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Andrew Veale

Postdoctoral Researcher – Evolutionary GenomicsAndrew_Otago_cropped


Phone: +64 21 363658


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2010 – 2013 PhD, Biology, University of Auckland – New Zealand
2005 – 2007 M.Sc. Biology, (1st Class Hons.), University of Auckland – New Zealand
2007 – 2009 B.A. English/Philosophy, University of Auckland – New Zealand
2001 – 2004 B.Sc. Biology, University of Auckland – New Zealand


Research Interests

  • Genomic bases for ecological adaptation
  • Genomics of speciation
  • Landscape genetics
  • Invasive species management
  • Molecular approaches to wildlife management
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental philosophy

Research Projects

  • Genomics of wing-loss and ecological adaptation in stoneflies (Plecoptera)
  • Genomic changes associated with ecotype divergence in sockeye salmon (Oncohynchus nerka)
  • Introduction history and genetic adaptation of mice in New Zealand (Mus musculus)


Wing size variation in adult Zelandoperla fenestrata from an altitudinal transect on the Old Man Range, Otago, New Zealand

Popular Media


Veale A.J. Russello M.A. (2016) Sockeye salmon repatriation leads to population re-establishment and rapid introgression with native kokanee. Evolutionary Applications. 9, 1301-1311.

King C.M. Norbury G. Veale A.J. (in press) Small mustelids in New Zealand: Invasion ecology down-under. In: The biology and conservation of wild mustelids, skunks, procyonids and red pandas. Oxford University Press.

King C.M. Alexander A.Chubb T. Cursons R. MacKay J. McCormck H. Murphy E. Zhang H. Veale A.J. What can the geographic distribution of mtDNA haplotypes tell us about the invasion of New Zealand by house mice Mus musculus? Biological Invasions. 18, pp 1551–1565

Veale A.J., Williams L., Tsai P., Thakur V., Lavery S.D. (2016) The complete mitochondrial genomes of two chiton species (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis and Sypharochiton sinclairi) obtained using Illumina next generation sequencing. Mitochondrial DNA. DOI 10.3109/19401736.2014.905846

Shafer, A.B.A, Wolf J.B.W, Veale A.J. et al. (2015) Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 30, 78-87.
Veale A.J., Holland O., McDonald R.A., Clout M.N., Gleeson D.M. (2015) An invasive non-native mammal population conserves genetic diversity lost from its native range. Molecular Ecology. 24, 2156 - 2163

Veale A.J., Clout M.N., Gleeson D.M. (2015) Measuring connectivity of invasive stoat populations to inform conservation management. Wildlife Research. 41, 395 – 406.

Macinnis-Ng C. Wyse S, Veale A.J., Schwendenmann L, Clearwater M. (2015) Sap flow of the southern conifer, Agathis australis during wet and dry summers. Trees: Structure and Function. DOI 10.1007/s00468-015-1164-9

Veale A.J. McMurtrie P., Edge K-A., Clout M.N. (2015) The effects of mice on stoats in southern beech forests. Austral Ecology. 40, 32-39

King C.M., Veale A.J., B Patty, L Hayward (2014) Swimming capabilities of stoats and the threat to inshore sanctuaries. Biological Invasions. 16, 987-995

Prada D., Veale A.J., Duckworth J., Howitt R., Murphy E., Treadgold S., Gleeson D.M. (2014) Informing an incursion response using forensic methodologies: Case study of stoats on Kapiti Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 41,1-9

Veale A.J., Edge, K-A, McMurtrie P., Fewster R.M., Clout M.N. Gleeson D.M. (2013) Using genetic techniques to quantify reinvasion, survival and in-situ breeding rates during control/eradication operations. Molecular Ecology. 22, 5071-5083

Veale A.J. (2013) Observations of stoats (Mustela erminea) swimming. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 40, 166-169

Veale A.J., Clout M.N., Gleeson D.M. (2012). Genetic population assignment reveals a long-distance incursion to an island by a stoat (Mustela erminea). Biological Invasions. 14, 735-742

Veale A.J., Hannaford O.D., Russell J.C., Clout M.N. (2012) Modelling the distribution of stoats on New Zealand offshore islands. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36, 38-47

Veale A.J., Lavery S.D. (2012) The population genetic structure of the intertidal waratah anemone (Actinia tenebrosa) around New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Fresh-water Research 46, 523-536

Veale A.J., Lavery S.D. (2011) Phylogeography of the snakeskin chiton Sypharochiton pelliserpentis (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) around New Zealand: are seasonal near-shore upwelling events a dynamic barrier to gene flow? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 104, 552–563.
Clayton R.I., Anderson D., Byrom A., Edge K-A., McMurtrie P.M., Gleeson D., Veale A.J. (2011). Density estimates and detection models inform stoat (Mustela erminea) eradication on Resolution Island, New Zealand. 413-417 In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds.). 2011. Island invasives: eradication and management. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
McMurtrie P., Peter G., Edge K-A., Crouchley D., Gleeson D., Willans M.J., Veale A.J. (2011). Eradication of stoats (Mustela erminea) from Secretary Island, New Zealand. 455-460 In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds.). 2011. Island invasives: eradication and management. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.