Dr Alistair Drake

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LOCATION

School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

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Dr Drake undertakes research on insect migration, especially by using special-purpose radars to observe migration in progress. He has a particular interest in radar entomology, and has co-authored a monograph on this topic and designed and built special-purpose entomological radar units. His biological investigations have focussed especially on the relation of migration to weather and atmospheric structure, the orientation behavour of insects undertaking migratory flight at heights of several hundred metres, the migrations of insect pests (including the use of radar in pest monitoring and forecasting), and the migration phenomenon as an example of integrative biology (with scope extending from molecular genetics through morphology, physiology and behaviour to ecology and evolution). These various interests are now encompassed by the novel discipline of aeroecology. Dr Drake has also published on more general aspects of applied ecology and insect pest management.

Dr Drake is retired but continuing his research in an honorary capacity. He is no longer taking students; however, any prospective student specifically interested in the above research topics is welcome to contact him for advice. Before retirement, his teaching was mainly in the fields of meteorology and general physics.

Books

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, Radar entomology. Observing insect flight and migration, CABI, Wallingford, UK

1995, Insect Migration, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cbo9780511470875

Book Chapters

Drake VA; Bruderer B, 2018, 'Aeroecological observation methods', in Aeroecology, pp. 201 - 237, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68576-2_9

Reynolds DR; Chapman JW; Drake VA, 2018, 'Riders on the wind: The aeroecology of insect migrants', in Aeroecology, pp. 145 - 178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68576-2_7

Drake VA; Chapman JW, 2017, 'Insect Migration', in Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.01248-6

Drake VA; Adriaansen C; Woodman JD; Deveson E, 2015, 'The Australian Plague Locust - Risk and Response', in Shroder JF; Sivanpillai R (ed.), Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 67 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-394847-2.00005-X

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Migrations of Pest and Beneficial Insects', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 312 - 346, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Regulatory and Safety Issues', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 427 - 431, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500019&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Calibration and Performance Monitoring', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 417 - 426, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500018&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Radar Principles', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 22 - 48, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Foraging Movements', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 347 - 375, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500015&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Radar Entomology Observing Insect Flight and Migration Introduction', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 1 - 12, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Observing Insects with Radar II: Quantitative Estimation and Parameter Retrieval', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 129 - 162, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Radar Entomology: Perspectives and Prospects', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 409 - 416, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500017&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Migration, Population Movements and Pest Management', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 282 - 311, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insects as Radar Targets', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 49 - 73, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Migratory Flight II: Concentrations and Disturbances', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 254 - 281, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Remote Sensing and Insect Observation', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 13 - 21, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Additional Radar, Radar-like and Radio Technologies for Insect Observation', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 163 - 189, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Migratory Flight I: The Principal Features', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 219 - 253, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Radar Entomology Observing Insect Flight and Migration Preface', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. VII - +, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Echo on Meteorological Radars', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 376 - 408, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500016&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Insect Migration, its Quantification and the Role of the Atmosphere', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 190 - 218, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Entomological Radar Designs', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 74 - 99, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2012, 'Observing Insects with Radar I: Performance, Surveillance and Target Characterization', in RADAR ENTOMOLOGY: OBSERVING INSECT FLIGHT AND MIGRATION, CABI PUBLISHING-C A B INT, pp. 100 - 128, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324528500007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Chapman JW; Drake VA, 2010, 'Insect Migration', in Breed MD; Moore J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, edn. 1, Academic Press, Oxford, pp. 161 - 166

Drake VA; Farrow RA; Gatehouse AG, 1995, 'Insect Migration: a holistic conceptual model', in Drake VA; Gatehouse AG (ed.), Insect Migration: Tracking Resources through Space and Time, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 427 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511470875.022

Journal articles

Hu C; Li W; Wang R; Long T; Liu C; Drake VA, 2019, 'Insect Biological Parameter Estimation Based on the Invariant Target Parameters of the Scattering Matrix', IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 57, pp. 6212 - 6225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2019.2904869

Hao Z; Drake VA; Taylor JR, 2019, 'Resolving the heading-direction ambiguity in vertical-beam radar observations of migrating insects', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 6003 - 6013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5184

