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.
- Forsdick NJ., Martini D., Brown L., Cross HB., Maloney RF., Steeves TE. and Knapp M. (2021) Genomic sequencing confirms absence of introgression despite past hybridisation between a critically endangered bird and its common congener. Global Ecology and Conservation 28 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01681.
- 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 SN., McLaughlin GM., Buckley TR., Cox MP., Handley KM., Steeves TE., Strabala TJ., McDougal R. and Dearden PK. (2020) Opportunities for modern genetic technologies to maintain and enhance aotearoa New Zealand’s bioheritage. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 44(2): 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.44.22.
- Kingsley MR., Lavers JL., Steeves TE. and Burridge CP. (2020) Genetic distinctiveness of Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) on Bedout Island, Western Australia. Emu 120(2): 150-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2019.1663125.
- Overbeek A., Galla S., Brown L., Cleland S., Thyne C., Maloney R. and Steeves T. (2020) Pedigree validation using genetic markers in an intensively- managed taonga species, the critically endangered kakī (Himantopus novaezelandiae). Notornis 67: 709-709.
Research group: www.ucconsert.org