Sydney
                  University Department of Medical Entomology Medical
                  Entomology
Dr. Cameron Webb
Qualifications:

PhD (University of Sydney)
BSc. Hons. (Macquarie University)

Position:

Hospital Scientist (Westmead Hospital)
Clinical Lecturer (University of Sydney)

E-mail: cameron.webb@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: + 61 2 9845 7548
Current Projects:

i. Risk assessment and management of mosquito populations and mosquito-borne disease associated with constructed and rehabilitated wetlands in coastal and inland NSW.

ii. Investigations into novel mosquito repellents and assessment of commercial repellent formulations for communication in personal protection strategy for the prevention of mosquito-borne disease

ii. Investigations into the ecological role of mosquitoes in coastal wetland ecosystems

  Websites:

Wetland Field Guide. Learn about some of the interesting study sites where Dr Webb has conducted field work http://wetlandfieldguide.tumblr.com/

@mozziebites Follow Dr Webb on Twitter and keep up to date on medical entomology in the scientific literature and in the media as well as interesting observations during field and laboratory research. http://www.twitter.com/mozziebites

Linkedin. Make a connection with Dr Webb via his profile on Linkedin


Current projects and services provided

Cameron is currently working on a range of projects designed to assess the change in pest and vector mosquito populations associated with constructed and rehabilitated estuarine and freshwater wetlands in coastal NSW. In conjunction with local authorities, Cameron has undertaken mosquito risk assessments of constructed and rehabilitated wetlands as well as proposed residential and recreational developments in coastal regions. These services (including Mosquito Risk Assessments, the development of Mosquito Management Strategies and/or Mosquito Monitoring Programs) are offered by the Department of Medical Entomology on a consultancy basis, please contact Cameron for more details.

Through the University of Sydney, and in conjunction with Prof. Richard Russell, Cameron can provide supervision for postrgraduate research. Of particular interest is the role of mosquitoes in wetland ecosystems, pest and vector mosquitoes associated urban water management strategies, assessing public health risks associated with urban development in coastal NSW and emerging mosquito and mosquito-borne disease risks associated with predicted climate change.

Cameron has a keen interest in mosquito repellent technologies as well as the communication of effective personal protection strategies to minimise mosquito-borne disease. In 2011, Cameron compiled some guidelines for mosquito repellent use that can be downloaded for free here.

Cameron has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as regularly giving talks to community and professional groups.

Experience

After completing my BSc (Hons) at Macquarie University, I was awarded a research scholarship with the Department of Medical Entomology & University of Sydney to investigate the ecology of pest mosquito populations associated with the estuarine wetlands of Homebush Bay. These investigations were undertaken with a view to assisting the then Olympic Co-Ordination Authority (now Sydney Olympic Park Authority) to better manage the pest mosquitoes.

The findings of my PhD formed the basis of the mosquito treatment and monitoring program at Sydney Olympic Park established in 1998 and has resulted in the successful reduction of mosquito populations during the summer months. Continuing the long association with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, I have given lectures at and co-ordinated workshops as part of their Wetlands Education and Training Program, a program that attracts attendees from local, state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector, to better understand the complexities of wetland management.

In 2002, I was employed as a Hospital Scientist with Western Sydney Area Health Service (now Sydney West Area Health Service) to provide professional advice on a consultancy basis with local, state and federal governments, wetland management authorities, engineers, developers and private industry regarding mosquito management and control. In this position, I have undertaken Mosquito Risk Assessments for wetland and residential developments, laboratory assessments of mosquito repellents, field based trials of new mosquito trapping technologies, continue research into better mosquito management strategies in natural and constructed wetlands and provided expert entomological advice to a wide cross-section of the community.

In 2005, I was commissioned to develop a mosquito management plan by NSW Premier's Department for the Hunter and Mid North coast region of NSW. The plan was developed in conjunction with five local councils, state and federal government agencies and was official endorsed by all relevant organisations in 2006 with the formation of the "Living With Mosquitoes" focus group. The plan has subsequently been adopted by a group of local and state authorities for the Central Coast region. On the basis of my experience with these management strategies, I was engaged by Byron Shire Council in 2011 to develop a comprehensive mosquito management plan for their local area to guide mosquito management, urban development and community education programs.

