Dr James O'Hanlon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Environmental and Rural Science

James O'Hanlon

Phone: +61 2 6773 1821

Email: johanlon@une.edu.au


Scientist and science communicator interested in how animals perceive and interact with the world around. I work on animals such as ants, stick insects, praying mantises and spiders.

As a research fellow at the University of New England I am studying the interactions between ants, plants and stick insects. Ants collect tree seeds and stick insect eggs, and carry them into their nests. I want to understand what impact this has on the distribution patterns of plants and stick insects across Australia.

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BMarSci, MPhil, PhD

Research Interests

  • Animal Behaviour,
  • Animal Ecology,
  • Signalling,
  • Deception,
  • Natural History,
  • Science Communication


Stanton A.E., Dias D.A., O’Hanlon J.C. (2015) Egg dispersal in the Phasmatodea: convergence in chemical signalling strategies between plants and animals? Journal of Chemical Ecology 41(8):689-695 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10886-015-0604-8

White T.E., Dalrymple R.L., Noble D.W.A., O’Hanlon J.C., Zurek D.B., Umbers K.D.L. (2015) Reproducible research in the study of biological colouration. Animal Behaviour 106:51-57 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347215001864

O’Hanlon J.C., Holwell, G.I., Herberstein, M.E. (2014) Predatory pollinator deception: does the orchid mantis resemble a model species? Current Zoology 60:90-103  http://www.currentzoology.org/temp/%7B3E2BECB0-59F7-49BD-8B76-4D2B221A61E1%7D.pdf

O’Hanlon J.C., Holwell, G.I., Herberstein, M.E. (2014) Pollinator deception in the orchid mantis. American Naturalist 183:126-132 http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/673858