A fresh look at locusts

Dr. Arianne Cease, a senior sustainability scientist at ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, was named one of the 2015 Brilliant 10 by Popular Science magazine for her work on connecting locust swarms to land-use.

Locusts have been around since, well, Biblical times and have wreaked havoc on Earth and humans’ food production.

But it’s only recently that scientists like Arizona State University’s Arianne Cease have begun connecting the dots of locust swarms to land-use patterns. Their findings are leading to new ways to combat an ancient problem — by bringing human behavior into the equation.