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)

  • Wong, N. A., Tooman, L. K., Sewell, M. A., & Lavery, S. D. (2016). The population genetics and origin of invasion of the invasive Asian paddle crab, Charybdis japonica (A. Milne-Edwards, 1861) (Brachyura: Portunidae) in north-eastern New Zealand. Marine Biology, 163 (6).10.1007/s00227-016-2906-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29877
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Sewell
  • Le Port, A., Roycroft, E. J., Thakur, V., & Lavery, S. D. (2016). Characterisation of eleven new polymorphic microsatellite markers for the coastal stingray Dasyatis brevicaudata (Dasyatidae Hutton 1875), and cross-amplification in seven dasyatid species. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 65, 234-237. 10.1016/j.bse.2016.02.009
  • Veale, A. J., Williams, L., Tsai, P., Thakur, V., & Lavery, S. (2016). The complete mitochondrial genomes of two chiton species (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis and Sypharochiton sinclairi) obtained using Illumina next generation sequencing. Mitochondrial DNA. Part A, DNA mapping, sequencing, and analysis, 27 (1), 537-538. 10.3109/19401736.2014.905846
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Tsai, Liam Williams
  • Gallego, R., Heimeier, D., Lavery, S., & Sewell, M. A. (2015). The meroplankton communities from the coastal Ross Sea: a latitudinal study. Hydrobiologia, 761 (1), 195-209. 10.1007/s10750-015-2487-7
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/23337
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Sewell
  • Rabone, M., Lavery, S. D., Little, A., & Clements, K. D. (2015). Discordance between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analyses of population structure in closely related triplefin fishes (Forsterygion lapillum and F. capito, F. Tripterygiidae) supports speciation with gene flow. Marine Biology, 162 (8), 1611-1624. 10.1007/s00227-015-2697-6
  • Rabone, M., Lavery, S. D., Little, A., & Clements, K. D. (2015). Discordance between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analyses of population structure in closely related triplefin fishes (Forsterygion lapillum and F-capito, F. Tripterygiidae) supports speciation with gene flow. MARINE BIOLOGY, 162 (8), 1611-1624. 10.1007/s00227-015-2697-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kendall Clements
  • Nagel, M. M., Sewell, M. A., & Lavery, S. D. (2015). Differences in population connectivity of a benthic marine invertebrate Evechinus chloroticus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) across large and small spatial scales. Conservation Genetics, 16 (4), 965-978. 10.1007/s10592-015-0716-2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Sewell
  • O'Rorke R, Jeffs, A. G., Wang, M., Waite, A. M., Beckley, L. E., & Lavery, S. D. (2015). Spinning in different directions: western rock lobster larval condition varies with eddy polarity, but does their diet?. Journal of Plankton Research, 37 (3), 542-553. 10.1093/plankt/fbv026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs