Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Dr Shinichi Nakagawa

Dr Shinichi NakagawaBSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Shinichi Nakagawa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago's Department of Zoology.

Born and raised in Japan, Shinichi graduated with a BSc (Hons) at the University of Waikato, before moving on to the University of Sheffield to complete his PhD in 2007. Shinichi was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sheffield and a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, before taking up his current position at Otago.

Shinichi researches evolutionary/behavioural ecology – using animal models, including invertebrates, amphibians, fish and birds – to understand phenotypic evolution and using molecular techniques to understand underling mechanisms of such evolution. He is also interested in applied statistics along with the field of quantitative and population genetics.

Further information

Further information about Shinichi is available at the Department of Zoology website.


Dunning, J., Sánchez-Tójar, A., Girndt, A., Burke, T., Hsu, Y.-H., Nakagawa, S., … Schroeder, J. (2024). Extrapair paternity alongside social reproduction increases male lifetime fitness. Animal Behaviour, 213, 117-123. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2024.04.007 Journal - Research Article

Mathot, K. J., Arteaga-Torres, J., Besson, A., Hawkshaw, D. M., Klappstein, N., McKinnon, R. A., … Nakagawa, S. (2024). A systematic review and meta-analysis of unimodal and multimodal predation risk assessment in birds. Nature Communications, 15, 4240. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-48702-6 Journal - Research Article

Sanghvi, K., Vega-Trejo, R., Nakagawa, S., Gascoigne, S. J. L., Johnson, S. L., Salguero-Gómez, R., … Sepil, I. (2024). Meta-analysis shows no consistent evidence for senescence in ejaculate traits across animals. Nature Communications, 15, 558. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-44768-4 Journal - Research Article

Besson, A., Johnson, S. L., Nakagawa, S., Meylan, S., & Cree, A. (2023). Do personality traits co-vary with baseline concentrations of glucocorticoids in a viviparous lizard? In D. J. Wilson & J. M. Monks (Eds.), Recent developments in research on the herpetofauna of Aotearoa New Zealand: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ) 2021: DOC Research and Development Series 369. 2.4. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ragsdale, A., Ortega-Recalde, O., Dutoit, L., Besson, A. A., Chia, J. H. Z., King, T., Nakagawa, S., Hickey, A., Gemmell, N. J., Hore, T., & Johnson, S. L. (2022). Paternal hypoxia exposure primes offspring for increased hypoxia resistance. BMC Biology, 20, 185. doi: 10.1186/s12915-022-01389-x Journal - Research Article

Back to top