Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to the Invertebrate Behavioural Ecology & Conservation lab led by Chrissie Painting.

About Chrissie:

I’m a behavioural ecologist with a particular interest in what drives diversity in exaggerated traits, such as weapons and ornaments. This fits into a central goal of evolutionary biology which is to understand patterns in the variation of animal phenotypes. My rangahau (research) is primarily on arthropods including beetles, harvestmen, spiders and fiddler crabs, which has seen me undertake projects around the world. I have a broad interest in many aspects of natural history, but I tend to be drawn to peculiar-looking creatures that have so far escaped scientific attention.

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Waikato and an Associate Investigator at the Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. I’m also a current Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellow doing exciting sexual selection research on NZ giraffe weevils. I’d love to hear from you if you’re looking for collaborations or postgraduate opportunities in behavioural ecology, entomology or conservation. me2

I’m passionate about creating an inclusive and equitable research environment, especially for early career researchers and parents. I was a founding committee member of the University of Auckland Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society, and am currently an Associate Editor at the New Zealand Journal of Zoology and on the editorial board for Behavioral Ecology. 

Google scholar citations – here


Academic work history

  • 2019 – Present: Lecturer, University of Waikato

  • 2016 – 2019: Research Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell)

  • 2015 – 2016 : Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (A/P Daiqin Li)

  • 2014: Kate Edger Educational Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell & Dr Robert Hoare)

  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell)

  • 2009-2013: PhD University of Auckland, NZ (Dr Greg Holwell & A/P Thomas Buckley)

  • 2009: Lab Technician, Ministry of Primary Industries (previously Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry)

  • 2004-2007: Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Hons Lincoln University, NZ (Prof Richard Duncan & Dr Ecki Brockerhoff)

Night field work in Wairata, East Cape of New Zealand

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