arboreal insect defoliation bullseye borer forest health forest insects gumleaf skeletonizer lerps Phoracantha acanthocera psyllids rural tree decline tree canopy insects Uraba lugens


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+61 8 9771 7985

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Brain Street, Manjimup WA 6258, Australia
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Locked Bag 2, Manjimup WA 6258, Australia

Profile

I am currently a Research Scientist in the Science Division of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. In this role I work mainly in Sustainable Forest Management as a Forest Entomologist. My work involves studying insects of relevance (both of economic and ecological importance) mainly to the Jarrah and Karri forests in the south west of Western Australia plus advisory work in relation to pine and eucalypt plantations.

My specialties include insect/host plant interrelations, rural tree decline, and forest insect biodiversity.


Expertise

  • Insect/ host plant interactions
  • Rural tree decline insect interactions
  • Ecology of the pest insect gum leaf skeletonizer (Uraba lugens) on Jarrah
  • Ecology of Cardiaspina jerramungae on flat-topped yate
  • Ecology of Bulls eye borer (Phoracantha acanthocera) in Karri

Brief CV

Academic qualifications

a.Undergraduate

Faculty of Agricultural Science, Adelaide University . Awarded BAgSc 1979.

Faculty of Agricultural Science, Adelaide University (Waite Agricultural Research Institute). Awarded BAgSc (Hons) 1980.

b. Postgraduate

Faculty of Agricultural Science, Adelaide University (Waite Agricultural Research Institute). Awarded PhD 1986.

Positions Held

1987 Research Associate, Tsukuba Forestry and Forests Products Institute, Tsukuba, Japan with Dr T. Ikeda.

1988 - current Research Scientist, Department of Conservation and Land Management Western Australia

Research Experience

(i) Honours thesis: "The amino acid nutrition of Uraba lugens Walk. on artificial diets."

(ii) PhD thesis: "The performance of Uraba lugens Walk. in relation to nitrogen and phenolics in its food." The food plant Eucalyptus camaldulensis was analysed for total free amino acids, total digestible nitrogen and total phenols. This was used to test the hypothesis that water stress increased survival of first instars leading to population outbreak due to increased nitrogen in the food plant.

(iii) Research associate, Tsukuba, Japan Extraction and bioassay of kairomones present in Shiitake mushroom which attracts a number of pest species.

(iv) Research Scientist, Department of Conservation and Land Management

Since 1988 my research has been in the following areas: Investigation into the outbreak of Cardiaspina jerramungae on remnant flat-topped yate in the Lower great Southern of Western Australia.

Investigation into the outbreak of gum leaf skeletonizer (Uraba lugens) on jarrah in the southern jarrah forest.

Study of the ecology of bulls eye borer in Karri.


Projects

  • FORESTCHECK, monitoring invertebrate biodiversity in the Jarrah forest
  • Walpole Fire Mosaic, the effects of fine grain fire mosaics on invertebrate biodiversity
  • Bushfire CRC, the effect of wildfire on ground beetle assemblages
  • Forest Health Surveillance: development of a forest health surveillance monitoring program for Western Australia. Currently this involves the insect pest gum leaf skeletoniser and monitoring its population levels in the southern jarrah forest.

Publications (92)

Departmental Publications (92)

Found 92 items

2017

Farr JD (2017). Cardiaspina fiscella (the brown lace lerp, Hemiptera: Psyllidae) in Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 100, pp. 4–8

2014

Farr JD, Wills AJ (2014). Common insect pests of Western Australia's southern jarrah forests (POSTER). 1 p.

Farr JD, Wills AJ (2014). Gumleaf skeletonizer (GLS) monitoring using pheromone baited moth traps 2011-2014. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 27 p.

2013

Farr J (2013). Invertebrate of the month, February 2013: lace bugs. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 1 p.

Farr J (2013). Notes for Cardiaspina fiscella (the brown lace lerp psyllid, Hemiptera: Psyllidae) on eucalypts in Western Australia. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 4 p.

