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Professor Graham Wallis

Email graham.wallis@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7984

Professor Graham Wallis

Teaching

Research interests

  • Population genetics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Molecular systematics and biogeography of endemic species
  • Genetics of hybrid zones

Current projects

  • Adaptive evolution of a zona pellucida-region gene in galaxiid fishes
  • The evolution of melanism in NZ alpine weta, Hemideina maori
  • Phylogeography of NZ endemic fishes and insects
  • Genetic analysis of hybridisation in European newts

Galaxiid-and-Weta

Current/recent postdocs

  • Lise Wallis  Comparative transcriptomics of migratory and stream-resident galaxiid fishes (Marsden-funded)
  • Smita Apte  Phylogeography and population genetic structuring of koura (Paranephrops spp.) (FoRST-funded)
  • Jon Waters  Molecular systematics of New Zealand galaxiid fish: speciation and biogeography (Marsden-funded)
  • Steven Trewick  New Zealand phylogeography: evidence from spatio-temporal congruence of invertebrate endemism and diversity (FoRST-funded)
  • Mary Morgan-Richards  Speciation, intergradation or hybrid zones? Comparing contact zones between chromosomal races of the Auckland tree weta (Hemideina thoracica) (Marsden-funded)

Current/recent graduate students

  • Keith King (PhD): Phylogeography and the evolution of melanism in the alpine weta, Hemideina maori
  • David Winter (PhD): Phylogeography of Pacific landsnails
  • Graham McCulloch (PhD): Evolutionary genetics of southern stoneflies
  • Shan Crow (PhD): Evolutionary ecology of southern galaxiid fishes
  • Renate Sponer (PhD): World-wide phylogeography of the brooding brittle star Amphipholis squamata
  • Yuzine bin Esa (MSc): Genetic analysis of hybridisation in New Zealand galaxiid fish
  • Debbie Steel (MSc): Population genetics of the sea snake star Astrobrachion constrictum in Fiordland

Other links

Keywords

  • evolutionary genetics, systematics, hybridisation, phylogeography

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Publications

Wallis, L. J., & Wallis, G. P. (2011). Extreme positive selection on a new highly-expressed larval glycoprotein (LGP) gene in Galaxias fishes (Osmeriformes: Galaxiidae). Molecular Biology & Evolution, 28(1), 399-406. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msq208

Wallis, G. P., & Trewick, S. A. (2009). New Zealand phylogeography: Evolution on a small continent [Invited review]. Molecular Ecology, 18(17), 3548-3580.

Paterson, A. M., Wallis, G. P., Wallis, L. J., & Gray, R. D. (2000). Seabird and louse coevolution: Complex histories revealed by 12S rRNA sequences and reconciliation analyses. Systematic Biology, 49(3), 383-399.

Waters, J. M., Rowe, D. L., Burridge, C. P., & Wallis, G. P. (2010). Gene trees versus species trees: Reassessing life-history evolution in a freshwater fish radiation. Systematic Biology, 59(5), 504-517. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syq031

Arntzen, J. W., Jehle, R., Bardakci, F., Burke, T., & Wallis, G. P. (2009). Asymmetric viability of reciprocal-cross hybrids between crested and marbled newts (Triturus cristatus and T. marmoratus). Evolution, 63(5), 1191-1202. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00611.x

Chapter in Book - Research

Wallis, G. P., & Wallis, L. J. (2014). A preliminary transcriptomic study of galaxiid fishes reveals a larval glycoprotein gene under strong positive selection. In P. Pontarotti (Ed.), Evolutionary biology: Genome evolution, speciation, coevolution and origin of life. (pp. 47-68). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07623-2_3

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Journal - Research Article

Waters, J. M., Wallis, G. P., Burridge, C. P., & Craw, D. (2015). Geology shapes biogeography: Quaternary river-capture explains New Zealand's biologically 'composite' Taieri River. Quaternary Science Reviews, 120, 47-56. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.04.023

Paterson, A. M., Wallis, G. P., Kennedy, M., & Gray, R. D. (2014). Behavioural evolution in penguins does not reflect phylogeny. Cladistics, 30(3), 243-259. doi: 10.1111/cla.12040

Grueber, C. E., Wallis, G. P., & Jamieson, I. G. (2014). Episodic positive selection in the evolution of avian toll-like receptor innate immunity genes. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e89632. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089632

Arntzen, J. W., Wielstra, B., & Wallis, G. P. (2014). The modality of nine Triturus newt hybrid zones assessed with nuclear, mitochondrial and morphological data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 113(2), 604-622. doi: 10.1111/bij.12358

Waters, J. M., Trewick, S. A., Paterson, A. M., Spencer, H. G., Kennedy, M., Craw, D., Burridge, C. P., & Wallis, G. P. (2013). Biogeography off the tracks. Systematic Biology, 494-498. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt013

Grueber, C. E., Wallis, G. P., & Jamieson, I. G. (2013). Genetic drift outweighs natural selection at toll-like receptor (TLR) immunity loci in a re-introduced population of a threatened species. Molecular Ecology, 22(17), 4470-4482. doi: 10.1111/mec.12404

Grueber, C. E., Wallis, G. P., King, T. M., & Jamieson, I. G. (2012). Variation at innate immunity toll-like receptor genes in a bottlenecked population of a New Zealand robin. PLoS ONE, 7(9), e45011. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045011

Wallis, L. J., & Wallis, G. P. (2011). Extreme positive selection on a new highly-expressed larval glycoprotein (LGP) gene in Galaxias fishes (Osmeriformes: Galaxiidae). Molecular Biology & Evolution, 28(1), 399-406. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msq208

