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, Biosci 333, Biosci 395, Biosci 733, Biosci 727

Areas of expertise

Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery, Adrian Croucher
  • Gallego, R., Dennis, T., Basher, Z., Lavery, S., & Sewell, M. (2017). On the need to consider multiphasic sensitivity of marine organisms to climate change: A case study of the Antarctic acorn barnacle. Journal of Biogeography, 44 (10), 2165-2175. 10.1111/jbi.13023
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Sewell
  • Farhadi, A., Jeffs, A. G., Farahmand, H., Rejiniemon, T. S., Smith, G., & Lavery, S. D. (2017). Mechanisms of peripheral phylogeographic divergence in the indo-Pacific: Lessons from the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17 (1)10.1186/s12862-017-1050-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Yellapu, B., Jeffs, A., Battaglene, S., & Lavery, S. D. (2017). Population subdivision in the tropical spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus throughout its Indo-West Pacific distribution. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74 (3), 759-768. 10.1093/icesjms/fsw184
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Farhadi, A., Farahmand, H., Nematollahi, M. A., Jeffs, A., & Lavery, S. D. (2016). Mitochondrial DNA population structure of the scalloped lobster Panulirus homarus (Linnaeus 1758) from the West Indian Ocean (vol 70, pg 1491, 2013). ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, 73 (10), 2747-2747. 10.1093/icesjms/fsw082