Tammy Steeves

Associate ProfessorTammy Steeves

Postgraduate Coordinator
Julius von Haast 533
Internal Phone: 95378


Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  • Schori JC., Maloney RF., Steeves TE. and Murray TJ. (2019) Evidence that reducing mammalian predators is beneficial for threatened and declining New Zealand grasshoppers. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 46(2): 149-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2018.1523201.
  • Galla SJ., Forsdick NJ., Brown L., Hoeppner MP., Knapp M., Maloney RF., Moraga R., Santure AW. and Steeves TE. (2018) Reference Genomes from Distantly Related Species Can Be Used for Discovery of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms to Inform Conservation Management.. Genes (Basel) 10(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genes10010009.
  • Bartlett MJ., Steeves TE., Gemmell NJ. and Rosengrave PC. (2017) Sperm competition risk drives rapid ejaculate adjustments mediated by seminal fluid. eLife 6 http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.28811.
  • Bennett JR., Maloney RF., Steeves TE., 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.
  • 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 of Ornithology 158(1): 333-337. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-016-1375-x.