Wills AJ, van Heurck PF, Farr JD (2013). Persistence of velvet worms (Onychophora: Peripatopsidae): effects of fire and climate in forests of south-west Western Australia.Poster presented at the Australian Entomological Society 44th AGM & Scientific Conference, 29 September-2nd October 2013, Invertebrates in extreme environments.

2012

Farr J (2012). Gumleaf skeletonizer: a defoliator of jarrah. Landscope 28(2), pp. 50–53

Farr J (2012). Invertebrate of the month, February-March 2012: poo protection. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J, Wills A (2012). FORESTCHECK: response of macro-invertebrates to silviculture in jarrah forest. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 56/2012, 2 p.

Farr J, Wills A (2012). Gumleaf skeletonizer (Uraba lugens) outbreak, February 2010: preliminary survey of the extent and severity of gumleaf skeletonizer outbreak in Warren region, February 2010. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 11 p.

Farr JD, Wills AJ (2012). Field testing Desire® Delta trap and GLS sex pheromone lure system for measuring outbreak and basal populations of Uraba lugens Walker (Lepidotera: Nolidae). Australian Journal of Forestry 75, pp. 175–179

2011

Farr J (2011). Invertebrate of the month, April 2011: Synemon nupta. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2011). Invertebrate of the month, August 2011: ghost moth, Aenetus scriptus. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2011). Invertebrate of the month, February 2011: Uraba lugens, pt 2. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2011). Invertebrate of the month, June 2011: bird of paradise fly, Callipappus sp. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2011). Invertebrate of the month, March 2011: Uraba lugens, pt 3. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr JD, Wills AJ, van Heurck PF, Mellican AE, Williams MR (2011). FORESTCHECK: the response of macro-invertebrates to silviculture in jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest. Australian Forestry 74, pp. 315–327

Wittkuhn RS, McCaw L, Wills AJ, Robinson R, Andersen AN, van Heurck P et al. [Farr J, Liddelow G, Cranfield R] (2011). Impacts of variation in fire interval sequences on species richness and composition (ABSTRACT). In Western Australian Bushfire Research Forum 2011, 12 and 13 October 2011: Book of Abstracts p. 16

Wittkuhn RS, McCaw L, Wills AJ, Robinson R, Andersen AN, van Heurck P et al. [Farr J, Liddelow G, Cranfield R] (2011). Variation in fire interval sequences has minimal effects on species richness and composition in fire-prone landscapes of south-west Western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 261, pp. 965–978

Wittkuhn RS, McCaw L, Wills AJ, Robinson R, Andersen AN, van Heurck P, Farr J, Liddelow G, Cranfield R, Burrows ND (2011). Resilience of open forests and shrublands to contrasting fire interval sequences in a Mediterranean environment of south-west Western Australia. In Wildfire 2011: the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, 9-13 May 2011, South Africa: Living with Fire: Addressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management: Sun City, South Africa, 9-13 May 2011 Conference Organising Committee, Sun City. pp. 1–11

2010

Farr J (2010). Bullseye borer (Phoracantha acanthocera) in karri. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 37/2010, 2 p.

Farr J (2010). Invertebrate of the month, April 2010: Polyzosteria sp. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2010). Invertebrate of the month, August 2010: Phoracantha semipunctata. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2010). Invertebrate of the month, December-January 2010-2011. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2010). Invertebrate of the month, March 2010: Phoracantha semipunctata. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2010). Invertebrate of the month, October-November 2010: Sorama bicolor. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J, Wills A (2010). Gumleaf skeletonizer (Uraba lugens) outbreak, February 2010: preliminary survey of the extent and severity of gumleaf skeletonizer outbreak in Warren region, February 2010. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 7 p.

Farr J, Wills A, van Heurck P, Mellican A, Williams M (2010). Response of invertebrates to timber harvesting and post-harvest burning in jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest in Mediterranean south-west Western Australia: findings from the FORESTCHECK monitoring project 2001-2006 (ABSTRACT). In Entomology For Australia’s Future, Perth 2010: Australian Entomological Society’s 41st AGM and Scientific Conference: Perth, September 26-30, 2010, The Vines Resort, Swan Valley, Western Australia p. 18

2009

Cranfield RJ (2009). Cryptogam of the month, September 2009 : Cladonia sulcata. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Gumleaf skeletoniser in the jarrah forest. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 12/2009, 2 p.

