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Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy


Principal areas of expertise

  • Ecological basis of insect/weed/disease outbreaks/invasions (particularly in relation to different farming systems) and monitoring of pest populations. Pest (insect and weed) ecology. Field survey and assessment of impact of natural enemy communities and evaluation of species for biological control

Design and implementation of IPM projects based on biological control and host plant resistance. Training of agricultural/forestry extension workers. Teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate scientists in insect ecology and biological control.


  • Present: Co-ordinator, CABI Bioscience Invasive Species Programme (and India Programme).
  • 1997-2000: Co-ordinator, CABI Bioscience India Programme, CABI Bioscience UK Centre.
  • 1990-1997: Research Group Leader, Insects/Forestry, CABI Bioscience UK Centre.
  • 1983-1990: Research Scientist, CAB International Africa Regional Centre Kenya. Lead coffee insect biological control and IPM programme.
  • 1982-1983: Research Scientist, CAB International Regional Centre Trinidad.
  • 1980-1982: Research Fellow in Insect Ecology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.


  • BSc (Hons) Biology (Sussex) (1975)
  • PhD Zoology & Applied Entomology; Imperial College, University of London) (1980)

Personal details

  • British National
  • CAB International UK Centre (Ascot), Silwood Park, Buckhurst Road, Ascot, Berks SL5 7TA

Principal Publications

  • Kairo, M.T.K.; Murphy, S.T. (1999). Host age choice for oviposition in Pauesia juniperorum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) and its effect on the parasitoids' biology and host population growth. Biocontrol Science and Technology 9, 475-486.
  • Kairo, M.T.K.; Murphy S.T. (1999). Temperature and plant nutrient effects on the development, survival and reproduction of Cinara sp. nov., an invasive pest of cypress trees in Africa. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 92, 147-156.
  • Murphy S.T., Briscoe, B. (1999). The red palm weevil as an alien invasive: biology and the prospects for biological control as a component of IPM. Biocontrol, News and Information 30, 35-46.
  • Murphy S.T., LaSalle, J. (1999). Balancing biological control strategies in the IPM of New World invasive Liriomyza leafminers in field vegetables crops. Biocontrol News and Information 20, 91-104.
  • Murphy S.T. (1997) Coffee coccid pests In: Soft Scale Insects, their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. (Ed.: Ben-Dov, Y.). Elsevier Science Publishers, Chapter 3.3.14.
  • Murphy S.T. (1997) Protecting Africa's trees: status and actions for pest management in African Forestry. In: Proceedings of XI World Forestry Congress, 13-22 October 1997, Antalya, Turkey. Vol. A, pp 167-172.
  • Murphy S.T., Volkl, W. (1996) Population dynamics and foraging behaviour of Diaeretus leucopterus Haliday (Hymenoptera; Braconidae), and its potential for the biological control of pine damaging Eulachnus spp. (Homoptera; Aphididae). Bulletin of Entomological Research 86, 397-405.
  • Kairo, M.T.K.; Murphy, S.T. (1995). The life history of Rodoloia iceryae Janson (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and the potential for use in innoculative releases against Icerya pattersoni Newstead (Homoptera: Margarodidae) on coffee. Journal of Applied Entomology 119: 487-491.
  • Murphy, S.T.; Moore, D. (1990). Biological control of the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari) (Coleoptera, Scolytidae): previous programmes and possibilities for the future. Biocontrol News and Information 11, 107-117.



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