Waters, J. M., Rowe, D. L., Burridge, C. P., & Wallis, G. P. (2010). Gene trees versus species trees: Reassessing life-history evolution in a freshwater fish radiation. Systematic Biology, 59(5), 504-517. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syq031

McCulloch, G. A., Wallis, G. P., & Waters, J. M. (2010). Onset of glaciation drove simultaneous vicariant isolation of alpine insects in New Zealand. Evolution, 64(7), 2033-2043. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.00980.x

Arntzen, J. W., Jehle, R., Bardakci, F., Burke, T., & Wallis, G. P. (2009). Asymmetric viability of reciprocal-cross hybrids between crested and marbled newts (Triturus cristatus and T. marmoratus). Evolution, 63(5), 1191-1202. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00611.x

Morgan-Richards, M., Smissen, R. D., Shepherd, L. D., Wallis, G. P., Hayward, J. J., Chan, C.-H., … Chapman, H. M. (2009). A review of genetic analyses of hybridisation in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 39(1), 15-34. doi: 10.1080/03014220909510561

McCulloch, G. A., Wallis, G. P., & Waters, J. M. (2009). Do insects lose flight before they lose their wings? Population genetic structure in subalpine stoneflies. Molecular Ecology, 18(19), 4073-4087. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04337.x

Wallis, G. P., & Trewick, S. A. (2009). New Zealand phylogeography: Evolution on a small continent [Invited review]. Molecular Ecology, 18(17), 3548-3580.

Grueber, C. E., Wallis, G. P., & Jamieson, I. G. (2008). Heterozygosity-fitness correlations and their relevance to studies on inbreeding depression in threatened species. Molecular Ecology, 17(18), 3978-3984. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03910.x

Apte, S., Smith, P. J., & Wallis, G. P. (2007). Mitochondrial phylogeography of New Zealand freshwater crayfishes, Paranephrops spp. Molecular Ecology, 16(9), 1897-1908.

Waters, J. M., Rowe, D. L., Apte, S., King, T. M., Wallis, G. P., Anderson, L., Norris, R. J., Craw, D., & Burridge, C. P. (2007). Geological dates and molecular rates: Rapid divergence of rivers and their biotas. Systematic Biology, 56(2), 271-282.

Taylor, S. S., Jamieson, I. G., & Wallis, G. P. (2007). Historic and contemporary levels of genetic variation in two New Zealand passerines with different histories of decline. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20(5), 2035-2047.

Jamieson, I. G., Wallis, G. P., & Briskie, J. V. (2006). Inbreeding and endangered species management: Is New Zealand out of step with the rest of the world? Conservation Biology, 20(1), 38-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00282.x

Waters, J. M., Allibone, R. M., & Wallis, G. P. (2006). Geological subsidence, river capture, and cladogenesis of galaxiid fish lineages in central New Zealand. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 88(3), 367-376.

Morgan-Richards, M., & Wallis, G. P. (2003). A comparison of five hybrid zones of the weta Hemideina thoracica (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae): Degree of cytogenetic differentiation fails to predict zone width. Evolution, 57(4), 849-861.

Waters, J. M., Saruwatari, T., Kobayashi, T., Oohara, I., McDowall, R. M., & Wallis, G. P. (2002). Phylogenetic placement of retropinnid fishes: Data set incongruence can be reduced using asymmetric character state transformation costs. Systematic Biology, 51, 432-449.

Waters, J. M., & Wallis, G. P. (2001). Cladogenesis and loss of the marine life-history phase in freshwater galaxiid fishes (Osmeriformes: Galaxiidae). Evolution, 55(3), 587-597.

Waters, J. M., Craw, D., Youngson, J. H., & Wallis, G. P. (2001). Genes meet geology: Fish phylogeographic pattern reflects ancient, rather than modern, drainage connections. Evolution, 55(9), 1844-1851.

Trewick, S. A., & Wallis, G. P. (2001). Bridging the "beech-gap": New Zealand invertebrate phylogeography implicates Pleistocene glaciation and Pliocene isolation. Evolution, 55, 2170-2180.

Trewick, S. A., Wallis, G. P., & Morgan-Richards, M. (2000). Phylogeographical pattern correlates with Pliocene mountain building in the alpine scree weta (Orthoptera, Anostostomatidae). Molecular Ecology, 9, 657-666.

Waters, J. M., Dijkstra, L. H., & Wallis, G. P. (2000). Biogeography of a southern hemisphere freshwater fish: How important is marine dispersal? Molecular Ecology, 9, 1815-1821.

Waters, J. M., Lopez, J. A., & Wallis, G. P. (2000). Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of galaxiid fishes (Osteichthyes: Galaxiidae): Dispersal, vicariance, and the position of Lepidogalaxias salamandroides. Systematic Biology, 49, 777-795.

Paterson, A. M., Wallis, G. P., Wallis, L. J., & Gray, R. D. (2000). Seabird and louse coevolution: Complex histories revealed by 12S rRNA sequences and reconciliation analyses. Systematic Biology, 49(3), 383-399.

Allibone, R. M., Crowl, T. A., Holmes, J. M., King, T. A., McDowall, R. M., Townsend, C. R., & Wallis, G. P. (1996). Isozyme analysis of Galaxias species (Teleostei: Galaxiidae) from the Taieri River, South Island, New Zealand: a species complex revealed. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 57, 107-127.

Emerson, B. C., & Wallis, G. P. (1995). Phylogenetic relationships of the Prodontria (Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae: subfamily Melolonthinae), derived from sequence variation in the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase II gene. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 4, 433-447.

Paterson, A. M., Wallis, G. P., & Gray, R. D. (1995). Penguins, petrels, and parsimony: does cladistic analysis of behavior reflect seabird phylogeny? Evolution, 49, 974-989.

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