2004 PhD School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
Thesis ‘Nutritional ecology of the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera’
1988 BSc Monash University. Majors: Zoology and Biochemistry
2011 – Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Sydney. Funded by an Australian Laureate Fellowship to Professor Stephen J. Simpson; entitled ‘Nutritional Dynamics: from Genes to Individuals to Ecosystems’.
Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences
2010 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Sydney. Named postdoctoral fellow to ARC funded project: ‘Heterarchical modelling of nutritional ecology: from individuals to communities’.
2010 Consultant, 3rd Year Entomology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland
2009 December, Promoted to Level B
2005 –2009 Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A), The University of Sydney. Funded by ARC Federation Fellowship to Professor Stephen J. Simpson.
2003-2004 Lecturer to American graduate students undertaking a study unit in Australia – Evolution and diversity of Australian Fauna
1994 Biology Tutor Mannix College
1989 – 2004 Sessional Academic Monash University
1989- 2005 Research Technical assistant, Monash University
[varying appointments; 0.2-1.0]
Teaching and Mentoring
Honours/Postgraduate: PhD student (1 student), MSc students (4), BSc Honours students (12), Environmental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists
3rd Year: Animal Physiology, Ecophysiology, Entomology, Plant-Animal Interactions,
2nd Year: Ecology, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Zoology: Animal diversity,
Zoology: Animal form and function
1st Year: Biology, What is Science? (The Practice & Application of Science).
2014 In review ARC Discovery project (3 yrs) DP150100071 Does human use of fatty acids have fitness consequences for animals? Co-CI with Drs T. Dempster, M. Green (Uni of Melbourne) and A/Prof G Turchini (Deakin Uni) ($432,071)
University of Sydney, funding for field work in Texas in conjunction with Dr Spence Behmer at Texas A&M ($10,000)
Banrock:Rescuing from extinction the Australian River Snails, Notopala sublineata hanleyi (Murray River) and Notopala sublineata sublineata (Darling River) ($5,000)
ARC-NZ Research Network for Vegetation Function, Registration and travel paid to attend ComBio2008 (Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the Australian Society of Plant Scientists and the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology), Canberra 21 – 25 September, 2008
Monash University Conference Travel Award
School of Zoology Conference Travel Award
Ecological Society of Australia Field Trip Travel Award ($1500)
CWA Environmental Science Scholarship ($1500)
Summer Research Scholarship,1989; Department of Zoology, Monash University
HECS exemption scholarship, undergraduate studies, 1989; Merit based exemption (one of three scholarships available to undergraduate students studying zoology)
2014 American Society of Physiology, San Diego, Oct, 2014
2014 Society of Experimental Biology, Manchester, UK. ‘What sets the limit? How thermal limits,performance and preference in ectotherms are influenced by water or energy balance’.
2014 University of Arizona, Tucson. Host: Prof. John Hildebrand.
2014 University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Hosts: Prof. Phyllis Coley and Tom Kursar.
2013 International Chemical Ecology Conference, Interactions between Plants and Animals in the Australian Biota Symposium. Plant Quality is More Than Just Chemistry: Linking Morphology, Physiology and Behaviour to Nutritional Outcomes, Melbourne, Australia.
University of Washington, Plant quality is more than just nutrients. Linking morphology, physiology and behaviour to ecological outcomes.
2013 Texas A&M University. Plant quality is more than just nutrients. Linking morphology, physiology and behaviour to ecological outcomes
2012 Plant quality is more than just nutrients: Insect herbivores can choose microclimates to achieve nutritional homeostasis. International Congress Entomology, South Korea
2012 Plant quality is more than just nutrients. Linking morphology, physiology and behaviour to ecological outcomes. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Wollongong
2011 Plant quality: what does this mean to an insect herbivore? Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant animal interactions Symposium 28.
2011 Plant quality: what does this mean to an insect herbivore? Arizona State University.
2010 The gastrointestinal tract as a nutrient balancing organ. The University of Sydney.
2009 Plant biomechanical properties and nutrition: implications for chewing herbivores. The University of Sydney
2008 Biomechanical properties of plants: implications for an herbivorous insect. Leaf toughness and biomechanics, ARC-NZ Vegetation Function Network Plant Biomechanics Working Group (WG38), Macquarie University
2007 Too much nitrogen: The paradoxical effects of nutrient ratios and supply rates on an outbreaking insect herbivore. Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour, Macquarie University.
