Prof Paul Shaw


Prof Paul Shaw



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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.

Research Groups

  • Marine environmental impacts and remedies


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, 91.
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.
Healey, A, Farthing, MM, Nunoo, FKE, Potts, WM, Sauer, WHH, Skujina, I, King, N, de Becquevort, SMC, Shaw, P & McKeown, N 2020, 'Genetic analysis provides insights into species distribution and population structure in East Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus and T. capensis)', Journal of Fish Biology.
McKeown, N, Arkhipkin, AII & Shaw, P 2019, 'Genetic analysis reveals historical and contemporary population dynamics in the longfin squid Doryteuthis gahi: implications for cephalopod management and conservation', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 76, no. 4, fsz009, pp. 1019-1027.
Marian, J, Apostolico, LH, Chiao, C-C, Hanlon, R, Hirohashi, N, Iwata, Y, Mather, J, Sato, N & Shaw, P 2019, 'Male alternative reproductive tactics and associated evolution of anatomical characteristics in loliginid squid', Frontiers in Physiology, vol. 10, 1281.
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