Prof Paul Shaw



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.

Research Groups

  • Marine environmental impacts and remedies


Pringle, BA, Duncan, MI, Winkler, AC, Mafwila, S, Jagger, C, Mckeown, NJ, Shaw, PW, Henriques, R & Potts, WM 2023, 'Ocean warming favours a northern Argyrosomus species over its southern congener, whereas preliminary metabolic evidence suggests that hybridization may promote their adaptation', Conservation Physiology, vol. 11, no. 1, coad026. 10.1093/conphys/coad026
Earp, HS, Smale, DA, Pérez-Matus, A, Gouraguine, A, Shaw, PW & Moore, PJ 2022, 'A quantitative synthesis of approaches, biases, successes, and failures in marine forest restoration, with considerations for future work', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 1717-1731. 10.1002/aqc.3880
Prentice, M, Vye, SR, Jenkins, SR, Shaw, P & Ironside, J 2021, 'Genetic diversity and relatedness in aquaculture and marina populations of the invasive tunicate Didemnum vexillum in the British Isles', Biological Invasions, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 3613-3624. 10.1007/s10530-021-02615-3
Cross, D, Thomas, C, McKeown, N, Siaziyu, V, Healey, A, Willis, T, Singini, D, Liywalii, F, Silumesii, A, Sakala, J, Smith, M, Macklin, M, Hardy, A & Shaw, P 2021, 'Geographically extensive larval surveys reveal an unexpected scarcity of primary vector mosquitoes in a region of persistent malaria transmission in western Zambia', Parasites & Vectors, vol. 14, no. 1, 91. 10.1186/s13071-020-04540-1
McKeown, N, Gwilliam, M, Healey, A, Skujina, I, Potts, W, Sauer, WHH & Shaw, P 2020, 'Deep phylogeographic structure may indicate cryptic species within the Sparid genus Spondyliosoma', Journal of Fish Biology, vol. 96, no. 6, pp. 1434-1443. 10.1111/jfb.14316
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