2005 Linking individual level phenomena to population dynamics. Pest or Guest: the zoology of the overabundance. Royal Zoological Society of NSW Forum, Taronga Zoo.
2004 Influence of diet anatomy, biomechanical properties and chemistry on Australian plague locust performance. Oral presentation and published abstract, XXII International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane.
20 Clissold, F. J, S. J. Simpson. Plant chemistry and temperature both influence host plant choice. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, Texas, 2014. Symposium oral presentation and published abstract.
19 Clissold, F. J, A. Richardson, P. Lenhart, S. T. Behmer, S. J. Simpson. Is the ability to gain carbohydrate driving the evolution and ecology of an insect herbivore, the grasshopper? Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, Texas, 2014. Symposium oral presentation and published abstract.
18 Clissold, F. J, Plant quality is more than just nutrients: Linking morphology, physiology and behaviour to nutritional outcomes. Gordon Conference, Plant-Herbivore Interaction, Ventura, CA, 2013. Poster presentation.
17 Clissold, F. J, S. J. Simpson. Plant quality is more than just nutrients: host plant choice is determined by temperature and nutrients. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, 2013. Symposium oral presentation and published abstract.
16 Clark, X, S. J. Simpson, F. J. Clissold. Does size matter? The interaction of body size, temperature and nutrition. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, 2013. Oral presentation and published abstract.
15 Clissold, F. J, Z. Brown, S. J. Simpson. Diet-induced enlargement of the gastrointestinal tract, increases nutrient absorption rates in locusts by allowing larger meals rather than better absorptive efficiency. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, 2013. Poster presentation and published abstract.
14 Clark, X., F. J. Clissold, M. A. Charleston, S. J. Simpson. Foraging in a nutritionally complex world: tests using agent-based models and locusts. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, 2013. Poster presentation and published abstract.
13 Clissold, F. J, S. J. Simpson Plant quality: what does this mean to an insect herbivore? Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant animal interactions Symposium 28.
12 Clissold, F. J, N. Coggan, S. J. Simpson Reversing the temperature-size rule: Herbivore use dynamic thermoregulatory behaviour to alter host plant quality. Ecological Society of America, 96th Annual Meeting, 7th– 12th Aug, 2011, Austin, Texas, USA
11 Armour, W., F. J. Clissold, D. Barton, R. Overall, S. J. Simpson. Does the extraction of cell contents during digestion of grasses by the Australian plague locust occur via plasmodesmata. Plasmodesmata Sydney 2010.
10 Clissold, F. J, B. J. Tedder, A. D. Conigrave, S. J. Simpson. The gastrointestinal tract as a nutrient balancing organ. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Annual meeting, 3rd-7th Jan, 2010,Seattle, Washington, USA.
9 Clissold, F. J, & S.J. Simpson. The Interactive effects of body size and plant biomechanical properties on nutrition. Ecological Society of America, 94th Annual Meeting, 2nd – 7th Aug, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
8 Clissold, F. J, B. J. Tedder, A. D. Conigrave, S. J. Simpson. Post ingestive regulation of nutritional uptake: differential release of gut enzymes. Integrative Physiology Conference, 5th-8th Dec, 2008, Sydney, Australia
7 Clissold, F. J, S. J. Simpson. Too tough! Plant biomechanical properties and nutrition: implications for chewing herbivores. Ecological Society of Australia Meeting 1st-5th December, 2008, Sydney, Australia
6 Clissold, F. J, Too much nitrogen: The paradoxical effects of nutrient ratios and supply rates on an outbreaking insect herbivore. Joint Meeting of the 92nd Ecological-Society-of-American/Society-for-Ecological-Restoration, August 05 -10, 2007 San Jose, California, USA Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting Abstracts Published: Aug 5 2007
5 Clissold, F. J, G. D, Sanson, & J. Read. Influence of diet anatomy, biomechanical properties and chemistry on Australian plague locust performance. Oral presentation and published abstract, Entomological Society of Australia Conference, Dec, 2003,Hobart, Australia.
4 Read, J, Sanson G, D, Gras, E, Brunt, C, Clissold, F. The relationship between biomechanical and chemical defense: Do chemical defenses decline as developing leaves become tougher? Abstracts, 4th International Plant Biomechanics Conference 20-25 July, 2003, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA.
