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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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