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

Our "ideas" paper on the multi- dimensional nature of individual niche variation has been published online ahead of print in Ecology. Thanks Marcio and Raul!


New publication in Evolutionary Ecology Research based on Steph and Travis' lake-stream kōaro project from last summer


Travis presented our framework for studying multivariate niche variation at the Statistical Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (SEEM) conference in Queenstown


Welcome to the lab visiting PhD student Christina Service (UVic), who is investigating niche variation in black and white bears in Canada


Raul Costa Pereira visited the lab from UNESP Rio Claro in Brazil, to work on his analyses of competition and individual specialisation in frogs



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.