3 Clissold, F. J, G. D, Sanson, & J. Read. Two grasses with contrasting life history strategies as a food resource for the Australian plague locust. Oral presentation and published abstract, Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Nov, 2000, Melbourne, Australia.
2 Clissold, F. J, G. D, Sanson, & J. Read. Digestibility of two contrasting grasses by the Australian plague locust. Oral presentation and published abstract, Entomology Society of Australia Conference, 1999, Canberra, Australia.
1 Clissold, F. J., K. S. Lefevere, & B. Roberts Hormonal control of ovarian development in the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina. Oral presentation and published abstract, at the 5th Australian Applied Ecological Research Conference, 1993, Canberra.
Teaching and mentoring:
Undergraduate teaching experience
2005-2013 I have taught in the following courses while at The University of Sydney
Ecophysiology (3rd year);lectures and practical course, ‘Plant-animal interactions’.
Invertebrate Zoology (2nd year); 8 lectures and 3 (2h) practical sessions covering the basic biology of non-crustacean arthropods.
Entomology (2nd year); Lectures and practical course ‘Insect nutrition and behaviour; Nutritional wisdom in insects’, and lectures on basic insect anatomy and function.
Supervised undergraduate projects for ‘Advanced Students’ (research projects available to students in the top 5%) these have included students enrolled in 3rd year Advanced Ecophysiology, Advanced Animal Physiology and Advanced Fungi in the Environment; and 2nd year Advanced Entomology and Advanced Invertebrate Zoology.
2010 I was commissioned to write three modules for a final (3rd) year undergraduate web based course in Entomology at The University of Queensland. The modules being feeding, digestion and nutrition. This work was performed separately to that required for my current position.
1994 Biology Tutor Mannix College. Provided assistance to Monash University and Rusden (now Deakin University) undergraduate students. This involved a weekly lecture and tutorial.
1989 – 2004 (Monash University)
Designed, demonstrated and assessed the practical component of the Entomology unit for the 3rd year Zoology course and the special project section of Cell Biology (a 3rd year course run jointly by the Department of Zoology and Department of Anatomy)
I have run tutorials for
What is Science? A compulsory course for 1st and 2nd year science students that endeavours to teach students what a scientist does and how they do it, i.e. the introduction of basic philosophy of science, the development of team skills and the oral and written communication skills that a successful scientist requires. This was an advertised position.
Environmental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists, tutor (2004) for the practical section of an honours/post graduate advanced data analysis course covering, experimental design, linear models, ANOVA (including nested and factorial designs), ANCOVA, power analysis, multivariate analysis and multidimensional scaling.
Research Methods (2002-2004), tutor to a third year course designed to cover statistical methods commonly used by biologists (e.g. simple statistics, regression, correlation and ANOVA (simple and more complex designs), principle component analysis and multidimensional scaling), to demonstrate the various methods of data presentation (e.g. graphs versus tables) and the scientific method.
1989-2004 I demonstrated and assessed practical classes at Monash University for
- 1st year: Biology, botany, zoology and genetics sections.
- 2nd year: Zoology (animal diversity and animal form and function units), Ecology (experimental design, sampling techniques, data analysis practicals as well as specific small research projects).
- 3rd year: Animal Physiology (animal nutrition, thermoregulation, endocrinology). Plant-Animal Interactions (feeding behaviour using invertebrates and vertebrates), and Ecology and Evolution of the Australian Flora (projects investigating changing floristics over a resource gradient, changes to relative resource allocation within and between plant species in different habitats and over resource gradients at The Dandenongs, Wyperfeld National Park and The Grampians).
2007- 2013 Honours theses, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney
2006 & 2009 Postgraduate Excellence in Research Award, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney
1997 Entomological Society student prize at Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference
2010 – 2011 School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney weekly seminar series
1999 – 2000 School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, weekly postgraduate student seminar series.
Various user group committees to oversee the running of shared facilities at both The University of Sydney and Monash University; glasshouse facilities, growth cabinet facilities, animal houses.
Restructuring of second year Zoology courses, Monash University.
Regional councillor –Australian Entomological Society, 1997-2000
Organizer; Australian Entomological Society, Annual general meeting and Scientific Conference, Melbourne, 1997.
Membership in Professional Societies
Ecological Society of America
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Australian Entomological Society
Ecological Society of Australia
Australasian Society of Animal Behaviour