GLI attends 14th International Congress of Orthopterology

Global Locust Initiative

GLI team left to right: Dr. Rick Overson, Dr. Arianne Cease, PhD students Mehreen Tahir and Sydney Millerwise and GLI project coordinator Mira Ries

GLI attends 14th International Congress of Orthopterology

The 14th International Congress of Orthopterology was held in Mérida, Mexico on October 16-19, 2023. Over five days we heard from excellent plenary speakers from Mexico, Australia, the United States,

Moroccan locust outbreak in Afghanistan breadbasket

By Mira Ries In March 2023, for the first time in two decades, swarms of Moroccan locusts (Dociostaurus maroccanus) arrived in northern Afghanistan. Drought, excessive grazing, minimal early control efforts,

Globl Locust team members

2023 Symposium on Behavioral Plasticity

By Mira RiesThe 2023 Symposium on Behavioral Plasticity was hosted by the talented students of the Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI) on May 15th and 16th 2023 at the Baylor

A new special issue of the journal Agronomy

Agronomy special issue "Locust and Grasshopper Management: Environmental Impacts and New Perspectives" is now open for submission. For more information click here In many countries around the world, locusts and

Locust researchers represent at Entomological Society of America conference

The Global Locust Initiative Lab team attended the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting in Vancouver November 12–16th, 2022, along with a great showing of fellow locust and grasshopper researchers, many of whom are students recently brought into the fold of locust research through the Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI).

GLI participates in BPRI bootcamp

On May 20–21, 2022, Global Locust Initiative (GLI) team members traveled to Texas A&M University to participate in a successful launch event for the $12.5 million NSF-funded Biological Integration Institute: Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI).

Person riding motorcycle through masses of locusts.

Desert locust outbreak declared over by the United Nations -- What’s next?

The phenomenon of a desert locust outbreak has long struck fear in the hearts of farmers and pastoralists. Swarms that obscure the sun and stretch for kilometers, can easily devour the hopes of a plentiful harvest.

Meet Master of Sustainability Solutions student Emma Goethe

Student Focus Post by Emma Goethe — Global Locust Initiatve Emma is a Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) student in the School of Sustainability and College of Global Futures. She

Brown locust outbreak in southern Africa

Above-average rainfall across many parts of Southern Africa has allowed populations of the Brown Locust (Locustana pardalina) to skyrocket. Initial outbreaks started in 2020 in the eastern and south-eastern Karoo, the region endemic to the Brown Locust. The usually arid Karoo has transformed into a lush oasis, causing South African farmers to trade the hardship of drought for the task of managing the worst outbreak in the last ten years.

Comparing media coverage of desert locust outbreaks

Student Focus Post: Written by students from the Global Locust Initiative Lab to share their research and experience. My name is Maddie Magrino and I am a senior at ASU

New online community for the Global Locust Network reaches 100 members

At the beginning of 2021, the Global Locust Network launched an online professional community using a software called Mobilize. The platform functions like a “LinkedIn for locusts” where Network members

Global Locust Initiative hosts second stakeholder workshop on locust and grasshopper management: Australia edition

The Global Locust Initiative Lab hosted a virtual workshop on locust governance with Australian stakeholders on February 16-17, 2021. This workshop was part of a project supported by the Foundation