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Dr David Aguirre

Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University early career researcher medal. - Massey University (2017)
  • Massey University, College of Science Researcher Fund, Massey University - Massey University (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Marine ecology

Larval biology

Phenotypic evolution

Quantitative genetics

Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Adaptation (060303): Biological Sciences (060000): Community Ecology (060202): Ecology (060200): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Life Histories (060308): Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205): Population Ecology (060207): Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411): Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 2

Current Projects

Project Title: Linking genes, phenotypes and communities: Uncovering heritable variation in community structure

Date Range: 2015 - 2018

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: Kimihia te me ngaro - Seek the things being lost: Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in assessments of toheroa abundance

Date Range: 2016 - 2017

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Muir, PR., Marshall, PA., Abdulla, A., & Aguirre, JD. (2017). Species identity and depth predict bleaching severity in reef-building corals: Shall the deep inherit the reef?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284(1864)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Muir, PR., Wallace, CC., Done, T., & Aguirre, JD. (2016). Response to letter regarding "Limited Scope for Latitudinal Extension of Reef Corals". Frontiers of Biogeography. 8(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Walter, GM., Wilkinson, MJ., James, ME., Richards, TJ., Aguirre, JD., & Ortiz-Barrientos, D. (2016). Diversification across a heterogeneous landscape. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution. 70(9), 1979-1992
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
McGuigan, K., Aguirre, JD., & Blows, MW. (2015). Simultaneous estimation of additive and mutational genetic variance in an outbred population of drosophila serrata. Genetics. 201(3), 1239-1251
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Muir, PR., Wallace, CC., Done, T., & Aguirre, JD. (2015). Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals. Science. 348(6239), 1135-1138
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Marshall, DJ. (2014). The genetic covariance between life cycle stages separated by metamorphosis. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. 281(1788), 20141091-20141091
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Aguirre, JD., Hine, E., McGuigan, K., & Blows, MW. (2014). Comparing G: Multivariate analysis of genetic variation in multiple populations. Heredity. 112(1), 21-29
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Rius, M., Potter, EE., Aguirre, JD., & Stachowicz, JJ. (2014). Mechanisms of biotic resistance across complex life cycles. Journal of Animal Ecology. 83(1), 296-305
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Aguirre, JD., Miller, SH., Morgan, SG., & Marshall, DJ. (2013). Relatedness affects the density, distribution and phenotype of colonisers in four sessile marine invertebrates. Oikos. 122(6), 881-888
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Aguirre, JD., & Marshall, DJ. (2012). Does genetic diversity reduce sibling competition?. Evolution. 66(1), 94-102
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.
Delcourt, M., Blows, MW., Aguirre, JD., & Rundle, HD. (2012). Evolutionary optimum for male sexual traits characterized using the multivariate Robertson-Price identity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 109(26), 10414-10419
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J.


Clark, MR., Trnski, T., Constantine, R., Aguirre, JD., Barker, J., Betty, E., . . . van Oosterom, L.(2017). Biodiversity of the Kermadec Islands and offshore waters of the Kermadec Ridge: report of a coastal, marine mammal and deep-sea survey (TAN1612). (Report No. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 179). : Ministry for Primary Industries
[Technical Report]Authored by: Aguirre, J., Betty, E., Liggins, L.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Hochang Yoo - PhD
    Development of cultivation methods for New Zealand brown algae.

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