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. 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 former visiting PhD student Christina Service's work on spirit bear isotopic niches

New publication in Behavioral Ecology based on Nicky Kerr's MSc work on the relationship between fish personality and niche

New publication in Can. J. Fisheries Aquat. Sci. looking at populations of fish across depth gradients in some of New Zealand's deep lakes

Congratulations to Marine Richarson on submitting her PhD thesis on how interspecific interactions affect individual specialisation

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

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.