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James Maino

  • Research Fellow
  • The University of Melbourne
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All life processes involve energy and mass transfers. With this in mind, my research has explored patterns in the energy uptake and allocation of invertebrates during their development, and the extent to which universal energetic constraints apply across diverse species. This research feeds into wide-ranging applications including quantifying the energetic costs of toxic stress, predicting species distributions using mechanistic bioclimatic models, and understanding the economy of host-parasitoid interactions. Currently, I am applying this background to the problem of pesticide resistance in an important pest of crops and pastures in Australia – the redlegged earth mite. Pesticide resistance not only increases the economic costs of agricultural practices, but imposes energetic costs on resistant individuals of the pest species. We are interested in understanding these processes in order to better predict, and eventually better manage, the evolution and spread of pesticide resistance. I recently completed a jointly awarded PhD at the University of Melbourne and Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) under the supervision of Michael Kearney and Bas Kooijman

Recent publications

  • Mechanistic models for predicting insect responses to climate change

    • Maino J
    • Kong J
    • Hoffmann A
    • et al.
  • A dynamic energy budget for the whole life-cycle of holometabolous insects

    • Llandres A
    • Marques G
    • Maino J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne

June 2015 - Present

PhD Candidate

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

March 2011 - January 2015(4 years)


BA (honours in environmental studies)

University of Melbourne

January 2010 - December 2010(a year)

Co-authors (18)

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