Research Interests: 

These recent publications reflect my current research interests :-

Ovenden JR, Berry O, Welch DJ, Buckworth RC, Dichmont CM (In press) Ocean’s eleven: a critical evaluation of the role of population, evolutionary and molecular genetics in the management of wild fisheries. Fish and Fisheries.

Ovenden JR (2013) Crinkles in connectivity: combining genetics and other types of data to estimate movement and interbreeding between populations. Marine and Freshwater Research 64, 201-207.

Ovenden JR, Kashiwagi T, Broderick D, Giles J, Salini JP (2009) The extent of population genetic subdivision differs among four co-distributed shark species in the Indo-Australian archipelago. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9, 40.

Teaching Interests: 

These publications from postgraduate students show my interest in supporting and training the next generation of scientists.

Kruck NC, Innes DI, Ovenden JR (2013) New SNPs for population genetic analysis reveal possible cryptic speciation of eastern Australian sea mullet (Mugil cephalus). Molecular Ecology Resources.

Kruck, N. C., Tibbetts, I. R., Ward, R. D., Johnson, J. W., Loh, W. K. W. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). Multi-gene barcoding to discriminate sibling species within a morphologically difficult fish genus (Sillago). Fisheries Research 143, 39-46. 

Feutry, P., Vergnes, A., Broderick, D., Lambourdiere, J., Keith, P. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). Stretched to the limit; can a short pelagic larval duration connect adult populations of an Indo-Pacific diadromous fish (Kuhlia rupestris)? Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.12192

Feutry, P., Castellin, M., Ovenden, J. R., Robinet, T., Cruaud, C. & Keith, P. (2013). Kuhliidae (Teleostean: Perciformes), a simple model to study the evolution of diadromy. American Naturalist 181, 52-63. 

Blower, D. C., Hereward, J. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). The complete mitochondrial genome of the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus. Mitochondrial DNA Early Online 1-3. doi:10.3109/19401736.2013.772154

Tillett, B. J., Meekan, M. G., Field, I. C., Thorburn, D. C. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Evidence for reproductive philopatry in the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas in northern Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 80, 2140-2158.


Tillett, B. J., Meekan, M. G., Broderick, D., Field, I. C., Cliff, G. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Pleistocene isolation, secondary introgression and restricted contemporary gene flow in the pig-eye shark, Carcharhinus amboinensis across northern Australia. . Conservation Genetics 13 99-115. . DOI 10.1007/s10592-011-0268-z

Kashiwagi, T., Marshall, A., Bennett, M. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64, 212-218. 

Blower, D. C., Pandolfi, J. M., Gomez-Cabrera, M. d. C., Bruce, B. D. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Population genetics of Australian white sharks reveals fine-scale spatial structure, transoceanic dispersal events and low effective population sizes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 455, 229-244. 

Nock, C. J., Ovenden, J. R., Butler, G. L., Wooden, I., Moore, A. & Baverstock, P. R. (2011). Population structure and assessment of stocking impact in the endangered Australian eastern freshwater cod, Maccullochella ikei. Journal of Fish Biology 78, 303-321. 

Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 

Adjunct Scientist, Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris


In the past, collaborative research funds have led to the following joint publications :-

Peel, D., Waples, R. S., Macbeth, G. M., Do, C. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). Accounting for missing data in the estimation of contemporary genetic effective population size (Ne). Molecular Ecology Resources 13, 243-253. 10.1111/1755-0998.12049


Morgan, J. A. T., Macbeth, G. M., Broderick, D., Whatmore, P., Street, R., Welch, D. J. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). Hybridisation, paternal leakage and mitochondrial DNA linearization in three anomalous fish (Scombridae). Mitochondrion.


Macbeth, G. M., Broderick, D., Buckworth, R. & Ovenden, J. R. (2013). Linkage disequilibrium estimation of effective population size with immigrants from divergent populations: a case study on Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson). G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics 3, 709-717. 10.1534/g3.112.005124


Tillett, B. J., Field, I. C., Johnson, G., Buckworth, R., Meekan, M. G., Bradshaw, C. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Accuracy of species identification by fisheries observers in a north Australian shark fishery. Fisheries Research 127-128, 109-115. 


Morgan, J., Harry, A., Welch, D., Street, R., White, J., Geraghty, P. T., Macbeth, W. G., Broderick, D., Tobin, A., Simpfendorfer, C. A. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Detection of interspecies hybridisation in Chondrichthyes: hybrids and hybrid offspring between Australian (Carcharhinus tilstoni) and Common (C. limbatus) blacktip shark found in an Australian fishery. Conservation Genetics 13, 455-463. DOI 10.1007/s10592-011-0298-6


Godwin, R. M., Brown, I. W., Montgomery, S., Frusher, S., Green, T. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). Telomere dynamics in the Sydney rock oyster (Saccostrea glomerata): an investigation of the effects of age, tissue type, location and time of sampling. Marine Biology (Berlin) 159, 77-86.


Dudgeon, C. L., Blower, D. C., Broderick, D., Giles, J. L., Holmes, B. J., Kashiwagi, T., Kruck, N. C., Morgan, J. A. T., Tillett, B. J. & Ovenden, J. R. (2012). A review of the application of genetics for fisheries management and conservation of sharks and rays. Journal of Fish Biology 80, 1789-1843. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03265.x

Qualifications and Awards: 

Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1984 Molecular and Population Genetics

BSc (Hons I) Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1981, Virology