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Recent PhD completion: Sabira Sultana

Sabira Sultana

Macquarie University

Accepted July 2020

"What does climate change mean for the ecology, invasiveness and management of fruit flies in Australia?"

Sabira (Dina) Sultana developed high level skills in the development of techniques to manage native and exotic horticultural insect pests in Australia. The outcomes of her research are already contributing to reducing losses in production and trade of horticultural crops due to harmful insect pests, in an environment with rising concerns about food safety, quality and biodiversity in Australia. During her PhD, she published two scientific papers in high ranked international peer-reviewed journals (Scientific ReportsandPLoS One). To support her research, Sabira received a competitive International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES) with merit-based top-up scholarship funded by Hort Innovation. Her research project was affiliated with the Project ‘Raising Queensland Fruit Fly Sterile Insect Techniques to World Standard (HG14033)’, funded by the Hort Frontiers Fruit Fly Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from Macquarie University and contributions from the Australian Government.

Currently Sabira is appointed as a faculty member in the Department of Zoology (Fisheries and Limnology), Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a Faculty member of the Zoology Department, she worked on and supervised a range of different projects. Now Sabira focus on climate change, species distribution modelling, aquatic biodiversity and distributions of invasive aquatic species.