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Drew, Josh

E3B Lecturer and M.A. Program Advisor

E3B Lecturer and M.A. Program Advisor
Ph.D., (2008) Boston University Marine Program
Research Description

My work looks at the ecology evolution and conservation of coral reefs across Melanesia and the Southwest Pacific. While I think broadly about these topics, I specifically focus on processes operating at three different spatial and temporal scales.  First, I am interested in quantifying community level connectivity among reefs in the South Pacific. I have used a variety of molecular genetic techniques to understand the spatial scales over which reefs are connected using comparative phylogeographic methods. At deeper evolutionary scales, I have also been using merisitic and morphological data to describe new endemic species throughout the region and to understand the phylogenetics of widespread species. Finally, I have brought these themes together in an explicit conservation context by working with the Fijian government to help incorporate these empirically derived data into their national system of marine protected areas. The second theme I am interested in investigating is historical ecology.  Lastly, I am interested in the phylogenetics of community assembly.

Research Keywords: Evolutionary ecology, Conservation biology

Representative Publications

Drew, J.A., Phillips, C. and Westneat, M.W. (2013) Shark Tooth Weapons from the 19th Century Reflect Shifting Baselines in Central Pacific Predator Assemblies. PLoS ONE 8(4): e59855

Drew, J.A. and Kaufman, L. (2012) Functional endemism: population connectivity, shifting baselines, and the scale of human experience. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.446

Drew, J.A. and Barber, P.H. (2012) Comparative phylogeography in Fijian coral reef fishes:

A multi-taxa approach towards marine reserve design. PLOS One 7(10): e47710

Drew, J.A., Holmes, D.*, Mandecki, J., McCord, C., Mungkaje, A,. Richardson, A.*,and Westneat, M. (2012) Biogeography and Conservation of shorefishes in PapuaNew Guinea with a preliminary checklist of the marine fishes of Bootless Bay, Central Province, Papua New Guinea.


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