Rick Overson

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Rick Overson
CountryUnited States of America
Organizations:Global Locust Initiative, Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute
DepartmentsGIOSI Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Titles:Research Scientist, Co-Director of the Global Locust Initiative
Focal areas:Animal Husbandry, Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Nutritional Ecology, Community Development, Education, Nutrition
Focal species:Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria), Migratory grasshopper (Melanoplus sanguinipes), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria), Mongolian locust (Oedaleus decorus), Senegalese grasshopper (Oedaleus senegalensis), South American locust (Schistocerca cancellata)


Rick Overson's current research aims to understand variations in locust behavioral and nutritional ecology. As Co-director of the Global Locust Initiative, he collaborates with global stakeholders to manage grasshopper and locust outbreaks sustainably, striving to enhance stakeholder representation, transparency, information sharing, and community-built resources for locust management.