Kelly Richardson

Kelly Richardson, Research Officer

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Kelly has an interest in disease and the roles animals and the environment play in disease transmission. She explored this as an honours student with the PEARG Mosquito Group in early 2008 where she investigated the thermal responses of larval mosquitoes and the influence of climatic changes on their microclimates and potential range in Australia. Since then, she has spent over seven years working with PEARG on a range of projects including the fitness of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia, the resistance of various wheat lines to the wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella and the wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses of mites and wheat plants. Since October 2013, Kelly has worked on detecting and characterising Wolbachia in a diverse range of Drosophila species from around Australia. She has detected a number of interesting strains including some male-killers!

Current Projects:
Detecting and characterising Wolbachia in a diverse range of Drosophila species


Richardson, K. M., Hoffmann, A. A., Johnson, P., Ritchie, S., Kearney, M. (2011), Thermal sensitivity of Aedes aegypti from Australia: empirical data and prediction of effects on distribution. Journal of Medical Entomology, 48:914-923

Yeap, H. L., Mee P., Walker, T., Weeks, A. R., O’Neill, S. L., Johnson, P., Ritchie, S. A., Richardson, K. M., Doig, C., Endersby, N. M., Hoffmann, A. A. (2011), Dynamics of the “Popcorn” Wolbachia infection in outbred Aedes aegypti informs prospects for mosquito vector control. Genetics, 187:583-595

Richardson, K.M., Hoffmann, A. A., Johnson, P., Ritchie, S.R. and Kearney, M.R. (2012), A replicated comparison of breeding-container suitability for the dengue vector Aedes aegypti in tropical and temperate Australia. Austral Ecology, 38:2019-229

Richardson, K., Miller, A.D., Hoffmann, A.A., Larkin, P. (2014), ‘Potential new sources of wheat curl mite resistance in wheat to prevent the spread of yield-reducing pathogens. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 64:1-19

Richardson, K.M., Schiffer, M., Griffin, P.C., Lee, S.F., Hoffmann, A.A. (2016), Tropical Drosophila pandora carry Wolbachia infections causing cytoplasmic incompatibility or male killing. Evolution, 70:1791-1802

Ross, P.A., Axford, J.K., Richardson, K.M., Endersby-Harshman, N.M., Hoffmann, A.A. (2017). Maintaining Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Infected with Wolbachia’. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 126:e56124

Turelli, M., Cooper, B.S., Richardson, K.M., Ginsberg, P.S., Peckenpaugh, B., Antelope, C.X., Kim, K.J., May, M.R., Abrieux, A., Wilson, D.A., Bronski, M.J., Moore, B.R., Gao, J., Eisen, M.B., Chiu, J.C., Conner, W.R., Hoffmann, A.A. (in press), Rapid global spread of wRi-like Wolbachia across multiple Drosophila. Current Biology



Australian and New Zealand Society of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry – Sydney, 2008


2008 B.Sc (Hon) – The University of Melbourne

2008 Diploma of Arts (Environmental Studies) – The University of Melbourne

Best presentation by an Honours student – Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, 2008