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, April 2009: Helena gum moth and parasites. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, August 2009: ancient spiders. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, Dec 2009-Jan 2010: Stigmodera gratiosa. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, February-March 2009: march flies (family Tabanidae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, January 2009: Carthaea saturnioides Walker (Lepidoptera: Carthaeidae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, July 2009: spider mother. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, June 2009: three-banded cross spider. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, November 2009: emerald chafers. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2009). Invertebrate of the month, September-October 2009: weevils. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Wittkuhn R, McCaw L, Phelan G, Farr J, Liddelow G, van Heurck P et al. [Wills A, Robinson R, Cranfield R, Fielder J, Dornan C] (2009). Assessing the effects of contrasting fire intervals on biodiversity at a landscape scale. In Fire, Environment and Society: From Research into Practice, Adelaide Convention Centre, 1-3 September 2008: the International Bushfire Research Conference Incorporating the 15th AFAC Conference: Conference Papers Bushfire CRC, Melbourne. pp. 482–493

Wittkuhn R, McCaw L, Robinson R, Farr J, van Heurck P, Wills A, Liddelow G, Cranfield R, Andersen A (2009). Planning fire intervals for biodiversity conservation. Poster presented at the AFAC09, Conference of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council and Bushfire CRC, Gold Coast, Qld, September 2009.

2008

Farr J (2008). FORESTCHECK: an invertebrate perspective. pp. 1–2

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, April 2008: light trapping. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, August 2008: pests of pests. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, June-July 2008: melolonthine chafers. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 1 p.

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, March 2008: cicada parasites. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, May 2008: bugs. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, November-December 2008: collembola. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2008). Invertebrate of the month, September-October 2008: pselaphid beetles. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Wittkuhn R, McCaw L, Phelan G, Farr J, Liddelow G, van Heurck P et al. [Wills A, Robinson R, Cranfield R, Fielder J, Dornan C] (2008). Assessing the effects of contrasting fire intervals on biodiversity at a landscape scale (ABSTRACT). In Fire, Environment and Society: From Research into Practice, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia, 1-3 September 2008: the International Bushfire Research Conference incorporating the 15th AFAC Conference: delegate handbook p. 18

2007

Farr J (2007). Adaptive ecosystem management: biodiversity studies [printout of PowerPoint presentation at Borers and Rots in Eucalypts Conference: Commercial Management Issues]. pp. 95–105

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, August 2007: velvet worms. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, December 2007: treehoppers. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, July 2007: native anthophorid bees. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, June 2007: Psychidae (case moths). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, March 2007: Pie-dish beetles, Coleoptera (subfamily Tenebrioninae: Tribe Heleini). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, May 2007: Aenetus dulcis female (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, November 2007: flower feeding flies. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J (2007). Invertebrate of the month, September 2007: small headed flies. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J, Harding D (2007). Invertebrate survey, Walpole, Mar 2007. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 1 CD-ROM

2006

Farr J (comp) (2006). Western Australia: pests. In Annual pest and disease status report for Australia and New Zealand, 2005/2006 Primary Industries Standing Committee, Canberra. pp. 29–37

2005

Robinson R, Farr J (comps) (2005). Western Australia. In Annual pest and disease status report for Australia and New Zealand, 2004/2005 Primary Industries Standing Committee, Canberra. pp. 45–55

2004

Farr JD, Swain D, Metcalf F (2004). Spatial analysis of an outbreak of Uraba lugens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in the southwest of Western Australia: does logging, vegetation type or fire influence outbreaks?. Australian Forestry 67, pp. 101–113

Robinson R, Farr J (comps) (2004). Western Australia. In Annual pest and disease status report for Australia and New Zealand, 2003/2004 Primary Industries Standing Committee, Canberra. pp. 33–41

2002

Farr J, Ward S (2002). Report on Monterey pine aphid (Essigella californica) monitoring in Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 22 p.

