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Associate Professor David Aguirre PhD, BSc, MSc

Associate Professor in Marine Ecology

School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 5.03, 5
    Campus: Auckland

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Queensland (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science - Victoria University (2007)
  • Master of Science - Victoria University (2007)

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 7

Current Projects

Project Title: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship - Ecosystems on unstable foundations: examining the potential for coral and macroalgal responses to global change

Date Range: 2020 - 2025

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

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

Date Range: 2015 - 2021

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

Journal

Dugand, RJ., Aguirre, JD., Hine, E., Blows, MW., & McGuigan, K. (2021). The contribution of mutation and selection to multivariate quantitative genetic variance in an outbred population of Drosophila serrata. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118(31)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Muir, PR., Done, T., & Aguirre, JD. (2021). High regional and intrageneric variation in susceptibility to mass bleaching in Indo-Pacific coral species. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 30(9), 1889-1898
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Middleton, I., Aguirre, JD., Trnski, T., Francis, M., Duffy, C., & Liggins, L. (2021). Introduced alien, range extension or just visiting? Combining citizen science observations and expert knowledge to classify range dynamics of marine fishes. Diversity and Distributions. 27(7), 1278-1293
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Liggins, L.
Strain, EMA., Steinberg, PD., Vozzo, M., Johnston, EL., Abbiati, M., Aguilera, MA., . . . Bishop, MJ. (2021). A global analysis of complexity–biodiversity relationships on marine artificial structures. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 30(1), 140-153
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Walter, GM., Richards, TJ., Wilkinson, MJ., Blows, MW., Aguirre, JD., & Ortiz-Barrientos, D. (2020). Loss of ecologically important genetic variation in late generation hybrids reveals links between adaptation and speciation. EVOLUTION LETTERS. 4(4), 302-316
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Arranz, V., Pearman, WS., Aguirre, JD., & Liggins, L. (2020). MARES, a replicable pipeline and curated reference database for marine eukaryote metabarcoding. Scientific Data. 7(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Arranz Martinez, V., Liggins, L.
Liggins, L., Sweatman, JA., Trnski, T., Duffy, CAJ., Eddy, TD., & Aguirre, JD. (2020). Natural history footage provides new reef fish biodiversity information for a pristine but rarely visited archipelago. Scientific reports. 10(1), 3159
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Liggins, L.
Peters, KJ., Evans, C., Aguirre, JD., & Kleindorfer, S. (2019). Genetic admixture predicts parasite intensity: Evidence for increased hybrid performance in Darwin's tree finches. Royal Society Open Science. 6(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Muir, PR., Marshall, PA., Abdulla, A., & Aguirre, JD. (2018). Erratum: Correction to 'Species identity and depth predict bleaching severity in reef-building corals: shall the deep inherit the reef' (Proceedings. Biological sciences (2017) 284 1864 PII: 20172719). Proceedings. Biological sciences. 285(1871)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Webb, W., Brunton, DH., Aguirre, JDAVID., Thomas, D., Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2016). Female song occurs in songbirds with more elaborate female coloration and reduced sexual dichromatism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4, 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Brunton, D., Dale, J.
Walter, GM., Wilkinson, MJ., Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Ortiz-Barrientos, D. (2018). Environmentally induced development costs underlie fitness tradeoffs. Ecology. 99(6), 1391-1401
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Walter, GM., Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Ortiz-Barrientos, D. (2018). Evolution of genetic variance during adaptive radiation. American Naturalist. 191(4), E108-E128
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
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-Davies, 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-Davies, J.
Pearson, S., Windupranata, W., Pranowo, SW., Putri, A., Ma, Y., Vila-Concejo, A., . . . Arvanitidis, C. (2016). Conflicts in some of the World harbours: what needs to happen next?. Maritime Studies. 15(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Smith, A.
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-Davies, J.
Webb, WH., Brunton, DH., Aguirre, JD., Thomas, DB., Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2016). Female song occurs in songbirds with more elaborate female coloration and reduced sexual dichromatism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4(MAR)
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Dale, J., Thomas, D., Webb, W.
Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Marshall, DJ. (2016). Genetic compatibility underlies benefits of mate choice in an external fertilizer. American Naturalist. 187(5), 647-657
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Bollard-Breen, B., Cameron, M., Constantine, R., Duffy, CAJ., Dunphy, B., . . . Wilson, R. (2016). Loved to pieces: Toward the sustainable management of the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Regional Studies in Marine Science. 8, 220-233
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Liggins, L., Smith, A., Thomas, D.
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-Davies, 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-Davies, 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-Davies, 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-Davies, 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-Davies, 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-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., & McNaught, DC. (2013). Habitat complexity mediates predation of juvenile abalone by starfish. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 487, 101-111
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., & Marshall, DJ. (2012). Genetic diversity increases population productivity in a sessile marine invertebrate. Ecology. 93(5), 1134-1142
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., & Marshall, DJ. (2012). Does genetic diversity reduce sibling competition?. Evolution. 66(1), 94-102
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, 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-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., & McNaught, DC. (2012). Ontogenetic variability in the habitat associations of haliotis iris in central new zealand. Marine and Freshwater Research. 63(9), 751-761
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., & McNaught, DC. (2011). Habitat modification affects recruitment of abalone in central New Zealand. Marine Biology. 158(3), 505-513
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.

