Dr Fiona Clissold

A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3259

Website Room 320, A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
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Research interests

Member of the Behaviour and Physiology Research Lab

The Behaviour and Physiology Research Group (BPRG), led by Steve Simpson, studies the neural, physiological, ecological and evolutionary bases of animal behaviour. The group's emphasis is 'bottom-up', in that we are especially concerned with the way in which lower-level processes lead to higher level outcomes. Our approach focuses on the behaviour of individual organisms and involves an interplay between theory and experiment. Most of our experimental work is on insects, although recent work has examined fish, birds and mammals - including humans. Techniques employed include the quantitative analysis of behaviour, neurophysiology, metabolic and digestive physiology, mathematical modelling, computer simulations and laboratory selection experiments.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Clissold, F., Coggan, N., Simpson, S. (2013). Insect herbivores can choose microclimates to achieve nutritional homeostasis. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(11), 2089-2096. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F., Brown, Z., Simpson, S. (2013). Protein-induced mass increase of the gastrointestinal tract of locusts improves net nutrient uptake via larger meals rather than more efficient nutrient absorption. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(2), 329-337. [More Information]
  • Jensen, K., Mayntz, D., Toft, S., Clissold, F., Hunt, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2012). Optimal foraging for specific nutrients in predatory beetles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 279(1736), 2212-2218. [More Information]
  • Onoda, Y., Westoby, M., Adler, P., Choong, A., Clissold, F., Cornelissen, J., Dıaz, S., Dominy, N., Elgart, A., Enrico, L., McArthur, C., et al (2011). Global patterns of leaf mechanical properties. Ecology Letters, 14(3), 301-312.
  • Buhl, J., Sword, G., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2011). Group structure in locust migratory bands. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(2), 265-273. [More Information]
  • Coggan, N., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2011). Locusts use dynamic thermoregulatory behaviour to optimize nutritional outcomes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 278(1719), 2745-2752. [More Information]
  • Ballard, J., Melvin, R., Lazarou, M., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2010). Cost of a Naturally Occurring Two–Amino Acid Deletion in Cytochrome c Oxidase Subunit 7A in Drosophila simulans. The American Naturalist, 176, E98-E108.
  • Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D., Charleston, M., Clissold, F. (2010). Modelling nutritional interactions: from individuals to communities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(1), 53-60. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F., Tedder, B., Conigrave, A., Simpson, S. (2010). The gastrointestinal tract as a nutrient-balancing organ. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 227(1688), 1751-1759. [More Information]
  • McArthur, C., Bradshaw, O., Jordan, G., Clissold, F., Pile, A. (2010). Wind affects morphology, function, and chemistry of eucalypt tree seedlings. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 171(1), 73-80.
  • Gray, L., Sword, G., Anstey, M., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2009). Behavioural phase polyphenism in the Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera). Biology Letters, 5(3), 306-309.
  • Read, J., Sanson, G., Caldwell, E., Clissold, F., Chatain, A., Peeters, P., Lamont, B., De Garine-Wichatitsky, M., Jaffre, T., Kerr, S. (2009). Correlations between leaf toughness and phenolics among species in contrasting environments of Australia and New Caledonia. Annals of Botany, 103(5), 757-767.
  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J., Simpson, S. (2009). Gross vs. net income: How plant toughness affects performance of an insect herbivore. Ecology, 90(12), 3393-3405. [More Information]
  • Munn, A., Clissold, F., Tarszisz, E., Kimpton, K., Dickman, C., Hume, I. (2009). Hindgut Plasticity in Wallabies Fed Hay either Unchopped or Ground and Pelleted: Fiber Is Not the Only Factor. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: ecological and evolutionary approaches, 82(3), 270-279.
  • Maklakov, A., Hall, M., Simpson, S., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaux, S., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2009). Sex differences in nutrient - dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell, 8(3), 324-330. [More Information]
  • Maklakov, A., Hall, M., Simpson, S., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaux, S., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2009). Sex differences in nutrient-dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell, 8(3), 324-330.
  • Miller, G., Clissold, F., Mayntz, D., Simpson, S. (2009). Speed over efficiency: locusts select body temperatures that favour growth rate over efficient nutrient utilization. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 276(1673), 3581-3589.
  • Lee, K., Simpson, S., Clissold, F., Brooks, R., Ballard, J., Taylor, P., Soran, N., Raubenheimer, D. (2008). Lifespan and reproduction in Drosophila: New insights from nutritional geometry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 105(7), 2498-2503.
  • Maklakov, A., Simpson, S., Zajitschek, F., Hall, M., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2008). Sex-specific fitness effects of nutrient intake on reproduction and lifespan. Current Biology, 18(14), 1062-1066. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F. (2008). The Biomechanics of Chewing and Plant Fracture: Mechanisms and Implications. Advances in Insect Physiology, 34(1), 317-372.
  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J. (2006). The paradoxical effects of nutrient ratios and supply rates on an outbreaking insect herbivore, the Australian plague locust. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75(4), 1000-1013.
  • Gras, E., Read, J., Mach, C., Sanson, G., Clissold, F. (2005). Herbivore damage, resource richness and putative defences in juvenile verses adult eucalyptus leaves. Australian Journal of Botany, 53(1), 33-44.
  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J. (2004). Indigestibility of plant cell wall by the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 112(3), 159-168.
  • Read, J., Gras, E., Sanson, G., Clissold, F., Brunt, C. (2003). Does chemical defence decline more in developing leaves that become strong and tough at maturity? Australian Journal of Botany, 51, 489-496.

