Eduardo Henrique Mossmann
Eduardo is a PhD student based at Victoria University of Wellington funded by Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems. He is studying possible ways to insert the mathematical equations behind Reinforcement Learning into Evolutionary Game Theory to answer questions related to the biological evolution of the sexes, the origin of money and the effect of cooperation in multiple contexts. He is supervised by Marcus Frean, Stephen Marsland, & Chrissie Painting.
Grant Fale is a MSc student at the University of Waikato as well as an Ecologist at Auckland Council. In collaboration with Ashley Mortensen and David Pattemore at Plant and Food Research NZ, Grant is investigating the interaction between invasive honey bees and native solitary bees with a particular focus on these interactions when foraging on the commercially valuable mānuka tree.
Erin is a MSc student at the University of Waikato. In collaboration with Ashley Mortensen at Plant & Food Research, she is studying honey bee mating sites (drone congregation areas) and their potential role in predicting varroa mite infestation rates of feral and managed honey bee colonies.
Rene Devenish is a MSc student at the University of Waikato. She is studying the functional relationship between behaviour and metabolism under rising temperatures in native bees and honeybees in New Zealand. Her supervisors are Chrissie Painting and Andrew Barnes.
Tori is a MSc student at the University of Waikato. Tori is interested in New Zealand glow worm biology, and is investigating the ecology and behaviour with a particular focus on mating dynamics for her project. Tori also works as a ranger for Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.
Ashton is a MSc student at the University of Waikato. She is interested in ways to reduce the slaughter of bobby calves to give them a life worth living. She is investigating the effect of different feed allowances on calve growth weights and their behaviours in collaboration with Chrissie Painting, Karin Schutz (AgResearch), Claire Phy (DairyNZ), and Ina Pinxterhuis (DairyNZ).
Past PhD students
Past Masters students
Sarah Hockings & Nicole Haerewa
Rebecca Le Grice
Rebecca did her Masters of Science (with 1st Class Hons) in 2014/2015 with Greg Holwell and I. Bex looked at the competitive assessment strategies (fighting) and lifetime mating success of NZ giraffe weevils.