Travis Ingram's Research Group

Ecology and Evolution in New Zealand's Freshwaters

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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 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

Grégoire Saboret is wrapping up a visiting internship where he has studied the relationships between niche variation and carryover effects of larval habitat in facultatively diadromous fish


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


New publication in Evolutionary Ecology Research based on Steph and Travis' lake-stream kōaro project from last summer


Travis gave talks on multivariate niche variation at the Statistical Ecology & Environmental Monitoring conference in Queenstown and the ASN meeting in Asilomar


PhD students Christina Service (UVic, Canada) and Raul Costa Pereira (UNESP Rio Claro, Brazil) visited the lab in the summer to analyse niche variation in bears (Christina) and frogs (Raul)





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.