Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity


Find below a description of our research in this area, and a list of potential supervisers.

Current research evaluates the distribution of species, spatially and temporally. Specific projects quantify rates of evolution and the effect of population size and land area on rates of evolution. Phylogeographic studies investigate evolutionary relationships within a range of taxa, including woody plants across Oceania and several invertebrate groups. Research methodologies include both genetic and standard quantitative approaches.

Staff who conduct research in this area

University of Auckland staff

Dr Shane Wright

University of Auckland and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research staff (co-appointed)


Assoc Prof Thomas Buckley