Rodent experts

Grant Singleton


Dr. Grant Singleton is a wildlife ecologist specializing in the biology and management of rodent pests. He has over 20 years of experience working on integrated pest management in agricultural systems. Since September 2005, he has been the coordinator of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) based at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, coordinating research in 9 Asian countries on natural resource management of intensive rice production in the irrigated lowlands. Before joining the IRRC, he was the leader of the CSIRO Australia Rodent Research Group and co-led research on biological control of mice. He has led research on ecologicaly based rodent management in Asia since 1995. Dr. Singleton has published more than 150 scientific paper and book chapters, and contributed to over 40 conference proceedings. He is the lead author of three books.

Nyo Me Htwe


Dr. Nyo Me Htwe is a PhD rodent ecology graduate of the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, USA, and a former scholar of the  International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Her PhD dissertation focused on rodent management strategies for different species of rice field rats in Southeast Asia. She received her master's degree in 2006 from the Yezin Agriculture University in Myanmar, with her thesis on the relationship between rodent abundance, damage, and yield loss in Myanmar. She studied the impacts of rodent outbreaks throughout Chin State in Myanmar in 2007-08, which were believed to be the most serious in 50 years. Caused by the Rattus rattus species, outbreaks erupted 2 months after bamboo flowering. At IRRI, Dr. Htwe studied the biology and population dynamics of Rattus tanezumi and Rattus argentiventer in two provinces in the Philippines as a basis to develop ecologically based rodent management. She also studied the factors that influence the development of high population growth rates of rice field rat populations in the Philippines and Myanmar to develop proactive strategies to prevent high rodent population densities. She is now working at the Plant  Protection Division of the Department of Agriculture in Myanmar, with research on ecologically based rodent management.

Ken Aplin


Dr. Ken Aplin is a taxonomist for the Australian Wildlife Collection, where he documents the present and past diversity of mammals and reptiles in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Region. Outside Australia, he studies the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of the rodent fauna of Southeast Asia. In 2000, he joined CSIRO Australia Sustainable Ecosystems and assisted the Rodent Research Group in their field programs in Southeast Asia. Dr. Aplin has since then carried out research in Bangladesh, Northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea. In recognition of his contribution to Australasian zoology, Dr. Aplin has two mammals and one reptile named after him.

Steve Belmain


Dr. Steve Belmain is an applied ecologist with over 10 years experience working with communities and scientists in Asian and African countries, providing PhD supervision, capacity-building, and on-the-job training. His research interests include small mammal ecology, particularly ecologically based rodent management. He leads multidisciplinary projects such as Ratzooman (on zoonoses) and Ecorat (on agricultural problems). He is also interested in insect-plant interactions, stored product and timber entomology, and ethnobotanicals. Dr. Belmain has written/co-written over 50 publications in scientific journals. He works at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, UK.

Peter Brown


Dr. Peter Brown is an ecologist with Australia's CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. His strong background in ecology of vertebrate pests in agricultural systems helps him as he works to strengthen natural resource management decision in Australia and Southeast Asia through participatory research with rural communities. Dr. Brown has led eight major large-scale ecological research projects in Australia and in SE Asia, and has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal papers, books and book chapters, and technical/consultancy reports.

Lyn Hinds


Dr. Lyn Hinds is a reproductive physiologist with broad skills in molecular biology of mammals. She has over 15 years experience working on rodents. Dr. Hinds has worked on house mice in Australia, Brandt's vole in China, and the ricefield rat in Indonesia. She is currently a lead researcher on an international project focusing on the fertility control of rodents in agricultural crops. Dr. Hinds joined CSIRO Australia in 1977 and is also internationally renowned for her work on the reproductive physiology of wallabies and kangaroos. In 1998, she received the the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales Whitley Award for Best Multiple Authored Work for the publication Marsupial Biology: Recent Research, New Perspectives.

Charles Krebs


Professor Charles Krebs is Emeritus Profesor of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada, and is currently an adjunct Professor at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia. A world leader in small mammal ecology, hee has published 14 books and over 245 scientific publications. His book Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (now in its 5th edition) is a textbook used worldwide to teach ecology. Prof. Krebs has many international awards including "Lifetime recognition of excellence," International Conference for Rodent Biology and Management. He has worked for 50 years on the population dynamics of small mammals, including 35 years on the community dynamics of the boreal forest of the southern Yukon. Since 1991, Prof. Krebs has become involved in the biology and management of house mice in Australia and rats in Asia. In 2003, 2007, and 2009, he assisted with the teaching of a course on rodent ecology and management at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.

Bastiaan Meerburg

Dr. Bastiaan G. Meerburg (1978) studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University and obtained his PhD in 2006 at the University of Amsterdam (Faculty of Medicine). He currently works at Plant Research International B.V. (part of Wageningen University and Research Centre) in the Netherlands. His main focus are rodents in the agricultural context, and especially the pathogens they can transmit to livestock and humans. Being a generalist however, he also works on the reduction/prevention of harvest losses (by proper rodent management), the ethics of rodent control and rodenticide resistance. He has authored or co-authored 25 scientific articles and is member of the editorial board of Lutra, the scientific journal of the Dutch Mammal Society. Moreover, he was appointed as special advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning & the Environment on rodent pests. Dr. Meerburg is also involved in the professional training of pest controllers in the Netherlands.

Wendy Ruscoe


Dr. Wendy Ruscoe is a wildlife ecologist at Landcare Research in New Zealand. Dr. Ruscoe started her career working on the canefield rat, a native agricultural pest species, in Queensland, Australia, but now works on the ecology and impacts of rodents in New Zealand. She currently leads several research projects involving the quantification of damage done by invasive animals (including rodents) to native flora and fauna. Her other interests include understanding the interactions among multiple species and quantifying the effects of single species pest control.

Roger Pech


Dr. Roger Pech is a principal scientist at Landcare Research in New Zealand. His research interests are multi-species pest management, the impacts of invasive mammals on biodiversity, and the management of outbreaking species of small mammals. His work on rodents includes the population dynamics of house mice in agricultural areas of south-eastern Australia, Brandt’s voles in grasslands of Inner Mongolia, and rats and mice in forest and dryland ecosystems in New Zealand.

Bill Breed


Dr. William "Bill" Breed works at The University of Adelaide on various aspects of reproductive biology of native rodents, and in particular on members of the Australo-Papuan Old Endemic group. He mainly uses morphological techniques, especially electron microscopy, and largely focuses on the structure of their sperm and eggs together with the changes that take place at the time of fertilisation. He is particularly interested in evolution of form and the selective processes involved in the bringing about the diversity that exists. Apart from species in Australia, his studies have also extended to those occurring in South East Asia and Africa.

Jack Millar


Dr. Jack Millar is a professor of zoology in the Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is a small mammal ecologist with a special interest in the demography of mice and voles in northern environments where opportunities for reproduction are constrained by short summer seasons, and the persistence of populations depends on high survival and the longevity of individuals. His research on such populations over the past 40 years, primarily in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada,  has produced over 50 graduate student theses and over 150 journal publications, as well as symposia contributions and book chapters. He also served as the chair of his department for 10 years and has served other administrative positions within the University, as well as at the provincial and national levels. His favorite "other" activity  is teaching field courses to undergraduate students.

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