Myron Philip Zalucki (Australia), born in 1954. He completed his first degree, a BSc with first class honours in Zoology, from the Australian National University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1982, at Griffith University, Brisbane. Joined the then Department of Entomology at the University of Queensland in 1981 as a part time temporary lecturer and “rose through the ranks” to full Professor in 2001.
He is an insect ecologist by “bent” working on various applied and basic research areas. He uses various model systems to ask questions ranging from the interaction of host chemistry and induced plant defences on oviposition behaviour and early stage caterpillar survival, to the effects of learning on oviposition behaviour at a landscape level and of climate on insect abundance and distribution. He prefers butterfly plant interactions, particularly Monarch butterflies and milkweeds as a model study system.
A substantial amount of his applied research has been on the ecology and biology of Helicoverpa spp., the major pest of Australian field crops, and more recently Diamondback moth, a key pest of horticulture worldwide. He was awarded the Ian MacKerras Medal in 1996 for excellence in Entomology by the Australia Entomological Society. He chaired the organising committee for the XXII International Congress of Entomology held in Brisbane in August 2004. He has worked with colleagues on various entomological problems and questions in China, North Korea, India, Oman, the South Pacific and North America.