2013

  • Clissold, F., Coggan, N., Simpson, S. (2013). Insect herbivores can choose microclimates to achieve nutritional homeostasis. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(11), 2089-2096. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F., Brown, Z., Simpson, S. (2013). Protein-induced mass increase of the gastrointestinal tract of locusts improves net nutrient uptake via larger meals rather than more efficient nutrient absorption. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(2), 329-337. [More Information]

2012

  • Jensen, K., Mayntz, D., Toft, S., Clissold, F., Hunt, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2012). Optimal foraging for specific nutrients in predatory beetles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 279(1736), 2212-2218. [More Information]

2011

  • Onoda, Y., Westoby, M., Adler, P., Choong, A., Clissold, F., Cornelissen, J., Dıaz, S., Dominy, N., Elgart, A., Enrico, L., McArthur, C., et al (2011). Global patterns of leaf mechanical properties. Ecology Letters, 14(3), 301-312.
  • Buhl, J., Sword, G., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2011). Group structure in locust migratory bands. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(2), 265-273. [More Information]
  • Coggan, N., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2011). Locusts use dynamic thermoregulatory behaviour to optimize nutritional outcomes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 278(1719), 2745-2752. [More Information]

2010

  • Ballard, J., Melvin, R., Lazarou, M., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2010). Cost of a Naturally Occurring Two–Amino Acid Deletion in Cytochrome c Oxidase Subunit 7A in Drosophila simulans. The American Naturalist, 176, E98-E108.
  • Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D., Charleston, M., Clissold, F. (2010). Modelling nutritional interactions: from individuals to communities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(1), 53-60. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F., Tedder, B., Conigrave, A., Simpson, S. (2010). The gastrointestinal tract as a nutrient-balancing organ. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 227(1688), 1751-1759. [More Information]
  • McArthur, C., Bradshaw, O., Jordan, G., Clissold, F., Pile, A. (2010). Wind affects morphology, function, and chemistry of eucalypt tree seedlings. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 171(1), 73-80.

2009

  • Gray, L., Sword, G., Anstey, M., Clissold, F., Simpson, S. (2009). Behavioural phase polyphenism in the Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera). Biology Letters, 5(3), 306-309.
  • Read, J., Sanson, G., Caldwell, E., Clissold, F., Chatain, A., Peeters, P., Lamont, B., De Garine-Wichatitsky, M., Jaffre, T., Kerr, S. (2009). Correlations between leaf toughness and phenolics among species in contrasting environments of Australia and New Caledonia. Annals of Botany, 103(5), 757-767.
  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J., Simpson, S. (2009). Gross vs. net income: How plant toughness affects performance of an insect herbivore. Ecology, 90(12), 3393-3405. [More Information]
  • Munn, A., Clissold, F., Tarszisz, E., Kimpton, K., Dickman, C., Hume, I. (2009). Hindgut Plasticity in Wallabies Fed Hay either Unchopped or Ground and Pelleted: Fiber Is Not the Only Factor. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: ecological and evolutionary approaches, 82(3), 270-279.
  • Maklakov, A., Hall, M., Simpson, S., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaux, S., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2009). Sex differences in nutrient - dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell, 8(3), 324-330. [More Information]
  • Maklakov, A., Hall, M., Simpson, S., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaux, S., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2009). Sex differences in nutrient-dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell, 8(3), 324-330.
  • Miller, G., Clissold, F., Mayntz, D., Simpson, S. (2009). Speed over efficiency: locusts select body temperatures that favour growth rate over efficient nutrient utilization. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B Biological Sciences, 276(1673), 3581-3589.

2008

  • Lee, K., Simpson, S., Clissold, F., Brooks, R., Ballard, J., Taylor, P., Soran, N., Raubenheimer, D. (2008). Lifespan and reproduction in Drosophila: New insights from nutritional geometry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 105(7), 2498-2503.
  • Maklakov, A., Simpson, S., Zajitschek, F., Hall, M., Dessmann, J., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R., Brooks, R. (2008). Sex-specific fitness effects of nutrient intake on reproduction and lifespan. Current Biology, 18(14), 1062-1066. [More Information]
  • Clissold, F. (2008). The Biomechanics of Chewing and Plant Fracture: Mechanisms and Implications. Advances in Insect Physiology, 34(1), 317-372.

2006

  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J. (2006). The paradoxical effects of nutrient ratios and supply rates on an outbreaking insect herbivore, the Australian plague locust. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75(4), 1000-1013.

2005

  • Gras, E., Read, J., Mach, C., Sanson, G., Clissold, F. (2005). Herbivore damage, resource richness and putative defences in juvenile verses adult eucalyptus leaves. Australian Journal of Botany, 53(1), 33-44.

2004

  • Clissold, F., Sanson, G., Read, J. (2004). Indigestibility of plant cell wall by the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 112(3), 159-168.

2003

  • Read, J., Gras, E., Sanson, G., Clissold, F., Brunt, C. (2003). Does chemical defence decline more in developing leaves that become strong and tough at maturity? Australian Journal of Botany, 51, 489-496.

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