Farr JD (2002). Biology of the gumleaf skeletoniser, Uraba lugens Walker (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in the southern jarrah forest of Western Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology 41, pp. 60–69

2000

Farr J (2000). Essigella californica: Monterey pine aphid: a new pest of pines in Western Australia (PAMPHLET). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA.

Farr JD, Dick SG, Williams MR, Wheeler IB (2000). Incidence of bullseye borer (Phoracantha acanthocera, (Macleay) Cerambycidae) in 20-35 year old regrowth karri in the south west of Western Australia. Australian Forestry 63, pp. 107–123

1999

Farr J (1999). Flat-topped yate: what is rural tree decline?. Western Wildlife: Newsletter of the Land for Wildlife Scheme 3(3), pp. 10–11

1998

Robinson RM, Farr JD, Wallace JM (1998). Ground surveys to assess forest health: sampling strategies in regrowth native forests (ABSTRACT). In Abstracts: Forest Health Surveillance Workshop: Brisbane, 2nd November 1998 p. 1

Robinson RM, Farr JD, Wallace JM (1998). Ground surveys to assess forest health: sampling strategies in regrowth native forests: paper to Forest Health Surveillance Workshop, RWG-7 & 8, Brisbane 2/11/98. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 16 p.

1997

Farr J (1997). Insects in the garden. Landscope 12(4), pp. 28–35

Farr JD, Wheeler IB (1997). Sex determination in the bulls eye borer, Phoracantha acanthocera (Macleay) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). CALMScience 2, pp. 199–201

1992

Farr J (1992). Invertebrate fauna: introduction to insect ecology and pest dynamics. In The Jarrah Book: Proceedings of a Weekend Workshop at Perup Field Studies Centre Bridgetown-Greenbushes Friends of the Forest, Bridgetown. pp. 34–47

Farr J (1992). Lerps, bugs and gum-leaves. Landscope 8(1), pp. 50–53

Farr J (1992). Report on visit by Qiao Wang to the Department of CALM, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia, Research News 2/92, pp. 5–6

1991

Farr J, Dick S (1991). Have you seen this insect? (PAMPHLET). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Como, WA.

1990

Farr J (1990). GLS decline in southern jarrah. CALM News Apr, p. 4

Farr JD (1990). Gum leaf skeletonizer (Uraba lugens) in the southern jarrah forest of Western Australia. Tree Decline and Revegetation Newsletter 2, p. 10

1989

Farr JD (1989). A spondyalaspid infesting Eucalyptus occidentalis in the Western Australian wheatbelt. Tree Decline and Revegetation Newsletter 1, p. 11

Farr JD (1989). Gum leaf skeletonizer, Uraba lugens Walk. (Lepidoptera: Nolidae) in Western Australia. Tree Decline and Revegetation Newsletter 1, pp. 9–10

1988

Farr J (1988). Lerp outbreak causes concern. CALM News 4(43), p. 4

Farr J (1988). Uraba lugens in South Australia: biology and performance in relation to nitrogen nutrition (ABSTRACT). p. 5

[2007]

Farr J ([2007]). Invertebrate of the month, January-February: Neuroptera, family Mantispidae. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

[2006]

Farr J ([2006]). Insect of the month, May: moths, family Hepialidae (ghost moths). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, August: Rhadinosomus lacordaire Pascoe (Curculionidae: Aterpinae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, July: Gasteracantha minax Thorell (Araneomorphae: Araneidae). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, June: Epicoma melanostica (Don.), (Lepidoptera: family Thaumetopeidae). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, November: Carthaea saturnioides Walker (Lepidoptera: Carthaeidae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, October: Onthophagus ferox harold (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), the western dung beetle. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). Invertebrate of the month, September: Opodiphthera helena (White), (Lepidoptera: Saturnidae). Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. p. 1

Farr J ([2006]). March flies: family Tabanidae. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. p. 1