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John Nielsen

My work as national vector coordinator focuses on managing mosquito vector risks at First Points of Entry into Australia. This requires sound understanding of both endemic and exotic mosquito vector taxonomy and diagnostics. As part of this work, I use my experience as a biosecurity diagnostician to verify the identity of suspected exotic mosquitoes detected through biosecurity work. I also use my interest in the taxonomy and biogeography of the swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae) to aid biosecurity diagnostics, including for the invasive Lime Swallowtail complex (Papilio demoleus).

John's work profile

John works in the following sector(s): Other government agency

John's primary institution is: Department of Agriculture, Water & the Environment

John's position is: National Mosquito Vector Coordinator

John's work in taxonomy 

John has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Information Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

John's skills are in Species delimitation, Classification, Biodiversity informatics, Nomenclature, Imaging

John works on the taxonomy of Animals, Insects, Lepidoptera, Flies, Diptera, Mosquitoes, Culicidae, Aedes, Culex, Toxorhynchites, Ghost moths, Hepialoidea, Hepialidae, Butterflies, Papilionoidea, Swallowtail butterflies, Swallowtails, Papilionidae

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John is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

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