I have been called upon to co-ordinate and assist workshops and training courses on various aspects of mosquito and mosquito-borne disease management including courses conducted by NSW Health, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), Environmental Health Australia and the Mosquito Control Association.

In 2007, I was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. In this position I have given lectures in a range of courses and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research students including collaborative projects with the University of Western Sydney and the Australian Catholic University. This position was renewed for a further three years in June 2010.

 

Publications

Webb C.E. and Russell R.C. (2011) Do wrist bands impregnated with botanical extracts assist in repelling mosquitoes? General and Applied Entomology [in press]

Nur Faeza A Kassim, Webb C.E. and Richard C Russell (2011) Culex molestus Forskal (Diptera: Culicidae) in Australia: colonisation, stenogamy, autogeny, oviposition and larval development. Australian Journal of Entomology [in press]

Webb C.E. and Russell R.C. (2011) Advice to travellers on topical insect repellent use against dengue mosquitoes in Far North Queensland, Australia. Journal of Travel Medicine 18: 282-283

Webb C.E. (2011) Observations on the foraging behaviour of the introduced honeybee Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) on the saltmarsh plant Sarcocornia quinqueflora at Sydney Olympic Park. Australian Zoologist 35: 884-887

Maguranyi, S.K., Webb, C.E., Mansfield, S and Russell, R.C. (2009) Are commercially available essential oils from Australian native plants repellent to mosquitoes? Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 25: 292-300.

Thomas, J., Webb C.E., Narkowicz, C., Jacobson, G.A., Peterson, G.M., Davies, N.W. and Russell, R.C. (2009) Evaluation of repellent properties of volatile extracts from the Australian native plant Kunzea ambigua against Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 46: 1387-1391.

Jansen, C.C. Cameron E. Webb, Glenn C. Graham, Scott B. Craig, Paul Zborowski, Scott A. Ritchie, Richard C. Russell, and Andrew F. van den Hurk (2009). Blood Sources of Mosquitoes Collected from Urban and Peri-Urban Environments in Eastern Australia with Species-Specific Molecular Analysis of Avian Blood Meals. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygine, 81: 849-857

Jansen, C.C., Prow, N.A., Webb, C.E., Hall, R.A., Pyke, A.T., Harrower, B.J., Pritchard, I.L., Zborowski, P., Ritchie, S.A., Russell, R.C. and van den Hurk, A.F. (2009) Arboviruses isolated from mosquitoes collected from urban and periurban areas of eastern Australia. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 25: 272-278.

Webb, C.E, Prichard, G., Plumb, G. and Russell, R.C. (2009) How does legislation influence mosquito-borne disease management in New South Wales? Arbovirus Research in Australia, 10: 178-182

Webb C.E. and Russell, R.C. (2009) Insect repellents and sunscreen: implications for personal protection strategies against mosquito-borne disease. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33: 485-490.

Webb C.E. and Russell, R.C. (2009) A laboratory investigation of the mosquito control potential of the monomolecular film Aquatain mosquito formula against immature stages of Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus. Journal of the American mosquito Control Association, 25: 106-109.

Jansen, C.C., Webb C.E., Northill, J.A., Van Den Hurk, A.F., Russell R.C. and Ritchie, S.A. (2008) Vector Competence of Australian mosquito species for a North American strain of West Nile virus. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 8: 805-811

Webb C.E. and Russell, R.C. (2008) Mosquitoes of Centennial Park. General and Applied Entomology 37: 31-33.

Ewald, B., Webb C.E., Durrheim, D. and Russell, R.C. (2008) Is there a risk of malaria transmission in NSW? NSW Public Health Bulletin 19: 7-8.

Webb C.E., Doggett S.L., Ritchie, S.A. and Russell R.C. (2008) Vector competence of three Australian mosquitoes, Verrallina carmenti, Verrallina lineata and Mansonia septempunctata (Diptera: Culicidae) for Ross River virus. Journal of Medical Entomology 45: 737-740

Webb C.E. and Russell R.C. (2007) Is the extract from the plant Catmint (Nepeta cataria) repellent to mosquitoes in Australia? Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 23: 351-354.

