of Entomology, 52 (2013), 277–281.

E. D. Deveson, ‘The Adelaide Philosophical Society and the early accommodation of the Darwin-Wallace theory of Natural Selection’, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 137 (2), (2013), 151–167.

T. Deveson and J. D. Woodman, ‘Observations of Scelio fulgidus (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) parasitism and development in southern NSW during the 2010 Chortoicetes terminifera (Orthoptera: Acrididae) locust plague’, Austral Entomology, 53 (2014), 133–137.

E. D. Deveson and J. D. Woodman, ‘Embryonic diapause in the Australian plague locust relative to parental experience of cumulative photophase decline’, Journal of Insect Physiology, 70 (2014), 1–7.

S. Veran, S. J. Simpson, G. A. Sword, E. Deveson, S. Piry, J. E. Hines, and K. Berthier, ‘Modeling spatiotemporal dynamics of outbreaking species: influence of environment and migration in a locust’, Ecology, 96 (2015), 737–748.

C. Adriaansen, J. D. Woodman, E. Deveson and V. A. Drake, ‘The Australian Plague Locust—Risk and Response’, in eds. J. F. Shroder and, R. Sivanpillai, Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, (The Netherlands, Elsevier, 2016), pp. 67–86.

E. D. Deveson, ‘Parasites, politics and public science: the promotion of biological control in Western Australia, 1900–1910’, British Journal for the History of Science, 49 (2016), 231–258.

E. Deveson and A. Martinez, ‘Locusts in Southern Settler societies: Argentine and Australian Experience and Responses, 1880–1940’, in eds. E. Vaz, C. Joanoz de Melo, C. Pinto and M. Ligia, Environmental History in the Making. Vol 1. Explaining, (Switzerland, Springer, 2017), pp. 259–286.