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Professor Jon Waters

Email jon.waters@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-5847

JonW

Teaching

Research Interests

Kelp research on the shore of the Southern Ocean

  • Extinction and recolonization - ancient DNA

      (Co-director, Otago Palaeogenetics Laboratory with Dr. Nic Rawlence)

Research Highlights and News

Current Research Projects

Bull-kelp in the Southern Ocean

Current Postdocs

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Tess Cole - PhD - Ancient and modern genetics of crested penguins
  • Brodie Foster - PhD - Evolutionary genetics and biogeography of NZ stoneflies
  • Kalinka Rexer-Huber - PhD - conservation genetics of subantarctic petrels
  • Afroditi Kardamaki - PhD - ancient DNA of NZ swans

Nevis River Valley, Central Otago

Recent Students/Postdocs

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Publications

Craw, D., Upton, P., Burridge, C. P., Wallis, G. P., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Rapid biological speciation driven by tectonic evolution in New Zealand. Nature Geoscience, 9, 140-144. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2618

Grosser, S., Rawlence, N. J., Anderson, C. N. K., Smith, I. W. G., Scofield, R. P., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Invader or resident? Ancient-DNA reveals rapid species turnover in New Zealand little penguins. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20152879. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2879

Waters, J. M., Fraser, C. I., & Hewitt, G. M. (2013). Founder takes all: Density-dependent processes structure biodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(2), 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.024

Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., & Waters, J. M. (2011). Oceanic rafting by a coastal community. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278(1706), 649-655. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1117

Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., Spencer, H. G., & Waters, J. M. (2009). Kelp genes reveal effects of subantarctic sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum. PNAS, 106(9), 3249-3253.

Journal - Research Article

Wallis, G. P., Waters, J. M., Upton, P., & Craw, D. (2016). Transverse Alpine speciation driven by glaciation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(12), 916-926. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.08.009

McCulloch, G. A., Wallis, G. P., & Waters, J. M. (2016). A time-calibrated phylogeny of southern hemisphere stoneflies: Testing for Gondwanan origins. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 96, 150-160. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.10.028

Dussex, N., Chuah, A., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Genome-wide SNPs reveal fine-scale differentiation among wingless alpine stonefly populations, and introgression between winged and wingless forms. Evolution, 70(1), 38-47. doi: 10.1111/evo.12826

Craw, D., Upton, P., Burridge, C. P., Wallis, G. P., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Rapid biological speciation driven by tectonic evolution in New Zealand. Nature Geoscience, 9, 140-144. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2618

Grosser, S., Rawlence, N. J., Anderson, C. N. K., Smith, I. W. G., Scofield, R. P., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Invader or resident? Ancient-DNA reveals rapid species turnover in New Zealand little penguins. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20152879. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2879

Rawlence, N. J., Kennedy, M., Anderson, C. N. K., Prost, S., Till, C. E., Smith, I. W. G., Scofield, R. P., … Hamel, J., Lalas, C., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Waters, J. M. (2015). Geographically contrasting biodiversity reductions in a widespread New Zealand seabird. Molecular Ecology, 24(18), 4605-4616. doi: 10.1111/mec.13338

Collins, C. J., Rawlence, N. J., Prost, S., Anderson, C. N. K., Knapp, M., Scofield, R. P., Robertson, B. C., Smith, I., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., … Waters, J. M. (2014). Extinction and recolonization of coastal megafauna following human arrival in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20140097. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0097

Waters, J. M., Fraser, C. I., & Hewitt, G. M. (2013). Founder takes all: Density-dependent processes structure biodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(2), 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.024

Nikula, R., Spencer, H. G., & Waters, J. M. (2013). Passive rafting is a powerful driver of transoceanic gene flow. Biology Letters, 9(1), 20120821. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0821

Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., Ruzzante, D. E., & Waters, J. M. (2012). Poleward bound: Biological impacts of Southern Hemisphere glaciation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27(8), 462-471. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.04.011

Gillespie, R. G., Baldwin, B., Waters, J. M., Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., & Roderick, G. K. (2012). Long-distance dispersal: A framework for hypothesis testing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.08.009

Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., & Waters, J. M. (2011). Oceanic rafting by a coastal community. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278(1706), 649-655. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1117

Nikula, R., Fraser, C. I., Spencer, H. G., & Waters, J. M. (2010). Circumpolar dispersal by rafting in two subantarctic kelp-dwelling crustaceans. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 405, 221-230. doi: 10.3354/meps08523

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

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

Boessenkool, S., Austin, J. J., Worthy, T. H., Scofield, P., Cooper, A., Seddon, P. J., & Waters, J. M. (2009). Relict or colonizer? Extinction and range expansion of penguins in southern New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276(1658), 815-821. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1246

Fraser, C. I., Nikula, R., Spencer, H. G., & Waters, J. M. (2009). Kelp genes reveal effects of subantarctic sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum. PNAS, 106(9), 3249-3253.

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.

Waters, J. M., & Craw, D. (2006). Goodbye Gondwana? New Zealand biogeography, geology, and the problem of circularity. Systematic Biology, 55(2), 351-356.

Burridge, C. P., Craw, D., & Waters, J. M. (2006). River capture, range expansion, and cladogenesis: The genetic signature of freshwater vicariance. Evolution, 60(5), 1038-1049.

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Journal - Research Other

Waters, J. M. (2011). Competitive exclusion: Phylogeography's 'elephant in the room'? Molecular Ecology, 20(21), 4388-4394. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05286.x

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