My name is Jacinta Kong. I am a teaching and research fellow in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. I started in 2019 and I work in the Payne Lab. My current research project is looking at how the relationship between environmental temperature and the traits of an organism (morphological, behavioural & physiological) influences the ecology of ectotherms. I use a combination of individual-based models, field observations and comparative datasets.
I completed my PhD in 2019 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). In my PhD I looked at the variation in how insect eggs are adapted to climate and the consequences of this for their life cycles, distribution and phenology. I used a combination of field work, experimental studies, and computer simulations to understand the problem of distribution, phenology and abundance. I worked 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 are adapted to their environment through their functional traits, how these traits have evolved and how the interaction of these traits with the environment generate ecological patterns like distribution or phenology. I answer these questions through a combination of field observations, manipulative laboratory experiments and computer modelling within a theoretical framework to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying biological patterns.
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 can be contacted by e-mail, Twitter and Instagram.
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 Natural Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
School of BioSciences
BioSciences 4 (Bldg 147)
The University of Melbourne
kongj @ tcd. ie
jacintak1 @ student. unimelb. edu. au
Lab Twitter: CamelUnimelb
Linking thermal adaptation and life-history theory explains latitudinal patterns of voltinism. Jacinta. D. Kong, Ary A. Hoffmann and Michael R. Kearney. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 374(1778). 2019. DOI:10.1098/rstb.2018.0547 Author post-print
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 13: 437-449. 2018. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12314