James Ridsdill-Smith

Dr, Adjunct Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I received my BA in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1964, and a Docotor of Science from publications on pasture insects in 2001.  My MSc was awarded in 1968 and my PhD in 1974 at the University of New England, both for research projects on insects. I joined CSIRO Entomology at Armidale in NSW in 1964 and moved to Perth in WA as Officer in Charge in 1977.  I was President of the Australian Entomological Society from 2002-4 during the International Congress of Entomology in Brisbane in 2004.  In that year I was elected as a member of the Council of the International Congresses of Entomology and was a member of the Executive as Secretary General of Council from 2008-2016. I was a Visiting Professor at Shanxi Agricultural University in China.

I was elected an Honorary Life Member of the International Congresses of Entomology in Orlando in 2016.


I am currently focusing on co-editing a book "An important and victorius science: the International Congresses of Entomology covering the period 1910 to 2016, with international authors covering the individual congresses.  My research interests are in feeding, reproductive behaviour and ecology in insects and mites.  Currently my main interests involve ecosystem services provided by dung beetles and their application to agriculture in Australia.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Entomology, ScD, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 21 Jul 2001

Entomology, PhD, University of New England

Award Date: 12 Apr 1975

Entomology, MSc, University of New England

Award Date: 19 Apr 1969

Entomology, BA, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 27 Jun 1964


External positions

Hon Fellow CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO - Land and Water

3 Feb 2006 → …

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Entomology
  • Ecology
  • Behaviour
  • Reproduction
  • Economics of research


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