James Maino

James Maino, Honorary Research Fellow
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James researches better approaches to forecast and manage risk surrounding outbreaks of agricultural invertebrate pests. Part of this work aims to address the increasing problem of pesticide resistance in Australia, whereby a combination of resistance surveillance, novel genetic techniques, and predictive modelling are used to develop management strategies. He is interested in using the latest digital resources (e.g. satellite based climatic and land-usage data) and analysis methods that incorporate mechanistic processes to better predict pest dynamics so that impacts can be anticipated and minimised.
In 2016 James was jointly awarded a PhD at the University of Melbourne and Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) under the supervision of Michael Kearney and Bas Kooijman.

Current Projects:
James is currently involved with research projects on some important species of aphids and mites, aiming to develop better management practices that utilise a variety of control strategies, in the face of increasing chemical resistance problems.James also is applying modern data sets and analysis techniques to better assess risks of biosecurity threats to agriculture, which not only includes novel species, but novel biotypes (i.e. new genes that occur overseas but not in domestic varieties).


2018 Climate contributes to the evolution of pesticide resistance
JL Maino, PA Umina, AA Hoffmann
Global Ecology and Biogeography 27 (2), 223-232
2018 No longer a west-side story–pesticide resistance discovered in the eastern range of a major Australian crop pest, Halotydeus destructor (Acari: Penthaleidae)
JL Maino, M Binns, P Umina
Crop and Pasture Science 69 (2), 216-221
2017 The universality of the von Bertalanffy growth curve. Comment on:; Physics of metabolic organization; by Marko Jusup et al.
JL Maino, MR Kearney
Physics of life reviews 20, 63-65
2017 The effect of egg size on hatch time and metabolic rate: theoretical and empirical insights on developing insect embryos
JL Maino, EI Pirtle, MR Kearney
Functional Ecology 31 (1), 227-234
2016 Mechanistic models for predicting insect responses to climate change
JL Maino, JD Kong, AA Hoffmann, MG Barton, MR Kearney
Current opinion in insect science 17, 81-86
2015 Ontogenetic and interspecific scaling of consumption in insects
JL Maino, MR Kearney
Oikos 124 (12), 1564-1570
2015 A dynamic energy budget for the whole life‐cycle of holometabolous insects
AL Llandres, GM Marques, JL Maino, S Kooijman, MR Kearney, J Casas
Ecological Monographs 85 (3), 353-371
2015 Testing mechanistic models of growth in insects
JL Maino, MR Kearney
Proc. R. Soc. B 282 (1819), 20151973
2014 Reconciling theories for metabolic scaling
JL Maino, MR Kearney, RM Nisbet, SALM Kooijman
Journal of Animal Ecology 83 (1), 20-29
2014 Ontogenetic and interspecific metabolic scaling in insects
JL Maino, MR Kearney
The American Naturalist 184 (6), 695-701

• Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne 2016
• Student Paper of the Year Award (Runner-up), The American Naturalist 2015
• Elton Prize for best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology by a young researcher 2014