Hoffmann Group

“Our lab undertakes research on adaptation of organisms (particularly invertebrates) to environmental stresses including climate change and chemical pollutants, using field sites in the Victorian mountains, in tropical rainforests and in wetlands around Melbourne. We also develop integrated pest control options, investigate how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contribute to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examine new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change.” – Professor Ary Hoffmann.

Research

The Hoffmann group focuses on three main areas of research:

  1. Climatic Stress - to find traits that enable adaptation to climatic stress, and to understand the genetic basis of these traits;
  2. Applied - to develop better ways of sustainably controlling pest species important from an agricultural perspective.
  3. Applied – to explore new ways of reducing the transmission of human diseases by insect vectors based on endosymbionts. 

In understanding the main issues and mechanisms involved with adaptation of organisms to stress, we are able to make informed management decisions to assist the community and industry.

Techniques

Molecular population markers, ecological assessments, pesticide assays, quantitative genetic analyses, molecular species markers and entomological sampling.

Group Members

Group Head

Ary Hoffmann

Honorary Members

Adam Miller
Ann Stocker
Lea Rako
Linda Thomson

Postdoctoral Fellows

Andrew Weeks
Garry McDonald
Gordana Rašić
Melissa Carew
Michele Schiffer
Nancy Endersby
Paul Umina
Philippa Griffin
Sandra Hangartner
Sara Long

Research Assistants

Ashley Callahan
Jason Axford
Jen Shirriffs
Kelly Richardson
Vanessa White
Nick Bell
Rhianna Boyle

Administration

Emily Thomson

Graduate Students

Isabel Stempf
Josh Douglas
Lee Engelstaad
Li Hsin Wu
Madeleine Gane
Manaswini Parida
Megan Hirst
Perran Ross
Peter Kriesner
Peter Mee
Rachel Slatyer
Rahul Rane
Rebecca Jordon
Tom Schmidt
Xuan Cheng
Yuli Rochmijati

Biography

Professor Ary Hoffmann FAA
Australian Laureate Fellow
School of Biosciences
T: (+ 61 3) 8344 2204
E: ary [at] unimelb.edu.au

Ary Hoffmann is a professor working in the areas of pest control and environmental stress adaptation. His group undertakes research on a range of invertebrates. They have developed integrated pest control options for the grains and grape/wine industries, investigated how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contributed to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examined new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change. Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Australian Academy of  Science, past ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, past President of the Australian Entomological Society, past President of the Australasian Genetics Society, and visiting Professor at both the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Liverpool. His team combines staff and students from The School of BioSciences and is based at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.