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Jon Waters

Tel +64 3 479 5847

Genetics Otago

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Research interests

Kelp research on the shore of the Southern OceanKelp research on the shore of the Southern Ocean.

Jon is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.
Coastal People: Southern Skies

Research highlights and news

Research projects

Bull-kelp in the Southern OceanBull kelp in the Southern Ocean.

Postdoctoral and postgraduate students

Nevis River Valley, Central OtagoNevis River valley, Central Otago.

Postdoctoral student

Postgraduate students

  • Tess Cole, PhD - Ancient and modern genetics of crested penguins
  • Brodie Foster, PhD - Evolutionary genetics and biogeography of NZ stoneflies
  • Afroditi Kardamaki, PhD - Ancient DNA of NZ swans
  • Elahe Parvizi, PhD - Coastal phylogeography

Recent postdoctoral and postgraduate students


Cole, T. L., Dutoit, L., Dussex, N., Hart, T., Alexander, A., Younger, J. L., … Ellenberg, U., … Mattern, T., … Waters, J. M. (2019). Receding ice drove parallel expansions in Southern Ocean penguins. PNAS, 116(52), 26690-26696. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1904048116 Journal - Research Article

Cole, T. L., Ksepka, D. T., Mitchell, K. J., Tennyson, A. J. D., Thomas, D. B., Pan, H., … Rawlence, N. J., … Waters, J. M. (2019). Mitogenomes uncover extinct penguin taxa and reveal island formation as a key driver of speciation. Molecular Biology & Evolution, 36(4), 784-797. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msz017 Journal - Research Article

McCulloch, G. A., Foster, B. J., Dutoit, L., Ingram, T., Hay, E., Veale, A. J., Dearden, P. K., & Waters, J. M. (2019). Ecological gradients drive insect wing loss and speciation: The role of the alpine treeline. Molecular Ecology, 28, 3141-3150. doi: 10.1111/mec.15114 Journal - Research Article

Parvizi, E., Craw, D., & Waters, J. M. (2019). Kelp DNA records late Holocene paleoseismic uplift of coastline, southeastern New Zealand. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 520, 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2019.05.034 Journal - Research Article

Fraser, C. I., Morrison, A. K., Hogg, A. M., Macaya, E. C., van Sebille, E., Ryan, P. G., … Waters, J. M. (2018). Antarctica's ecological isolation will be broken by storm-driven dispersal and warming. Nature Climate Change, 8, 704-708. doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0209-7 Journal - Research Article

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