Dr Fleur Ponton

A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 1975

Website Level 4 D17 Charles Perkins Centre
Personal webpage

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 grants

2013

  • Integrating nutritional immunology; Simpson S, Holmes A, Ponton F, Wilson K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Nutritional immunology: a new frontier in biology; Ponton F, Simpson S; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gonzalez-Tokman, D., Ruch, J., Pulpitel, T., Ponton, F. (2014). Cuticular antifungals in spiders: Density- and condition dependence. PLoS One, 9(3), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Pernice, M., Simpson, S., Ponton, F. (2014). Towards an integrated understanding of gut microbiota using insects as model systems. Journal of Insect Physiology, 68(2014), 12-18. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Holmes, A., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2013). Integrating nutrition and immunology: A new frontier. Journal of Insect Physiology, 59(2), 130-137. [More Information]
  • Chapuis, M., Tohidi-Esfahani, D., Dodgson, T., Blondin, L., Ponton, F., Cullen, D., Simpson, S., Sword, G. (2011). Assessment and validation of a suite of reverse transcription-quantitative PCR reference genes for analyses of density-dependent behavioural plasticity in the Australian plague locust. BMC Molecular Biology, 12, 7-1-7-11. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Chapuis, M., Pernice, M., Sword, G., Simpson, S. (2011). Evaluation of potential reference genes for reverse transcription-qPCR studies of physiological responses in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology, 57(6), 840-850. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Lalubin, F., Fromont, C., Wilson, K., Behm, C., Simpson, S. (2011). Hosts use altered macronutrient intake to circumvent parasite-induced reduction in fecundity. International Journal for Parasitology, 41, 43-50. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2011). Nutritional immunology: a multi-dimensional approach. PLoS Pathogens, 7(12), 1 - e1002223-3. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Otalora-Luna, F., Lefevre, T., Guerin, P., Lebarbenchon, C., Duneau, D., Biron, D., Thomas, F. (2011). Water-seeking behavior in worm-infected crickets and reversibility of parasitic manipulation. Behavioral Ecology, 22(2), 392-400. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Duneau, D., Sanchez, M., Courtiol, A., Terekhin, A., Budilova, E., Renaud, F., Thomas, F. (2009). Effect of parasite-induced behavioral alterations on juvenile development. Behavioral Ecology, 20(5), 1020-1025.

Conferences

  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Holmes, A., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2012). Nutritional immunology: A multi-dimensional approach. XXIV International Congress of Entomology 'New Era in Entomology', Daegu, Korea: The Entomological Society of Korea.

2014

  • Gonzalez-Tokman, D., Ruch, J., Pulpitel, T., Ponton, F. (2014). Cuticular antifungals in spiders: Density- and condition dependence. PLoS One, 9(3), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Pernice, M., Simpson, S., Ponton, F. (2014). Towards an integrated understanding of gut microbiota using insects as model systems. Journal of Insect Physiology, 68(2014), 12-18. [More Information]

2013

  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Holmes, A., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2013). Integrating nutrition and immunology: A new frontier. Journal of Insect Physiology, 59(2), 130-137. [More Information]

2012

  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Holmes, A., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2012). Nutritional immunology: A multi-dimensional approach. XXIV International Congress of Entomology 'New Era in Entomology', Daegu, Korea: The Entomological Society of Korea.

2011

  • Chapuis, M., Tohidi-Esfahani, D., Dodgson, T., Blondin, L., Ponton, F., Cullen, D., Simpson, S., Sword, G. (2011). Assessment and validation of a suite of reverse transcription-quantitative PCR reference genes for analyses of density-dependent behavioural plasticity in the Australian plague locust. BMC Molecular Biology, 12, 7-1-7-11. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Chapuis, M., Pernice, M., Sword, G., Simpson, S. (2011). Evaluation of potential reference genes for reverse transcription-qPCR studies of physiological responses in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology, 57(6), 840-850. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Lalubin, F., Fromont, C., Wilson, K., Behm, C., Simpson, S. (2011). Hosts use altered macronutrient intake to circumvent parasite-induced reduction in fecundity. International Journal for Parasitology, 41, 43-50. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Wilson, K., Cotter, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2011). Nutritional immunology: a multi-dimensional approach. PLoS Pathogens, 7(12), 1 - e1002223-3. [More Information]
  • Ponton, F., Otalora-Luna, F., Lefevre, T., Guerin, P., Lebarbenchon, C., Duneau, D., Biron, D., Thomas, F. (2011). Water-seeking behavior in worm-infected crickets and reversibility of parasitic manipulation. Behavioral Ecology, 22(2), 392-400. [More Information]

2009

  • Ponton, F., Duneau, D., Sanchez, M., Courtiol, A., Terekhin, A., Budilova, E., Renaud, F., Thomas, F. (2009). Effect of parasite-induced behavioral alterations on juvenile development. Behavioral Ecology, 20(5), 1020-1025.

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