My name is Jacinta Kong. I’m a PhD candidate in the Climate and Metabolic Ecology Laboratory (CAMEL) at the School of BioSciences of the University of Melbourne, Australia. I started in 2015 under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Kearney (co-supervisor: Professor Ary Hoffmann).
I look at how eggs are adapted to climate and the consequences of this for insect life cycles, distribution and phenology. I use a combination of field work, experimental studies, and computer simulations to understand the problem of distribution, phenology and abundance. I work with Morabine grasshoppers which are endemic to Australia (subfamily: Morabinae). These grasshoppers are found all over Australia, and most fascinatingly (and great for my research) display a wide range of life history traits and life cycles. For example, Warramaba virgo, one of my study species, is parthenogenetic.
I don’t have a particular animal I’m passionate about, instead I want to know how animals cope with and respond to their environment, and how this relationship in turn affects their ecology or how such adaptations have evolved (ecophysiology, evolutionary physiology, biophysical ecology etc.). I’m also interested in how physiological principles can be used in both applied and theoretical contexts, such as in conservation (conservation physiology) and ecological theory (e.g. metabolic ecology).
If you want to see what I’ve been up to – check out the blog tab!
I graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours Class 1, University Medal) majoring in Zoology, and in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Zoology. Check out my CV (resume) for the details.
I was the Vice President of the BioSciences Postgraduate Society for 2016-2017 and President for 2017-2018.
I can be contacted by e-mail, Twitter and Instagram. I also sometimes tweet from the lab’s Twitter account.
I also really like talking about matchstick grasshoppers. If you find one in the field, feel free to send me a picture and some information like: weather, plant it was on, time of day, date, location and general habitat. It would be appreciated in increasing our knowledge about these native grasshoppers.
School of BioSciences
BioSciences 4 (Bldg 147)
The University of Melbourne
E-mail: jacintak1 @ student. unimelb. edu. au
Lab Twitter: CamelUnimelb
Novel applications of thermocyclers for phenotyping invertebrate thermal responses
Jacinta D. Kong, Jason K. Axford, Ary A. Hoffmann and Michael R. Kearney. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 7(10): 1201 – 1208. 2016. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12589 Author post-print
Mechanistic models for predicting insect responses to climate change
James L. Maino, Jacinta. D. Kong, Ary A. Hoffmann, Madeleine G. Barton and Michael R. Kearney. Current Opinion in Insect Science 17: 81 – 86. 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2016.07.006 Author post-print
Summer egg diapause in a matchstick grasshopper synchronises the life cycle and buffers thermal extremes
Michael R. Kearney, John Deutscher, Jacinta D. Kong, and Ary A. Hoffmann. 2018. Integrative Zoology. in press. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12314