Professor Ary HoffmannProfessor Ary Hoffmann is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow working in the areas of climate change adaptation and pest control. His group undertakes research on adaptation of organisms (particularly invertebrates) to environmental stresses including climate change and chemical pollutants, using field sites in the Victorian Alps, in tropical rainforests and in wetlands around Melbourne. His group also develops integrated pest control options for the grains and grape/wine industries, investigates how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contributes to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examines new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change. He has a strong interest in using genetic markers and invertebrate biodiversity for monitoring environmental health and developing resilience indicators for biodiversity and sustainable agricultural production. Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and heads a research team of more than 40 scientists and postgraduate students. He has co-authored two volumes on evolution under environmental stress, co-edited one volume on Wolbachia endosymbionts of insects, and contributed more than 300 papers in scientific journals. He has recently been/is a member of several editorial boards including Science, Genetics, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, and The American Naturalist. He has contributed to government committees on climate change adaptation and environmental issues, and regularly presents pure and applied research outcomes to scientific meetings and community forums.

Ary has a strong interest in the way plants and invertebrates adapt to climate change and other stresses in the Victorian Alps. His group has described patterns of local adaptation in alpine plants including grasses and forbs along elevation gradients. This work has shown that genetic factors contribute to local adaptation in some species like Poa hiemata, whereas in other species plants respond by plastic rather than genetic changes. These differences may depend on the nature of gene flow patterns in the Alps. For instance, in Poa gene flow occurs across sites with the same elevation, promoting the development of local adaptation. His group has tested the response of invertebrates to warming and along elevation gradients. His group has also contributed to the analysis of flowering time in the Victorian Alps and investigated how invertebrate predation influences the fitness of plants flowering at different times. Ary has a particular interest in developing ways in which the direct and indirect effects of climate change might lead to local degradation and extinction as well as in developing ways of increasing levels of genetic and ecological resilience in the Alps, such as through genetic translocation.

Ary can be contact by email at ary@unimelb.edu.au

or by telephone on +61 (0)3 8344 2282.