Prof. Tony Clarke wins the 2014 Mackerras Medal

Prof. Tony Clarke is an academic with the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland. Tony gained his B.Agr.Sc. with a major in entomology at The University of Queensland (1986) and a PhD in entomology from the same university in 1992. After completion of his PhD, Tony spent 10 years in various postdoctoral positions. One year at the University of Queensland (UQ) working on fruit fly parasitoids was followed by slightly over four years at the University of Tasmania working on eucalypt entomology, then 18 months back at UQ working on caterpillar foraging and finally three years working on fruit flies at Griffith University. He finally gained an ongoing position in January 2002 with a lecturing appointment at the Queensland University of Technology, where he has since slowly worked up the academic ladder. Over his research career, Tony has produced more than 100 refereed research papers which have gained nearly 2000 citations. His area of work has been largely applied insect ecology with the major foci being eucalypt entomology, tropical/subtropical horticulture and plant biosecurity. In recent years, tropical fruit flies have been the focus of his research, including leading a major project on species boundary delimitation of the pest species within the Oriental fruit fly (Bactocera dorsalis) complex, and strategic research to support aProf. Tony Clarke is an academic with the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.

Tony gained his B.Agr.Sc. with a major in entomology at The University of Queensland (1986) and a PhD in entomology from the same university in 1992. 

After completion of his PhD, Tony spent 10 years in various postdoctoral positions.  One year at the University of Queensland (UQ) working on fruit fly parasitoids was followed by slightly over four years at the University of Tasmania working on eucalypt entomology, then 18 months back at UQ working on caterpillar foraging and finally three years working on fruit flies at Griffith University.  He finally gained an ongoing position in January 2002 with a lecturing appointment at the Queensland University of Technology, where he has since slowly worked up the academic ladder. 

Over his research career, Tony has produced more than 100 refereed research papers which have gained nearly 2000 citations. His area of work has been largely applied insect ecology with the major foci being eucalypt entomology, tropical/subtropical horticulture and plant biosecurity.  In recent years, tropical fruit flies have been the focus of his research, including leading a major project on species boundary delimitation of the pest species within the Oriental fruit fly (Bactocera dorsalis) complex, and strategic research to support management of Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni).  As an academic Tony also has teaching and service roles, including supervision of 25 research masters and PhD students. management of Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni). As an academic Tony also has teaching and service roles, including supervision of 25 research masters and PhD students.