Dr Shane Lavery

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

My research interests have concentrated on the interface of ecology, evolution and genetics. They have dealt particularly with the application of molecular techniques to the understanding of current and historical interactions among populations of organisms, what this tells us about the evolutionary history of these species, and how we can use this information to help manage and conserve species today.

This has included:

  • the examination of population structure/connectivity and patterns of dispersal and migration
  • studying phylogeographic and biogeographic patterns of marine organisms in the Indo-Pacific
  • genetic "tagging" of organisms in order to track movement and survival, or for selective breeding applications in aquaculture
  • molecular taxonomy and the genetic identification of cryptic species, market samples or larval stages
  • elucidating current and historical patterns of population demography (estimation of population sizes and changes through time)

I have undertaken my research on a great variety of taxonomic groups, ranging from various crustacea and other invertebrates, through fishes and turtles, to cetaceans and land mammals.

Teaching | Current

Biosci 210, Biosci 322, Biosci 328, Marine 303, Biosci 395, Biosci 733, Biosci 727

Areas of expertise

Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • von Ammon, U., Wood, S. A., Laroche, O., Zaiko, A., Lavery, S. D., Inglis, G. J., & Pochon, X. (2019). Linking Environmental DNA and RNA for Improved Detection of the Marine Invasive Fanworm Sabella spallanzanii. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 610.3389/fmars.2019.00621
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xavier Pochon, Anastasija Zaiko
  • Roycroft, E. J., Le Port, A., & Lavery, S. D. (2019). Population structure and male-biased dispersal in the short-tail stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae). CONSERVATION GENETICS, 20 (4), 717-728. 10.1007/s10592-019-01167-3
  • Jones, A. T., Lavery, S. D., Le Port, A., Wang, Y.-G., Blower, D., & Ovenden, J. (2019). Sweepstakes reproductive success is absent in a New Zealand snapper (Chrysophrus auratus) population protected from fishing despite "tiny" Ne /N ratios elsewhere. Molecular ecology, 28 (12), 2986-2995. 10.1111/mec.15130
  • Plön S, Thakur, V., Parr, L., & Lavery, S. D. (2019). Phylogeography of the dugong (Dugong dugon) based on historical samples identifies vulnerable Indian Ocean populations. PloS one, 14 (9)10.1371/journal.pone.0219350
  • Ammon, U. V., Wood, S. A., Laroche, O., Zaiko, A., Tait, L., Lavery, S., ... Pochon, X. (2018). Combining morpho-taxonomy and metabarcoding enhances the detection of non-indigenous marine pests in biofouling communities. Scientific reports, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-34541-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anastasija Zaiko, Xavier Pochon
  • von Ammon, U., Wood, S. A., Laroche, O., Zaiko, A., Tait, L., Lavery, S., ... Pochon, X. (2018). The impact of artificial surfaces on marine bacterial and eukaryotic biofouling assemblages: A high-throughput sequencing analysis. Marine Environmental Research, 133, 57-66. 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.12.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anastasija Zaiko, Xavier Pochon
  • van der Reis, A. L., Laroche, O., Jeffs, A. G., & Lavery, S. D. (2018). Preliminary analysis of New Zealand scampi (Metanephrops challengeri) diet using metabarcoding. PeerJ, 610.7717/peerj.5641
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Le Port, A., Montgomery, J. C., Smith, A. N. H., Croucher, A. E., McLeod, I. M., & Lavery, S. D. (2017). Temperate marine protected area provides recruitment subsidies to local fisheries. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1865)10.1098/rspb.2017.1300
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44323
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery, Adrian Croucher


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 111
New Zealand

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