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