James Ridsdill-Smith (Australia), born in 1942. University studies at Cambridge, UK and New England in New South Wales, Australia. Applied entomology research for CSIRO Entomology in Australia 1964-2006 on the biology and ecology of insects, and evaluating economic benefits from agricultural research. Includes root-feeding pasture scarabs, scarabaeine dung beetles, redlegged earth mite in pasture, and plant resistance mechanisms for mites on clover, for aphids and budworms feeding on grain legumes.
He has published over 140 papers in refereed journals, refereed conference papers, book chapters and two edited books. Dr. Ridsdill-Smith was a founding member of the Australian Entomological Society, has served as Vice-President and was President when ICE2004 was held in Brisbane, Australia. He has been a member of the Council of the International Congresses of Entomology since 2004 and Secretary General since 2008. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, was awarded a Doctor of Science degree, and the Amos W Howard medal and oration for his research on pasture insects.
Currently he is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, and Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.