Travis Ingram's Research Group

Ecology and Evolution in New Zealand's Freshwaters


Welcome to our lab group! We study the interplay between evolutionary and ecological processes in shaping biodiversity. Most of our current research focuses on freshwater fish in New Zealand, but we have worked in other systems including lizards, freshwater invertebrates and marine fish. Our interests include intraspecific niche variation, food web dynamics, the evolutionary consequences of species interactions, and the use of phylogenetic trees to ask questions about adaptive radiations.

Lab News

New publication in Ecology and Evolution based on Grégoire Saboret's study of carryover effects of larval habitat on niche variation in facultatively diadromous fish

New publication in Proc R Soc B based on Raul Costa-Pereira's analysis of multidimensional niche variation and overlap in frogs

Congratulations to Grace Yee for submitting her MSc thesis on resource use and niche overlap of Chatham Island rats

New publication in Ecology and Evolution resulting from Zuri and Travis' experiment testing whether individual behaviour and temperature interactively affect top-down control

Our paper on the multidimensional nature of individual niche variation has been published as a Concepts & Synthesis article in Ecology.

We are located at the University of Otago (Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo), in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. Our home is the Department of Zoology (Te Tari Mātai Kararehe), and our field sites include lakes, streams and wetlands throughout the South Island.