Professor Nigel Andrew


Associate Professor of Entomology

Zoology, University of New England

P: 02 6773 2937





Dr Sarah Hill


Insect Ecology Lab Manager

Research Fellow: Future Keepers project

Natural History Museum, University of New England





Dr James O Hanlon

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Landscape scale effects of animal behavior: Are ants planting Australia’s forests?

Natural History Museum, University of New England



Potential projects with James here



Dr Jean Drayton


Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Ecosystem services in a changing climate: climate change effects on dung burial by dung beetles and beetle mediated greenhouse gas emissions

Natural History Museum, University of New England




Isobel Roberts


PhD Student

Project: The influence of climate on insect-plant communications

Natural History Museum, University of New England








Zac Hemmings


PhD Student

Project: The thermal games dung beetles play: assessing how temperature and competition influence a critical ecosystem service provider

Natural History Museum, University of New England





Nirosha Ranawaka


PhD Student

Project: Population genetics and nest variation of Iridomyrmex purpureus (meat ant) around the New England Tablelands


Natural History Museum, University of New England




Amrit Sidhu


PhD Student

Project: Developing breeding grounds for dung beetles.


Natural History Museum, University of New England




Min Raj Pokhrel


PhD Student

Project: How does temperature, food quality and competition affect ability of dung beetles to find and keep resources?

Natural History Museum, University of New England



Sean Moore


PhD Student

Project: Does thermal stress and resource limitation impact on ant communities?

Natural History Museum, University of New England



Sue Jagger


PhD Student

Project: Interactions between natural enemies of greenhouse whiteflies as control agents on greenhouse tomatoes

Zoology, University of New England






Kalifa al Kindi


PhD Student

Project: Modelling of dubas bug habitat and population density in Oman based on association with human, environmental and climatological factors


Computational Science, University of New England




Bianca Bishop


MSc Student

Project: Coleoptera assemblage structure and morphology on Acacia host-plant species along an environmental gradient: the implications of climate change

Natural History Museum, University of New England






Rebecca di Donato


Master of Environmental Science Student

Project: THE FUTURE KEEPERS: What influence does a novel/warmer environment have on ant nest development?

Natural History Museum, University of New England



Lab Interns


Hannah Smart

Molly Barlow



Lab Alumni -

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr Kirsti Abbott (2014/15)

School of Ants (Australia) Coordinator


Dr Graham Hall (2010-15)


Dr Senshan Wang (2013/14)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Thermal tolerances of aphids under different dietary regimes


Zac Hemmings (2013)

​Thermal tolerances of high altitude ants.


Dr Nereda Christian (2010-2012)

The Sweep Net - Introduction and Extension of IPM in Northern NSW.


Rachel Lawrence (2010-2012)

The Sweep Net - Introduction and Extension of IPM in Northern NSW.


Dr Myung-Pyo Jung (2010-2011)

Thermal tolerances of meat ants.


Dr Md Habibullah Bahar (2010-2011)

Insect thermal physiology.


Dr Kerri Clarke (2007-2009)

​Ecology of insect herbivore assemblages: influence of climate, evolutionary history and plant traits.


PhD Students..


Behnaz Ghaedi (2017)

Impact of repeated stress exposures on the thermal tolerance abilities in the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae).


Matt Binns (2016)

Predicting the effect of climate change on community structure and function: an assessment using temperate grassland invertebrates.

Peter Serov (2014)

Evolution of the Anaspidacea (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Syncarida).


Michelle Yates (2014)

Ecosystem Services Within a Semi-Arid Agricultural Landscape:  The Importance of Weed Species and Native Plants in Supporting Aphid Parasitoids and Plant Pollinators.


Tom Mooney (2013)

Response of soil invertebrates to petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soils at Macquarie Island.


Sabine Nooten (2012)

Impacts of Climate Change on Plant-Insect Interactions. PhD at Macquarie University


Austin O'Malley (2012)

Spacial patterns in truffle-like fungi distribution, mutualistic interactions with mammals, and spore dispersal dynamics.


Chanthy Pol (2011)

The potential impact of climate change on Nezara viridula (L.) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) and its parasitoid,Trichopoda giacomelii Blanchard (Diptera: Tachinidae) in Cambodia and Australia: Ecological, behavioural and physiological assessments.


Melissa Danks (2011)

The swamp wallaby Wallabia bicolor: a generalist browser as a key mycophagist.


Siobhan Rothsey (2006)

The effect of the earth's magnetic field and other orientation cues on direction seeking in four crustaceans (three intertidal - Amphipoda and Isopoda, one freshwater - Decapoda).


Sydney Jordan (2006)

Burrowing behaviour in the Australian Mygalomorphae.




Sarah Silcocks (2016)

Investigation of the influence of single food plant nutrition on the fitness of two stick insect species: Dryococelus australis and Extatosoma tiaratum

Mahoba Alderah (2013)

Population genetics and stable Isotope analysis of meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus)


Gia Minh Hoang (2012)

Response of aphids to their host plants and artificial diets under controlled temperatures.


Thi Phuong Chi Nguyen (2012)

Thermal biology of diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella).


Dwi Ristyadi (2008)

Influence of pesticide type and adjacent crop vegetation on arthropod community structure through a soybean/sorghum cropping cycle.


Ahmed Eid (2008)

Abundance/occupancy of fruit fly assemblages: associations with decaying stone fruit under different shading regimes.


​Rowen Shee (2007)

Beetle (Coleoptera), fly (Diptera) and earwig (Dermaptera) species richness, abundance and assemblages in urban sclerophyll remnants in south east Queensland, Australia.



Sandie Manns (2105)

Project: Seed dispersal by burier and roller dung beetles


Sigrid Mackensie (2015)

Project: Impacts of macrocyclic lactones on dung beetle larval performance


Zac Hemmings (2013)

Thermal Tolerance in Ants


Tom Mooney (2007)

Comparison of dung beetle assemblages and dung specificity between pasture and native forest on the New England Tablelands, NSW.


Michelle Yates (2008)

Ant morphology trait and assemblage structure: patterns in remnants and pasture habitat along an environmental gradient.


Katy Barstow (2008)

Leaf miner and plant faller diversity on Acacia: importance of climate, plant evolutionary history and plant traits.


Mitch Smidt (2008)

Comparison of herbivore assemblages from Acacia species on the New England Tablelands, NSW.


Undergraduate Researchers

Andrea Grady (2013)


Melissa Chenery (2016) Advanced Science Project (third year): Assessing the effects of thermal stress on ants in relation to diet preferences and nest development



Insect Ecology Lab

Natural History Museum (W77)

University of New England

Armidale NSW 2031


61 (0)2 6773 2937