Book

McGuigan, K., & Aguirre, JD. (2016). Quantitative Genetic Variation, Comparing Patterns of. In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. (pp. 377 - 387).
[Chapter]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.

Thesis

Aguirre, JD. (2012). The ecological and evolutionary consequences of genetic diversity. (Doctoral Thesis, The University of Queensland)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.

Report

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-Davies, J., Betty, E., Liggins, L.

Conference

Aguirre, JD., Liggins, LJ., & Muir,, PR. (2016). Doing whatever it takes to survive: examining morphological divergence in high-latitude, reef-building corals. In E. Golder, & A. Connell (Eds.) Proceedings of Kermadec – Discoveries and Connections. (pp. 61 - 63). : Kermadec – Discoveries and Connections
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Liggins, L.
Liggins, LJ., Treml,, E., Aguirre, JD., & Trnski,, T. (2016). A building biodiversity story for the shallow marine biodiversity of the Kermadec Archipelago. In E. Golder,, & A. Connell, (Eds.) Proceedings of Kermadec – Discoveries and Connections. (pp. 58 - 60). : Kermadec – Discoveries and Connections
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J., Liggins, L.Contributed to by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Liggins, LJ., & Muir,, PR. (2016, April). Doing whatever it takes to survive: examining morphological divergence in high-latitude, reef-building corals. Presented at Kermadec – Discoveries and Connections. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blom,, W., Landers,, T., & Anderson, MJ. (2016, June). Trait variability in a foundation kelp drives variability in the distribution of biodiversity on temperate reefs. Presented at International Temperate Reef Society Conference. Pisa, Italy.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blom, W., Landers, T., & Anderson, MJ. (2016, June). Eco-evolutionary Dynamics in a marine ecosystem engineer. Presented at Evolution. Austin, Texas, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Muir, PR., Wallace, CC., & Done, T. (2015, July). Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals. Presented at New Zealand Marine Science Society
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blows,, MW., & Marshall, DJ. (2015, August). Genetic compatibility underlies benefits of mate choice in an external fertilizer. Presented at European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Lausanne, Switzerland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Marshall, DJ. (2014, June). Partitioning additive and nonadditive genetic effects on offspring quality in a broadcast spawning marine invertebrate. Presented at Evolution
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., MIller, SH., Morgan, SG., & Marshall, DJ. (2013, November). Genetic diversity influences productivity in marine invertebrate populations. Presented at Ecology Across the Tasman. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Rius, M., Potter, EE., Aguirre, JD., & Stachowicz, JJ. (2012, August). Shifting mechanisms biotic resistance across multiple life-history stages reduce the abundance of a non-indigenous marine invertebrate. Presented at Ecological Society of America
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.Contributed to by: Aguirre-Davies, J.
Aguirre, JD., Blows, MW., & Marshall, DJ. (2011, August). Eggs choose the sperm that produce the best quality offspring. Presented at European Society for Evolutionary Biology
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aguirre-Davies, J.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 4 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

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

Co-supervisor of:

  • Andre Samayoa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial patterns of population genetic and phylogenetic diversity in New Zealand's marine environment
  • Jason Archer - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Ecology of Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Jacques De Satge - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding mangrove-avifauna relationships in New Zealand: studying the banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis assimilis) as a model species
  • Irene Middleton - Doctor of Philosophy
    Detecting and predicting the dispersal and naturalisation of foreign marine species on New Zealand reefs