Bruce is conducting a research program on many groups of mites, especially those groups that have economic significance as either pest or beneficial species. He combines this role with his position as the Curator of Arachnids in the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC). Bruce has extensive experience in the taxonomy and biology of insects and mites, and has applied this experience to a variety of research projects over more than 20 years.
Summary of Research & Education:
Bruce completed his Ph.D degree in 1978, in the Department of Genetics, University of Adelaide, Australia. He then spent 3 years in the University of East Anglia, England, working on the population genetics of the alpine grasshopper Podisma pedestris. He joined CSIRO as an acarologist in 1981, and has pursued a variety of projects in the systematics and biology of mites. His major projects include a long-term study of the family Macrochelidae, the systematics and biology of the redlegged earth mite Halotydeus destructor and its natural enemies, the compilation of Mites of Australia: a Checklist and Bibliography, and the organisation of the 10th International Congress of Acarology.
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