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., 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Research group: www.ucconsert.org