Accepted August 2020
"The behaviour of the Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Diptera: Tephritidae), and its implications for improving integrated pest management using the sterile insect technique"
Jess sought to improve applications of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), a tool to manage pest populations of the Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) in Australia, by investigating the effects of domestication and sterilisation on the behaviour of mass-reared flies. A series of studies were conducted to observe their diurnal distribution and mating behaviour in tree canopies, hydric stress tolerance, and aggressive behaviours. His findings noted several behavioural differenced between wild and sterile flies that likely hinder SIT efforts, and his thesis discussed avenues to rectify these differences.
Currently, Jess is appointed as an Entomologist with the Hawaii Department of Health where he hopes to make an impact with area-wide mosquito control.