Dr Chrissie Painting

Chrissie Painting


Qualifications: BSc Hons - Lincoln University, PhD University of Auckland

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Research Interests

I’m a behavioural ecologist with a particular interest in what drives diversity in exaggerated traits, such as weapons and ornaments. This fits into a central goal of evolutionary biology which is to understand patterns in the variation of animal phenotypes. My rangahau (research) is primarily on arthropods including beetles, harvestmen, spiders and fiddler crabs, which has seen me undertake projects around the world. I have a broad interest in many aspects of natural history, but I tend to be drawn to peculiar-looking creatures that have so far escaped scientific attention.

Recent Publications

  • Powell, E. C., Painting, C. J., Hickey, A. J., & Holwell, G. I. (2020). Defining an intrasexual male weapon polymorphism in a New Zealand harvestman (Opiliones: Neopilionidae) using traditional and geometric morphometrics. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 130(2), 395-409. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blaa040

  • O'Brien, D. M., Boisseau, R. P., Duell, M., McCullough, E., Powell, E. C., Somjee, U., . . . Emlen, D. J. (2019). Muscle mass drives cost in sexually selected arthropod weapons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1905). doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.1063

  • Zeng, H., Wee, S. S. E., Painting, C. J., Zhang, S., & Li, D. (2019). Equivalent effect of UV coloration and vibratory signal on mating success in a jumping spider. Behavioral Ecology, 30(2), 313-321. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary167

  • McCambridge, J. E., Painting, C. J., Walker, L. A., & Holwell, G. I. (2019). Weapon allometry and phenotypic correlation in the New Zealand sheetweb spider Cambridgea plagiata. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 126(2), 349-359. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/bly170

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Animal Behaviour; Biology; Ecology

Behavioural Ecology; Evolution; Entomology; Sexual Selection

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Painting, Dr Chrissie 9639 cpaintin R.2.20 Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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