My research interests focus on the ecological and evolutionary processes that contribute to the formation and maintenance of species boundaries, and the application of this knowledge to enhance the recovery of species at risk. I co-lead the Conservation, Systematics and Evolution Research Team (ConSERT) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury. In partnership with relevant Māori (indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand) tribes (iwi or hapū) and in collaboration with conservation practitioners, we use genomic and non-genomic data to co-develop conservation genetic management strategies for some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rarest taonga (treasured) species.
- Galla SJ., Moraga R., Brown L., Cleland S., Hoeppner MP., Maloney RF., Richardson A., Slater L., Santure AW. and Steeves TE. (2020) A comparison of pedigree, genetic and genomic estimates of relatedness for informing pairing decisions in two critically endangered birds: Implications for conservation breeding programmes worldwide. Evolutionary Applications 13(5): 991-1008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eva.12916.
- Inwood S., McLaughlin G., Buckley T., Cox M., Handley K., Steeves T., Strabala T., McDougal R. and Dearden P. (2020) Opportunities for modern genetic technologies to maintain and enhance Aotearoa New Zealand’s bioheritage. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 44(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.44.22.
- Collier-Robinson L., Rayne A., Rupene M., Thoms C. and Steeves T. (2019) Embedding indigenous principles in genomic research of culturally significant species: a conservation genomics case study. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 43(3) 3389 http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.43.36.
- Galla SJ., Forsdick NJ., Brown L., Hoeppner MP., Knapp M., Maloney RF., Moraga R., Santure AW. and Steeves TE. (2019) Reference genomes from distantly related species can be used for discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms to inform conservation management. Genes 10(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genes10010009.
- Kingsley MR., Lavers JL., Steeves TE. and Burridge CP. (2019) Genetic distinctiveness of Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) on Bedout Island, Western Australia. Emu http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2019.1663125.
Research group: www.ucconsert.org