Qualifications & Awards
My main research interests focus on the ecological and evolutionary processes that contribute to the formation and maintenance of species boundaries, particularly in threatened shorebirds and seabirds. The novelty of my research stems from my application of population genetic, phylogeographic and phylogenetic methods to ancient and modern DNA to: (1) test explicit hypotheses regarding the evolutionary histories of natural populations and (2) develop conservation genetic management strategies for species at risk.
- Overbeek AL., Hauber ME., Brown E., Cleland S., Maloney RF. and Steeves TE. (2017) Evidence for brood parasitism in a critically endangered Charadriiform with implications for conservation. Journal für Ornithologie 158(1): 333-337. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-016-1375-x.
- Steeves TE., Bennett JR., Maloney RF., Brazill-Boast J., Possingham HP. and Seddon PJ. (2017) Spending limited resources on de-extinction could lead to net biodiversity loss. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1 0053 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0053.
- Steeves TE., Johnson JA. and Hale ME. (2017) Maximising evolutionary potential in functional proxies for extinct species: a conservation genetic perspective on de-extinction. Functional Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12843.
- Galla SJ., Buckley TR., Elshire R., Hale ML., Knapp M., Mccallum J., Moraga R., Santure AW., Wilcox P. and Steeves TE. (2016) Building strong relationships between conservation genetics and primary industry leads to mutually beneficial genomic advances. Molecular Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13837.
- Schori J., Murray TJ., Steeves T. and Maloney RF. (2016) Development of accurate population monitoring methods for Brachaspis robustus, a highly cryptic endangered grasshopper species endemic to NZ. Brisbane, Australia: Society for Conservation Biology Oceania 4th Congress, 6-8 Jul 2016