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Dr R Andrew Hayes

PhD W.Syd. BSc (Hons) Syd.

  • Forest Health Research Fellow
+61 7 5456 3452 / +61 7 3708 8508
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SD B.1.53
Sunshine Coast
Andrew Hayes


Dr Andrew Hayes began his research career studying the blood–gas physiology of decapod crustacean, but soon moved to the exciting area of chemical ecology. This is the communication of organisms by the use of volatile chemicals, and can be used within a species for maintenance of social structure and territoriality or for finding an appropriate mate. Communication also occurs between species, where it is used for a variety of reasons, including finding host plants or warning others of poisonous effects. His early work on chemical ecology was investigating the signals used to maintain social status in wild European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). He stayed within the field of vertebrate chemical communication, studying signals related to genetic relatedness in lemurs (Propithecus edwardsii), predator odours in native rats (Uromys, Melomys and Rattus) and inter-specific signals in the cane toad (Bufo marinus). Since 2008 he has been studying the signals used by insects (produced by both insects and the plants they feed on), to find hosts and mates, and his research is focused on exploiting these signals to protect horticulture and forestry crops.

Professional Memberships 

Asia–Pacific Association for Chemical Ecology

Australian Mammal Society

Ecological Society of Australia Director (ECR) 2007–2015

Entomological Society of Queensland

International Association for Ecology

International Society for Chemical Ecology


2011 Queensland International Fellowship

2005 University of Sydney Innovation Challenge Finalist

2000 Royal Zoological Society of NSW Award (best student poster presentation)

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Research Grants

IPM program for the macadamia industry

RA Hayes (USC), R Huwer, C Maddox (NSW DPI)

 Horticulture Innovation Australia



To study volatile attractants from Sigastus weevil (an emerging pest) and host plants for use in a monitoring trap in macadamia orchards


Determination of host status of Australian finger limes to enable market access


B Missenden, L Senior (DAF), RA Hayes (USC)


Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources





Australian finger lime producers cannot send fresh fruit to export markets such as Japan due to concerns over fruit fly. Scientific evidence suggests that finger limes are not a fruit fly host and this project aims to confirm the host status of finger limes and determine the reasons for this resistance

Protecting Queensland's plantation timber resources from pest and disease incursions

G. Pegg, M Griffiths (DAF), H Nahrung, RA Hayes (USC)

DAF Forest Products




The project will develop standardised methods to enhance early detection and response to post-border pest and disease incursions on exotic pines in Queensland

External attractant trap for the Small Hive Beetle

DM Leemon (DAF), RA Hayes (USC)

RIRDC, Queensland Beekeepers Association, The Wheen Bee Foundation



To develop a trap for the control and monitoring of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a serious pest of European honeybees

Sustainable control for biosecurity: Pheromones for control and monitoring of beetle borers

RA Hayes, J Millar, (UC, Riverside)

Queensland International Fellowship



Studies into the chemistry and ecology of the pheromones of cerambycid beetles

Chemical communication in strepsirrhine primates

PC Wright (SUNY), RA Hayes, T-L Morelli (SUNY), T Goodwin (Hendrix)

Margot Marsh/ Conserv. Intl., NSF; Primate Conserv.;Wenner-Gren Foundation of Anthropological Research; AAAS



Interactions between genetic relatedness and chemical communication in wild lemurs

Semiochemicals and social signalling in the wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus (L))

RA Hayes, BJ Richardson (UWS)

CRC for the Biological Control of Vertebrate Pest Populations



Chemical communication controlling social status in wild European rabbits

Research areas

  • Chemical ecology
  • Predator–prey interactions
  • Insect–plant interactions
  • Forestry entomology
  • Invasive species

Dr Andrew Hayes' specialist areas of knowledge include chemical communication within animal species, used for maintaining social status, and for finding mates. He also studies communication between species, used for finding food or hosts. Over the last twenty years he has studied the chemoecology of a variety of species from rabbits, lemurs and cane toads to long-horned beetles, leaf beetles, mango seed weevils and eucalypts.

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