Susan Laurance (JCU), Dagmar Meyer Steiger (JCU), Scott Ritchie (JCU), Mark Geyle (TSRA), Vic McGrath (TSRA); Improved mosquito disease detection and prevention of spread in the Torres Strait; Wednesday 5th November.


Johnson, J.E., Marsh, H., Hamann, M., Duke, N., Burrows, D., Bainbridge, S., Sweatman, H., Brodie, J., Bohensky, E., Butler, J., Laurance, S. (2015) Tropical Research in Australia’s Torres Strait region.


Having locals identify environmental research needs for their own community is a key step to ensuring that research is relevant, appropriate and desirable for communities. Communities of the Torres Strait are no exception to this and three island communities in particular are the focus of a research project funded by the Australian Government’s Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) Transition Program. This factsheet summarises the results of a study on environmental research needs in a number of Torres Strait communities, which also involved staff of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU). The core aim of this project was to attempt to ensure that knowledge generated from future applied research arrangements is appropriate and useful for end-users throughout the Torres Strait. These end-users for future research include government agencies such as the TSRA, leaders and representatives (such as island councillors, island managers and Prescribed Body Corporate members), elders, and locals living in the communities where research is being conducted.

An update brochure of what's going on with the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Torres Strait projects.


A snapshot of the research progress within the Torres Strait node for January to June 2013.


A snapshot of the research progress within the Torres Strait node for July to December 2013.


Journal of Vector Ecology


Meyer Steiger, D., Johnson, P., Hilbert, D., Ritchie, S., Jones, D., Laurance, S.G.W. (2012) Effects of landscape disturbance on mosquito community composition in tropical Australia. Journal of Vector Ecology. 37, 69-76 [doi:10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00201].



Meyer Steiger, D.B., Ritchie, S.A., Laurance, S.G.W. (2014) Overcoming the Challenges of Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) Sampling in Remote Localities: A Comparison of CO2 Attractants on Mosquito Communities in Three Tropical Forest Habitats. BioOne. 51 (1), 39-45 [doi:10.1603/ME12216].

Laurance, S.G.W., Meyer Steiger, D., Ritchie, S. (2014) Detecting Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Torres Strait: a review of vector, host and disease studies.



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