Williams, C.R., Long, S.A., Webb, C.E., Bitzhenner, M., Geier, M., Russell, R.C. and Ritchie, S.A. (2007). Aedes aegypti population sampling using BG-Sentinel traps in north Queensland Australia: statistical considerations for trap deployment and sampling strategy. Journal of Medical Entomology 44: 345-350.

Spokes, P., Doggett, S.L. and Webb, C.E. (2007) Bug Breakfast in Bulletin: Ross River virus. NSW Public Health Bulletin 18: 63-64

Russell, R.C., Webb C.E., Williams C.R. and Ritchie S.A. (2005) Mark-release-recapture study to measure dispersal of the mosquito Aedes aegypti in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 19:451-457.

Russell, R.C., Webb C.E. and Davies, N. (2005) Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes polynesiensis Marks in Moorea, French Polynesia: adult population structures and pathogen (Wuchereria bancrofti and Dirofilaria immitis) infection rates indicate regional and seasonal epidemiological risk for dengue and filariasis. Journal of Medical Entomology 42:1045-1056.

Willems, K.J., Webb, C. E. and Russell, R.C. (2005) Tadpoles of four common Australian frogs are not effective predators of the common pest and vector mosquito Culex annulrostris Skuse. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 21: 492-494.

Willems, K.J., Webb, C. E. and Russell, R.C. (2005) A comparison of mosquito predation by the fish Pseudomugil signifer Kner and Gambusia holbrooki (Girard) in laboratory trials. Journal of Vector Ecology 30: 87-90.

Webb, C.E., Willems, K.J. and Russell, R.C. (2004). The response of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) from the Sydney region of New South Wales to light traps baited with carbon dioxide and octenol. General and Applied Entomology 33: 69-73.

Ritchie, S.A., Long S., Hart A., Webb, C.E. and Russell, R.C. (2003) An adulticidal sticky ovitraps for sampling container-breeding mosquitoes. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 19: 235-242.

Webb C.E. and Russell R.C. (2001). Do we spray? Did it work? Indices for control of Aedes vigilax larvae in Homebush Bay. Arbovirus Research in Australia, 8: 387-390.

Webb C.E., Doggett S.L., Willems K.J., Russell R.C., Clancy J.C. and Geary, M.J. (2001). Mosquito species recorded from the Sydney Basin Region of NSW. Arbovirus Research in Australia, 8: 391-394.

Willems K.J., Webb C.E. and Russell R.C. (2001). Frog friendly mosquito management for Homebush Bay, Sydney. Arbovirus Research in Australia, 8: 355.

Webb C.E., Oliver I. & Pik A.J. (2000) Does coastal foredune stabilization with Ammophila arenaria restore plant and arthropod communities in southeastern Australia? Restoration Ecology, 8: 283-288.

Webb C.E and Russell R.C. (1999). Towards management of mosquitoes at Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. I. Seasonal activity and relative abundance of adults of Aedes vigilax, Culex sitiens, and other salt-marsh species, 1993-94 through 1997-98. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 15: 242-249.

Webb, C.E. and Russell, R.C. (1998). The dispersal of a mosquito arbovirus vector associated with the saline wetlands of Homebush Bay. Inoculum, 7: 5-6.

Webb, C. and Joss, J. (1997). Does predation by the fish Gambusia holbrooki (Atheriniformes: Poecillidae) contribute to declining frog populations? Australian Zoologist, 30: 316-326.

Webb, C.E. and Russell, R.C. (1997). Investigation of the mosquito fauna and larval habitats of the saline wetlands at the Olympic site, Homebush Bay, Sydney. Arbovirus Research in Australia, 7: 308-310.
 

Reports

A full list of technical reports is available on request.
 

Awards

Junior Investigator award winner 1997 (Westmead Hospital)

Hospital Week Research Presentation award winner 1997 (Westmead Hospital)

Junior Investigator award winner 1998 (Westmead Hospital)

Centre for Infectious Disease and Microbiology travel award winner 2001 (Westmead Hospital)


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