Prof Paul Shaw


Prof Paul Shaw


Institute Director of Post Graduate Studies

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I am leader of the Aquatic, Behavioural & Evolutionary Biology (ABEB) research group

My research interests lie in understanding the distribution and maintenance of genetic biodiversity within species (particularly in aquatic systems) using molecular genetic methods, the main aim of such work being to define mechanisms underlying population connectivity, evolution and speciation. The applications of this work are to improve assessment and conservation of genetic biodiversity within exploited (fished) species.
Current interests:

  • genetic management of exploited natural populations and species of potential aquaculture interest (cephalopods and fish)
  • investigating larval dynamics and dispersal in marine species
  • evolution of behavioural / reproductive strategies of aquatic organisms (particularly cephalopods)

My aim is to understand the effect on genetic biodiversity of processes occurring at the level of individuals to populations to species.


Population connectivity of an overexploited coastal fish, Argyrosomus coronus (Sciaenidae), in an ocean-warming hotspotHenriques, R., Potts, W. M., Santos, C. V., Sauer, W. H. H. & Shaw, P. 2018 In : African Journal of Marine Science.40, 1, p. 13-2412 p.
Integrated genetic and morphological data support eco-evolutionary divergence of Angolan and South African populations of Diplodus hottentotusGwilliam, M. P., Winkler, A. C., Potts, W. M., Santos, C. V., Sauer, W. H. H., Shaw, P. & McKeown, N. 2018 In : Journal of Fish Biology.92, 4, p. 1163-117614 p.
Spermatophore dimorphism in the chokka squid Loligo reynaudii associated with alternative mating tacticsIwata, Y., Sauer, W. H. H., Sato, N. & Shaw, P. 2018 In : Journal of Molluscan Studies.84, 2, p. 152-16211 p.
Cryptic species and parallel genetic structuring in Lethrinid fish: Implications for conservation and management in the southwest Indian OceanHealey, A. J. E., McKeown, N., Taylor, A. L., Provan, J., Sauer, W., Gouws, G. & Shaw, P. 2018 In : Ecology and Evolution.
Genetic analysis reveals harvested Lethrinus nebulosus in the Southwest Indian Ocean comprise two cryptic speciesHealey, A. J. E., Gouws, G., Fennessy, S. T., Kuguru, B., Sauer, W. H. H., Shaw, P. & McKeown, N. 2018 In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. fsx245
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