SPC Appoints LRD Entomologist
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:11

Mr Maclean Vaqalo recently joined SPC as the new LRD Entomologist. Mr Vaqalo is from Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands and has over  20 years experience in entomology work mainly in the Solomon Islands.

Prior to joining SPC LRD, Mr. Vagalo was the Director Research for Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock; a position he held since January 2011.

Mr Vagalo has a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of the South Pacific (1989) A year later, Mr. Vagalo started as Entomology Research Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Solomon Islands. Work focused on biological control, insect pest advisory services, and research development activities. In addition, Mr Vagalo graduated with a Master of Science in Crop Protection (1991 to 1992) from the University of Reading, England majoring in Entomology.

Mr. Vaqalo was Solomon Islands’ national coordinator, Regional Fruit Fly Management Project and engaged in fruit fly trapping and fruit rearing surveillances, as well as research studies on specific fruit fly species.

Mr. Vagalo recently completed his PhD research project on Taxonomy, Biology and Ecology of Slippery Cabbage Flea Beetle, Nisotra basselae (Bryant) in Solomon Islands. He studied at the University Queensland. His thesis is currently being reviewed by the University before  a PhD can be awarded.

Mr. Vagalo is based with LRD Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation Support Team in Suva and can be reached on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone number (679) 3379431.