Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Paul Weston

Dr Paul Weston

BSc (Cornell), MSc (MichStateUni), PhD (MichStateUni)

After obtaining a BSc degree in Biology from Cornell University, Dr. Weston completed an MS degree in Systems Science followed by a PhD in Entomology at Michigan State University.  He has studied the behaviour and ecology of insect pests in a variety of cropping systems (vegetables, woody ornamentals, and stored grains), focusing on the chemical basis for insect/plant interactions, host selection behaviour, and degree-day models of development.  In addition to basic aspects of biology, Dr. Weston has investigated alternative pest control methods using behavioural modifying chemicals, reduced-risk products, and biological control.  More recently, he has been studying the impact of climate change on insect biology and biological control of weeds by insects.

Dr. Weston arrived at CSU in 2008 after establishing recognised research programs at Kentucky State University and Cornell University.  He lectures into Invertebrate Pest Management and is currently working full-time on dung beetle ecology and metabolomics.

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Research

  • Biological control of weeds by insects
  • Impact of climate change on insect and plant biology
  • Natural products influencing insect behaviour and biology
  • Dung beetle ecology and distribution

Teaching

  • PSC201 - Invertebrate Pest Management
  • Previously taught BIO100 (Introductory Biology), SCI101 (What is Science?) and VIT 311/404 ( Vine Health)

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Chemical ecology, insect behaviour (oviposition, feeding, movement), insect ecology, phenological models, natural products chemistry, biological control, invasive species ecology and alternative pest management.

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Read more on CSU Research Output (CRO)

  • Weston, P. A., Gurusinghe, S., Birckhead, E., Skoneczny, D., Quinn, J. C., and Weston, L. A. (2019). Chemometric analysis of Amaranthus retroflexus in relation to livestock toxicity in southern Australia. Phytochemistry 161, 1–10.
  • Skoneczny D, Weston PA and Weston LA (2018) Metabolomics and metabolic profiling: Investigation of dynamic plant-environment interactions at the functional level, pp. 323–345. In Adv. Plant Ecophysiol. Tech. Springer, Cham.
  • Mwendwa, JM, Brown WB, Wu H, Weston PA, Weidenhamer LD, Quinn JC and Weston LA (2018) The weed suppressive ability of selected Australian grain crops: Case studies from the Riverina region in New South Wales. Crop Prot. 103: 9–19.
  • Skoneczny D, Weston PA, Zhu X, Gurr GM, Callaway RM, Barrow RA and Weston LA (2017) Metabolic profiling and identification of shikonins in root periderm of two invasive Echium spp. weeds in Australia. Molecules 22: 330.
  • Zhu, X, Weston PA, Skoneczny D, Gopurenko D, Meyer L, Lepschi BJ, Callaway RM, Gurr GM, and Weston LA (2017) Ecology and genetics affect relative invasion success of two Echium species in southern Australia. Sci. Rep. 7, 42792.
  • Harper RW and Weston PA (2016). Potential of alternative Tsuga spp. as landscape replacements for T. canadensis: Longer-term evaluation and propagation of T. chinensis. Arboric. Urban For. 42, 346–354.
  • Zhu X, Skoneczny D, Weidenhamer JD, Mwendwa JM, Weston PA, Gurr GM, Callaway RM, and Weston LA (2016) Identification and localization of bioactive naphthoquinones in the roots and rhizosphere of Paterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum), a noxious invader. J. Exp. Bot. 67, 3777–3788.
  • Skoneczny D, Weston PA, Zhu X, Gurr GM, Callaway RM, and Weston LA (2015) Metabolic profiling of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in foliage of two Echium spp. invaders in Australia: A case of novel weapons? Int. J. Mol. Sci. 16, 26721–26737.
  • Miller JR, Adams CG, Weston PA, and Schenker JH (2015) Trapping of small organisms moving randomly: Principles and applications to pest monitoring and management. Springer.
  • Desurmont, GA and Weston PA (2014) Switched after birth: Performance of the viburnum leaf beetle [Pyrrhalta viburni (Paykull)] after transfer to a suboptimal host plant. Insects 5, 805–817.
  • Weston PA, Weston LA, and Hildebrand S (2013) Metabolic profiling in Echium plantagineum: Presence of bioactive pyrrolizidine alkaloids and napthoquinones from accessions across southeastern Australia. Phytochem. Rev. 12, 831–837.

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