Jerome Buhl

Dr Jerome Buhl

ARC Future Fellow - Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Jerome Buhl is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Protection the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. He combines lab and field experiments with computational biology and field robotics to study insect collective behaviour and its application to agriculture and pest control.

Current research projects - Insect Collective Behaviour

Locust collective movement

To develop a better understanding of locust collective movement, we are combining lab and field experiments (which involve innovative techniques such as tracking individuals with a UAV) with computer simulations, which allow us to simulate up to millions of locusts using CUDA (parrallel computation on graphic cards). Ultimately, our goal is to build a model that will provide control operations with a better knowledge of band movement and trajectories so that improved methods such as barrier spraying can be optimized.

Collective nutrition in social insects

Nutrition is at the centre of most collective behaviour phenomena. In social insects such as ants and termites, foraging is handled by a sub-group of workers who not only have to fulfil their own nutritional requirements but also provide the rest of the colony with the nutrients they require. How does the information pertaining to the nutritional state of the colony flows and how do workers adapt their foraging strategies in order to achieve efficient communal nutrition? We will tackle these questions using a combination of lab experiments, tracking nutrients with fluorescent dies and individuals with miniature barcodes, and computer simulations implementing the behaviour and nutritional processes as well as their evolution.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2016 ARC Future Fellow University of Sydney
    2006 - 2012 Postdoctoral fellow University of Sydney
    2005 - 2006 Postdoctoral fellow University of Oxford
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Fellowship ARC Future Fellowship Australian Research Council Australia $652,148
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2004 Paul Sabatier University France PhD
    1999 - 2000 Paul Sabatier University France Master of Research, Biology
    1996 - 1999 Louis Pasteur University France Licence+Maitrise of Biology
  • Research Interests







ARC Discovery Projects



A/Prof Ashley Ward ; A/Prof Mary Myerscough ; Prof Dr Jens Krause ; Dr Jerome Buhl


Leadership matters: the emergence of informed leaders and their influence on group movement


ARC Future Fellowship



Dr Jerome Buhl


From individuals to mass organisation: aggregation, synchronisation and collective movement in locusts


ARC Linkage Projects



Prof Stephen Simpson ; Prof Edward Holmes ; Dr Jerome Buhl ; Prof Kenneth Wilson ; Dr James Woodman


Making Green Guard® greener: enhancing the efficacy of a biopesticide



- Foundations in Animal Behaviour II: course coordinator and lecturer

- Plant Health III & A: course coordinator and lecturer

- Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II: lecturer


  • Position: ARC Future Fellow - Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130951
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Waite, floor 1
  • Room: 1 16a
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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