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Douglas Lawton

Douglas Lawton

PhD Student, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874601
Tempe, AZ 85287-4601


  • PhD Student, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Douglas is an Environmental Life Sciences PhD candidate who started in 2016. He comes from North Carolina where he obtained his B.S in biology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a landscape ecologist interested in plant-insect interactions.

 His current research uses multiple approaches (field, laboratory, and modeling) to understand the ecological underpinnings of locust swarms at multiple spatial scales using the Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera) as a model species.


The following are a few of his current research topics:

How woody vegetation influences the distribution of locusts from both a top-down and bottom-up control viewpoint. (Link in publication list)

The effects of landscape food quality clustering on locust gregarious behavior.

Identifying the mismatches between available nutrients within landscapes and the nutritional preference of migratory and non-migratory grasshoppersHow acknowledging the spatiotemporal hierarchy improves ecological models of locust swarms


Douglas is very open to collaborations. Please feel free to contact him via twitter or by email at



  • BS, Biology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Journal Articles


Lawton, D., C. Waters, M. Le Gall and A. Cease. 2020. Woody vegetation remnants within pastures influence locust distribution: Testing bottom-up and top-down control. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 296(Jul):106931. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2020.106931. (link )


Lawton, D. D., D. Parlindungan, A. Pratama, P. Aswin, P. Jundara, R. Darmawan, A. Ruyani, C. E. Matthews and A. Somers. 2018. Living among water monitors: An exploratory study of an urban water monitor (Varanus salvator) population in Bengkulu, Indonesia. Biawak 12(1):42-47. (link )