Drake VA; Wang H, 2019, 'Ascent and descent rates of high-flying insect migrants determined with a non-coherent vertical-beam entomological radar', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 40, pp. 883 - 904, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2018.1519283

Hone J; Drake VA; Krebs CJ, 2018, 'Evaluating wildlife management by using principles of applied ecology: Case studies and implications', Wildlife Research, vol. 45, pp. 436 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR18006

Drake VA; Chapman JW; Lim KS; Reynolds DR; Riley JR; Smith AD, 2017, 'Ventral-aspect radar cross sections and polarization patterns of insects at X band and their relation to size and form', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 38, pp. 5022 - 5044, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2017.1320453

Hao Z; Drake VA; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2017, 'Locust displacing winds in eastern Australia reassessed with observations from an insect monitoring radar', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 61, pp. 2073 - 2084, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-017-1404-3

Hone J; Drake VA; Krebs CJ, 2017, 'The Effort-Outcomes Relationship in Applied Ecology: Evaluation and Implications', BioScience, vol. 67, pp. 845 - 852, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix091

Drake VA, 2016, 'Distinguishing target classes in observations from vertically pointing entomological radars', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 37, pp. 3811 - 3835, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2016.1204028

Hone J; Drake VA; Krebs CJ, 2015, 'Prescriptive and empirical principles of applied ecology', Environmental Reviews, vol. 23, pp. 170 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/er-2014-0076

Hao Z; Drake A; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2014, 'Investigating wind effects on insect migration', ANZIAM Journal, vol. 56, pp. 399 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v56i0.9349

Drake VA, 2014, 'Estimation of unbiased insect densities and density profiles with vertically pointing entomological radars', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 35, pp. 4630 - 4654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2014.919682

Drake VA; Wang HK, 2013, 'Recognition and characterization of migratory movements of Australian plague locusts, Chortoicetes terminifera, with an insect monitoring radar', Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.7.075095

Chapman JW; Drake VA; Reynolds DR, 2011, 'Recent insights from radar studies of insect flight', Annual Review of Entomology, vol. 56, pp. 337 - 356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-120709-144820

Chapman JW; Klaassen RH; Drake VA; Fossette S; Hays GC; Metcalfe JD; Reynolds AM; Reynolds DR; Alerstam T, 2011, 'Animal Orientation Strategies for Movement in Flows', Current Biology, vol. 21, pp. R861 - R870, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.014

Dingle H; Drake VA, 2007, 'What is migration?', Bioscience, vol. 57, pp. 113 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1641/B570206

Deveson ED; Drake VA; Hunter DM; Walker PW; Wang HK, 2005, 'Evidence from traditional and new technologies for northward migrations of Australian plague locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) (Walker) (Orthoptera : Acrididae) to western Queensland', AUSTRAL ECOLOGY, vol. 30, pp. 928 - 943, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000233411000013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Deveson ED; Drake VA; Hunter D; Walker PM; Wang H, 2005, 'Evidence from traditional and new technologies for northward migrations of Australian plague locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) (Walker) (Orthoptera : Acrididae) to western Queensland', Austral Ecology, vol. 30, pp. 928 - 943, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.2005.01536.x

Dean TJ; Drake VA, 2005, 'Monitoring insect migration with radar: the ventral-aspect polarization pattern and its potential for target identification', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 26, pp. 3957 - 3974, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431160500165955

Harman IT; Drake VA, 2004, 'Insect monitoring radar: analytical time-domain algorithm forretrieving trajectory and target parameters', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 43, pp. 23 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2003.08.005

Wang H; Drake VA, 2004, 'Insect monitoring radar: retrieval of wingbeat information fromconical-scan observation data', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 43, pp. 209 - 222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2004.01.003

Riley JR; Drake VA, 2002, 'Technologies for insect movement and migration research', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 35, pp. 57 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-1699(02)00011-X

Drake VA; Wang H; Harman I, 2002, 'Insect Monitoring Radar: Remote and Network Operation', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 35, pp. 77 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-1699(02)00024-8

Drake VA; Harman I; Wang H, 2002, 'Insect Monitoring Radar: Stationary-Beam Operating Mode', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 35, pp. 111 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-1699(02)00014-5

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