Marianne finished a Bachelor of General Biology at McGill University, Canada, in 2016. After coming over to Australia she completed a year of Honours under Professor Mark Elgar with the department of Zoology at Melbourne University, looking at the Australian meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus behaviour and communication. Her main interests lie in applied entomology and its potential in sustainable living, as well as art and scientific illustration. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Philosophy with PEARG, as a part of the greater program for control, eradication and preparedness for the Vegetable Leafminer funded by Hort Innovation. The other project partners are the University of Melbourne, cesar, Plant Health Australia, AUSVEG and NAQS. She is supervised by Prof Ary Hoffmann, Dr Paul Umina and Dr Peter Ridland.
Her project investigates the food web complex between host plants, non-pest leafminer flies and their parasitoid wasps in Australia. Pinpointing local wasp species that can be applied as biological control agents in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs will be valuable to control the spread of several invasive leafminers species that are serious agricultural threats in other regions of the world. One of these leafminer species, Liriomyza sativae, has already been found in Queensland, at the tip of the Cape York peninsula.
2018 Australian Entomological Society 48th in Alice Springs, NT (short presentation)