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Dr Brendan Trewin

Senior Research Scientist


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Dr Brendan Trewin has worked as a medical entomologist since 2009, specializing in mosquito spatial ecology, statistical modelling and genetics. He is a senior research scientist at the CSIRO developing innovative mosquito control and vector-borne disease prevention technologies. Dr Trewin was part of the Debug Innisfail team that successfully suppressed a number of Aedes aegypti populations in north Queensland using sterile insect technology. He is currently working with a number of collaborators including James Cook University and local indigenous communities to eliminate populations of invasive mosquitoes in the Torres Strait.

Dr Trewin finished his PhD in 2018 on the risk that Ae. aegypti will re-establish in Brisbane through the large number of rainwater tanks now present in the region. Dr Trewin has successfully demonstrated his ability to engage and communicate with the public, local communities/council groups, external stakeholders and senior management. He has an interest in applying science that originates from the combination of field data with predictive models, to better understand the ecology of disease vectors and their impacts on society. Dr Trewin has developed and implemented novel research that has improved health outcomes for Australian communities.

Achievements and Awards

  • --2021

    Innovation and Science Excellence Award
    CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

  • --2021

    Outstanding Collaboration Award
    CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Disease and Vector Suppression Technologies

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Bachelor of Science (Honours 1) Marine Science and Genetics
    University of Queensland

  • 2018

    Doctor of Philosophy (Invasive Species Biology)
    University of Queensland


  • 2017-2019

    Mosquito and Arbovirus Research Committee Seed Funding

  • 2020-2022

    University of Newcastle: Mosquito Grand Challenge Prize

  • 2022-2025

    NHMRC - Ideas Grant - Mosquito Incompatible Insect Technologies

  • 2022-2025

    NHMRC 2012404 - Removing mosquito populations by releasing incompatible males: a species-specific biocontrol for urban arbovirus vectors

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-2022

    Member: Mosquito Control Association of Australia

  • 2021-2021

    Membership Committee Member: Mosquito Control Association of Australia

  • 2017-2022

    Member: Entomological Society of Queensland

  • 2021-2022

    Committee Member: Entomological Society of Queensland

  • 2018-2022

    Subject Editor - Bulletin of Entomological Research

  • 2016-2020

    Member: Entomological Society of America

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