Andrew Cridge



Dr Andrew Cridge is a molecular entomologist with experience in biosecurity, biocontrol, insect genomics and genome evolution. His research focuses on developing integrated and sustainable solutions to detect and manage invasive insects of New Zealand’s native and productive ecosystems.


  • PhD (Biochemistry) University of Otago, New Zealand - 2005
  • BSc  (Honours) (Biochemistry) Lincoln University, New Zealand  - 1994

Research capabilities

  • Entomology
  • Biosecurity
  • Invasive species management
  • Biological control
  • Integrated pest management systems
  • Insect genetics and genome evolution
  • Insecticide resistance and pharmacogenomics
  • Insect developmental biology
  • Environmental DNA
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Science outreach and citizen science

Career highlights

  • Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2018–2020
  • Research Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2013–2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2012–2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand, 2008–2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., 2006-2008

Selected papers

Shain DH, Novis PM, Cridge AG, Zawierucha K, Geneva AJ, Dearden PK. (2021). Five animal phyla in glacier ice reveal unprecedented biodiversity in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Scientific Reports 11(1):3898

Oliphant, A., Hawkes, M. K. N., Cridge, A. G., & Dearden, P. K. (2020). Transcriptomic characterisation of neuropeptides and their putative cognate G protein-coupled receptors during late embryo and stage-1 juvenile development of the Aotearoa-New Zealand crayfish, Paranephrops zealandicus. General & Comparative Endocrinology. 292:113443

Panfilio et al. The Oncopeltus fasciatus genome sequencing consortium (includes Cridge, A.G.) (2019) Molecular evolutionary trends and feeding ecology diversification in the Hemiptera, anchored by the milkweed bug genome. Genome Biology DOI:10.1186/s13059-018-1514-0

Arisen, et al. The Gerris buenoi genome sequencing consortium (includes Cridge, A.G.) (2018) The genome of the Gerris buenoi reveals expansions of gene repertoires associated with adaptations to life on the water. BMC Genomics, 19(1):832.

Poynton et al. The Hyalella azteca genome sequencing consortium (includes Cridge, A.G.) (2018) The Toxicogenome of Hyalella azteca: a model for sediment ecotoxicology and evolutionary toxicology Environmental Science & Technology 52(10):6009-6022

Pushparajan, C., Goswami, S. K., McAdam, C. J. Hanton, L. R., Dearden, P. K., Moratti, S. C., and Cridge, A. G. (2017) A mechanically strengthened polyacrylamide gel matrix fully compatible with electrophoresis of proteins and nucleic acids. Electrophoresis, 39:824-832

Cridge, A.G., Lovegrove, M, Skelly, J., Taylor, S., Petersen, G., Cameron, R. and Peter Dearden (2017) The Honeybee as a model insect for developmental genetics. Genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development, 55:e23019

Saha, et. al. The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) genome sequencing consortium (includes Cridge, A.G.) (2017) Improving the annotation of the insect vector of Citrusgreening disease: biocuration by a diverse genomics community Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, bax032

Cridge, A. G., Dearden, P. K. and Brownfield L.R. (2016) Convergent occurrence of the developmental hourglass in plant and animal embryogenesis? Annals of Botany 117(5): 833-843

Cridge, A. G., Leask, P. L., Duncan, E. J. and Dearden, P. K. (2015) What Do Studies of Insect Polyphenisms Tell Us about Nutritionally-Triggered Epigenomic Changes and Their Consequences? Nutrients 7(3):1787-1797

Cridge B. J. and Cridge, A.G. (2015) Evaluating how universities engage school students with science: a model based on the analysis of the literature Australian Universities’ Review 57(1):34-44

The Bumblebee genome sequencing consortium (includes Cridge, A.G.) (2015) The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization. Genome Biology 16(1):76

Bray B. J. and Cridge, A.G. (2013) Can education programmes effect long-term behavioural change? International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research 2(2):27-33.

Smith, J. M., Cridge, A. G. and Dearden, P. K. (2010) Germ cell specific and ovary structure in the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis. EvoDevo 1(1):5