Kate has recently submitted her CRDC sponsored PhD study jointly supported by the University of Technology and Department of Primary Industries. From this study Kate has developed a keen interest in resistance mechanism identification in insect pests of agricultural importance and specifically those pests of cotton. Kate has published articles on insecticide resistance in refereed journals including Austral Entomology, General and Applied Entomology and Journal of Pesticide Science. Finally, Kate is particularly interested in the production of sustainable resistance management strategies centred on integrated pest management tactics.
Kate is a Research Entomologist within the Entomology, Insecticide Resistance Unit at Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI). She is currently contributing to a research project sponsored by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) to facilitate sustainable management of aphids, mites and mirids in cotton via improved resistance management. Additionally, Kate contributes to funded research and consultancies investigating insecticide resistance in insect pests of horticulture, including thrips.