The Manifold Borders of a Locust Outbreak



Borders concern much more than territorial lines and are constantly being reconfigured according to continual interactions between various agents. Boundaries between countries, species, or individuals often reflect local perspectives, influencing the recognition and control of plant pests. The study of the Moroccan locust (<i>Dociostaurus maroccanus</i>) surge, which occurred in the Iberian Peninsula between 1898 and 1905, allows us to discuss the relevance of considering those different perceptions to understanding the effectiveness of past measures.

Author Biographies

Inês Gomes, Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), FCUL, Portugal

Inês Gomes is graduated in Biology (University of Lisbon, 2004) and has a PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon, 2015). Her research focused on the natural-history collections of Portuguese secondary schools. Other research interests concern the history of science and science education in Portugal as well as the history of scientific collections and the heritage of science. More recently, she has been involved in projects on the history of agricultural and urban pests.

Ana Isabel Queiroz, IHC-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Ana Isabel Queiroz holds a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Porto, Portugal. She is currently a fellow researcher at the IHC-Instituto de História Contemporânea, NOVA-FCSH (Lisbon, Portugal). In the recent years, she published several books, chapters, and papers in Portuguese and international peer-reviewed publications about literary representations of animals and landscapes as well as on bioinvasions in Southern Europe.