Travis Ingram's Research Group

Ecology and Evolution in New Zealand's Fresh Waters

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Welcome to our lab group! We study the interplay between evolutionary and ecological processes in shaping biodiversity. Our current research focuses on freshwater fish in New Zealand, but we have also worked in other systems including lizards and marine fish. Our interests include food web dynamics, intraspecific niche variation, the evolutionary consequences of species interactions, and the use of phylogenetic trees to ask questions about adaptive radiations.

Lab News


Welcome to the lab Grace Yee, MSc student. Grace is studying niche overlap between kiore and shiprats, and spent a week collecting data in the Chatham Islands in March   (with Travis and co-supervisor   Priscilla Wehi of Landcare Research)


Travis (along with many great collaborators) has a paper out in Proceedings B on anole dewlap   size evolution and speciation


Travis, Marine, and Nicky presented their research at the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society meeting in Invercargill in Dec 2016


Scott Morrison, M.Sc. has had his final thesis accepted



We are located at the University of Otago, in Dunedin on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Our home is the Department of Zoology, and our field sites include lakes, wetlands and streams throughout the South Island.