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Professor Jon Waters

Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory, Department of Zoology

jon-watersJon Waters' research group studies the ecological and evolutionary genetics of natural populations. Current projects focus on genetic connectivity among marine populations, rates of molecular evolution, and how species respond to environmental change.

Jon is a member of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution.

Jon Waters' profile on the Department of Zoology website


Jon is the course coordinator for GENE 411 Current Topics in Genetics.

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Areas of genetic research

Recent publicaitons

McCulloch, G.A., Wallis, G.P. and Waters, J.M. Do insects lose flight before they lose their wings? Population genetic structure in subalpine stoneflies. Molecular Ecology 18:in press.

Crow, S.K., Waters, J.M., Closs, G.P., and Wallis, G.P. Morphological and genetic analysis of Galaxias 'southern' and G. gollumoides: interspecific differentiation and intraspecific structuring. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39:43-62 (2009).

Wallis, G., Wallis L. and Waters, J. What, if anything, is Galaxias vulgaris? 20 years of research on galaxiid speciation. New Zealand Science Review 66:21-25 (2009)

Boessenkool, S., King, T.M., Seddon, P.J. & Waters, J.M. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Molecular Ecology Resources 8, 1043-1045 (2008).

Burridge, C.P., Craw, D., Fletcher, D. & Waters, J.M. Geological dates and molecular rates: Fish DNA sheds light on time dependency. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25, 624-633 (2008).

Burridge, C.P., Craw, D., Jack, D.C., King, T.M. & Waters, J.M. Does fish ecology predict dispersal across a river drainage divide? Evolution 62, 1484-1499 (2008).

Craw, D., Burridge, C.P., Upton, P., Rowe, D.L. & Waters, J.M. Evolution of biological dispersal corridors through a tectonically active mountain range in New Zealand. Journal of Biogeography 35, 1790-1802 (2008).

Craw, D., Burridge, C., Anderson, L. & Waters, J.M. Late Quaternary river drainage and fish evolution, Southland, New Zealand. Geomorphology 84, 98-110 (2007).

Craw, D., Burridge, C., Norris, R. & Waters, J. Genetic ages for Quaternary topographic evolution: A new dating tool. Geology 36, 19-22 (2008).

Craw, D., Burridge, C. & Waters, J. Geological and biological evidence for drainage reorientation during uplift of alluvial basins, central Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 50, 367-376 (2007).

Fraser, C.I., Hay, C.H., Spencer, H.G. & Waters, J.M. Genetic and Morphological Analyses of the Southern Bull Kelp Durvillaea Antartica (Phaeophyceae: Durvillaealeas) in New Zealand reveal Cryptic Species .Journal of Phycology 45, 436-443 (2009).

Fraser, C.I., Nikula, R., Spencer, H.G. & Waters, J.M. Kelp genes reveal effects of subantarctic sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, 3249-3253 (2009).

Grueber, C.E., King, T.M., Waters, J.M. & Jamieson, I.G. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the endangered New Zealand takahe (Gruiformes; Rallidae; Porphyrio hochstetteri). Molecular Ecology Resources 8, 884-886 (2008).

Jamieson, I.G., Grueber, C.E., Waters, J.M. & Gleeson, D.M. Managing genetic diversity in threatened populations: a New Zealand perspective. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 32, 130-137 (2008).

Waters, J.M. Driven by the West Wind Drift? A synthesis of southern temperate marine biogeography, with new directions for dispersalism. in 3rd Biennial Meeting of the International-Biogeography-Society 417-427 (Puerto de la Cruz, SPAIN, 2007).

Waters, J.M. Marine biogeographical disjunction in temperate Australia: historical landbridge, contemporary currents, or both? Diversity and Distributions 14, 692-700 (2008).

Waters, J.M. & Craw, D. Evolution and biogeography of New Zealand's longjaw galaxiids (Osmeriformes : Galaxiidae): the genetic effects of glaciation and mountain building. Freshwater Biology 53, 521-534 (2008).