School of Biological Sciences

Dr Kristina Ramstad

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Biological Sciences

Phone: 04 463 5277
Location: Room 803A, New Kirk Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Kristina Ramstad

My work draws on genomic and transcriptomic sequencing techniques and field based ecological studies to address fundamental questions in evolution, ecology and demography of at-risk species. I’m particularly interested in the interplay of sexual and natural selection in local adaptation, the effects of mating system on genetic variation, and impacts of genetic bottleneck effects and inbreeding on population persistence. I have worked with a broad array of taxa, including salmon and tuatara, but currently focus on New Zealand’s endemic kiwi.

I’m also interested in indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and the interface of TEK with Western science. Applied species conservation is a primary goal of both my genetics and TEK research.

In addition to research, I am a Coordinator for Study Abroad Aotearoa, an innovative programme offering a series of customized courses for overseas students.

Read more about my research:

· Ecological genomics and inbreeding depression in kiwi

· Serial founder events and survival of the little spotted kiwi

· Maori traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of tuatara


Selection of Publications

Kolle, G, HC Miller, and KM Ramstad. In preparation. De novo sequence assembly of kiwi transcriptomes: candidate gene discovery and expression analysis.

Taylor, H, NJ Nelson, and KM Ramstad. Accepted pending revision. Measuring hatching success with maximum accuracy and minimum disturbance in a cryptic and nocturnal ratite, the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii). New Zealand Journal of Zoology.

Ramstad, KM, RM Colbourne, HA Robertson, FW Allendorf, and CH Daugherty. 2013. Genetic consequences of a century of protection: serial founder events and survival of the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280, doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0576.

Shepherd, LD, TH Worthy, AJD Tennyson, RP Scofield, KM Ramstad, and DM Lambert. 2012. Ancient DNA analyses reveal contrasting phylogeographic patterns amongst kiwi (Apteryx spp.) and a recently extinct lineage of spotted kiwi. PLoS ONE 7:e42384.

Ramstad, KM, JA Moore, and JM Refsnider. 2012. Intrasexual aggression in tuatara: males and females respond differently to same-sex intruders. Herpetological Review 43:19-21.

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