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I’m an entomologist, science communicator volunteer radio presenter and all round geek. I’ve been chasing all types of wildlife since I could walk. Although I never really thought I’d make a career out of it, I chose to study science at uni anyway and I’ve just followed my passion for biology ever since. I studied glow-worm biology for my honours project at the University of Queensland (UQ) working with Dr Dave Merritt and have just recently completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, where I worked with Professor Steve Simpson and Professor Greg Sword on the population genetics and behaviour of the Australian plague locust. Above all I love science communication and education and I have worked in several science education roles both at UQ and USYD.

I currently demonstrate in first year biology laboratory classes at USYD. I also work at the Marine Discovery Centre at Bondi Beach and I am a volunteer presenter on Diffusion Science Radio. When I’m not doing anything science related I like to paint, read, sing, go bushwalking, watch comedy or play games (board or video). I also dote on my pet diving beetle Sylvester (Family: Dytiscidae). 

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Above: Sylvester the diving beetle (Family: Dytiscidae)

baby locust
Above: Newly hatched locust (Chortoicetes termnifera).
Left: Nymphs of the Australian plague locust (C. terminifera).
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grasshopper Useful  Links weevil
Science education and entomology

Entomology Australia
Bugs Ed
Travelbugs Mobile Minibeasts
Australian Plague Locust Commission
CSIRO Education

Professional associations, colleagues and collaborators

Australain Science Communicators
The School of Biological Sciences, USYD
Marine Discovery Centre, Bondi
Steve Simpson
Greg Sword
Dave Merritt
Jerome Buhl
Ian Woolf


Chapuis, M.-P., Popple, J.-A., Simpson, S. J., Estoup, A., Martin, J.-F., Steinbauer, M., L., M. & Sword, G. A. 2008, Eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera. Molecular Ecology Resources. 8: 1414-141

Marie-Pierre Chapuis1,2, Julie-Anne Popple1, Karine Berthier, Martin J. Steinbauer, Stephen J. Simpson, Ted Deveson, Peter Spurgin & Gregory A. Sword. 2011, Challenges to assessing connectivity between massive populations of the Australian Plague locust. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2605).

Popular Media

“When is a grasshopper a locust?” Julie-Anne Popple, A short article written for Wildlife Australia magazine, 47(3), p.16

Above: Southeast QLD Glow-worm (Arachnocampa flava).
Below: Arachnocampa Girraweenensis larva.

All photos by J-A Popple, Except Top Left and Bottom Left: Dr G.A. Miller and Top Right: Stewart MacDonald