Michele Johnstone

MPhil CandidateJohnstoneM1
Room 116
+613 8344 2521


I joined the PEARG in 2013 when I commenced a Postgraduate Diploma of Science. I investigated the role developmental rearing temperature has on thermal resistance in Drosophila and its role in describing short term carry over effects. I was supervised by Prof. Ary Hoffmann and Dr. Michele Schiffer and was part of the Zoology Department. I completed a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at the University of Melbourne and have always had a passion for evolutionary biology, systematics and human evolution. During my undergraduate studies I was fortunate enough to participate in a study involving the black swans at Albert Park Lake and their response to the annual Grand Prix.

After a short North American escapade over summer, I am back and am currently enrolled as a MPhil candidate. My supervisors are Prof. Ary Hoffmann, Dr. Michele Schiffer and Dr. Lea Rako. My research is currently closely tied to my previous work in that I am again studying the role that developmental rearing temperature has on thermal resistance in Drosophila, but am now also focussing on the effects that laboratory adaptation and maternally derived characteristics have on short term adaptations to temperature. I am also looking at some life history traits in D.hydei. The role climate change will play in shaping the future biodiversity of the earth remains a constant concern and I hope to further enhance the PEARG’s contribution to the field. .

Current Projects:

Combining both short and long term evolutionary processes to the study of Drosophila thermal resistance.

Drosophila hydei and Drosophila rubida life history traits.

Recent Publications (2010 – 2014):

Payne CJ, Jessop TS, Guay P-J, Johnstone M, Feore M, et al. (2012) Population, Behavioural and Physiological Responses of an Urban Population of Black Swans to an Intense Annual Noise Event. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45014. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045014


twitter:  @michelej_8 

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