Staff Profile

Libby Burgess
Science Group Leader, Applied Entomology

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Libby Burgess


BSc, University of Auckland, New Zealand
MSc, University of Auckland, New Zealand
AdvCert Te Ara Reo Maori, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand

Research Interests & Activities

Impacts of agricultural management systems and practices on arthropod biodiversity and biology control in New Zealand's productive systems, with a focus on apple orchards and pine forests. Investigating potential impacts of new technologies on beneficial and pest invertebrates.

Honours & Awards

Member, New Zealand Order of Merit

Professional Memberships

Member, New Zealand Plant Protection Society
Member, New Zealand Entomological Society

Key Publications

Malone, L.A., Burgess, E.P.J., Barraclough, E.I., Poulton, J., and Todd, JH. 2017. Comparison of invertebrate biodiversity in New Zealand apple orchards using integrated pest management, with or without codling moth mating disruption, or organic pest management. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 247: 379–388 doi.10.1016/j.agee.2017.06.046
Burgess, E.P.J., Barraclough, E.I., Kean, A.M., Markwick, N.P. and Malone L.A., 2014. Responses of nine lepidopteran species to Bacillus thuringiensis: how useful is phylogenetic relatedness for selecting surrogate species for non-target arthropod risk assessment? Insect Science, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12163
Barraclough, EI, Burgess, EPJ, Kean, AM, Malone, LA., 2014. Growth and development of a variable instar number geometrid Pseudocoremia suavis under standard rearing conditions, and when parasitized by Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). European Journal of Entomology, 111(4): 501–511. doi: 10.14411/eje.2014.062
Burgess, E.P.J.; Kean, A.M.; Barraclough, E.I.; Poulton, J.; Wadasinghe, G.; Markwick, N.P.; Malone, L.A. 2014. Evaluation of the field impacts of simulated Bt-transgenic Pinus radiata on native non-target Lepidoptera and their natural enemies in a New Zealand plantation forest. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 14: 63 – 74. DOI: 10.1111/afe.12034
Burgess EPJ, Barraclough EI, Kean AM, Walter C, Malone LA 2011. No impact of transgenic nptII-leafy Pinus radiata (Pinales: Pinaceae) on Pseudocoremia suavis (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) or its endoparasitoid Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Environmental Entomology 40(5): 1331–1340.
O’Callaghan, M.; Malone L.A.; Burgess, E.P.J.; Glare, T.R. 2005. Environmental impacts of insect resistant genetically modified plants. Ann. Rev. Entomol. 50: 271-292.