Celia Symonds
Planetary Biodiversity Inventory: Plant Bugs
Celia Symonds Celia Symonds, BSc (Hons)

Research Assistant
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052

PBI Role Professional Experience Personal Statement

I obtained my Honours with the project, working on the systematics of a group of Australian Orthotylinae that inhabit native Australian Cypress Pine species.

I first started working at the Australian Museum in the Entomology Division on a casual basis after completing my BSc and worked on the sorting and identification of Diptera (Flies) samples collected as part of various biodiversity surveys. I have also worked more recently on taxonomic revisions of Australian earwigs (Dermaptera). Since graduating from university I have also worked in environmental planning and management for bush regeneration and stream restoration projects, and developing plans for the management and conservation of natural areas. I am currently working at the Australian Museum as a research assistant part time whilst undertaking my Honours degree.

I am interested in landscape rehabilitation and interactions between insects and plants in the Australian environment. This project will allow me to not only learn about mirids but also the plants that they live on, which may hopefully down the track lead to better understanding of the relationships between these bugs and the plants they inhabit.

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