Theo’s primary role is leading the UWA team, in monitoring dung beetle activity in WA, measuring ecosystem services of dung beetles on farms in WA, and converting these values into economic terms, and assisting with investigations into genetic adaptation of introduced dung beetles.
Theo received his PhD from Melbourne University in 1995, then worked at CSIRO for 15 years, including a Humboldt fellowships at the Bayreuth University in Germany; Theo moved to UWA in 2015. His research focuses on the ecology and genetics of various insects and spiders, especially in agricultural systems. Theo has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters. He discovered how ants and termites increase wheat yield, and how ants help limit weeds.
Link to organisational profile: https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/theo-evans