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Mary Morgan-Richards

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Mary Morgan-Richards
Mary Morgan-Richards in 2019
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary biology
InstitutionsMassey University

Mary Morgan-Richards is a New Zealand biologist, and as of 2019 is a full professor at Massey University.[1]

Academic career[edit]

In 1995, Morgan-Richard's completed a PhD thesis titled 'Weta Karyotypes: the Systematic Significance of Their Variation' at the Victoria University of Wellington. Between 1996 and 2003, she worked at the University of St Andrews, University of Otago, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Canterbury successively. In 2005 Morgan-Richards moved to the Massey University, rising to full professor in 2018.[1]


Morgan-Richard's research has focused on topics in evolutionary biology such as speciation[2][3] and hybridisation,[4][5] as well as conservation biology, using population genetics,[6] and phylogenetic methods.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Native New Zealand invertebrates including wētā,[5][8][10][13][16][17][18][19][20][21][22] stick insects,[4][23] and snails[6][11][12][14][15][24] are often the subject of her research. She has scientifically described multiple species of wētā.[16][21][25] Morgan-Richard's phylogenetic research has also focused on birds and their parasites.[7][9][26]

Taxa named in Morgan-Richard's honour[edit]


  • Trewick, Steve, & Morgan-Richards, Mary. (2019). Wild Life New Zealand. Hand-in-Hand Press, New Zealand, ISBN 978-0-473-48320-3.

Selected research[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Prof Mary Morgan-Richards - Professor in Evolutionary Biology - Massey University".
  2. ^ Vaux, Felix; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2016). "Lineages, splits and divergence challenge whether the terms anagenesis and cladogenesis are necessary". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 117 (2): 165–76. doi:10.1111/bij.12665.
  3. ^ Vaux, Felix; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2017). "Speciation through the looking-glass". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 120 (2): 480–488. doi:10.1111/bij.12872.
  4. ^ a b Morgan-Richards, M.; Trewick, S. A. (2005). "Hybrid origin of a parthenogenetic genus?". Molecular Ecology. 14 (7): 2133–2142. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2005.02575.x. PMID 15910332. S2CID 29709325.
  5. ^ a b Mckean, Natasha E.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2016). "Little or no gene flow despite F1hybrids at two interspecific contact zones". Ecology and Evolution. 6 (8): 2390–2404. doi:10.1002/ece3.1942. ISSN 2045-7758. PMC 4783458. PMID 27066230.
  6. ^ a b Gemmell, Michael R.; Trewick, Steven A.; Crampton, James S.; Vaux, Felix; Hills, Simon F.K.; Daly, Elizabeth E.; Marshall, Bruce A.; Beu, Alan G.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2018). "Genetic structure and shell shape variation within a rocky shore whelk suggest both diverging and constraining selection with gene flow". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 125 (4): 827–843. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/bly142.
  7. ^ a b Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A.; Bartosch-Härlid, Anna; Kardailsky, Olga; Phillips, Matthew J.; McLenachan, Patricia A.; Penny, David (2008). "Bird evolution: testing the Metaves clade with six new mitochondrial genomes". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 8 (1): 20. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-20. PMC 2259304. PMID 18215323.
  8. ^ a b Pratt, Renae C.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A. (2008). "Diversification of New Zealand weta (Orthoptera: Ensifera: Anostostomatidae) and their relationships in Australasia". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 363 (1508): 3427–3437. doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0112. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 2607373. PMID 18782727.
  9. ^ a b Pratt, Renae C.; Gibb, Gillian C.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Phillips, Matthew J.; Hendy, Michael D.; Penny, David (2008). "Toward Resolving Deep Neoaves Phylogeny: Data, Signal Enhancement, and Priors". Molecular Biology and Evolution. 26 (2): 313–326. doi:10.1093/molbev/msn248. hdl:1885/57145. PMID 18981298.
  10. ^ a b Cook, Lorraine D.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Johns, Peter M. (2010). "Status of the New Zealand cave weta (Rhaphidophoridae) genera Pachyrhamma, Gymnoplectron and Turbottoplectron". Invertebrate Systematics. 24 (2): 131–138. doi:10.1071/IS09047. ISSN 1447-2600.
  11. ^ a b Hills, Simon F.K.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2011). "Phylogenetic information of genes, illustrated with mitochondrial data from a genus of gastropod molluscs". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 104 (4): 770–785. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01756.x.
  12. ^ a b Hills, Simon F.K.; Crampton, James S.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2012). "DNA and Morphology Unite Two Species and 10 Million Year Old Fossils". PLOS ONE. 7 (12): e52083. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...752083H. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052083. PMC 3527379. PMID 23284880.
  13. ^ a b Bulgarella, Mariana; Trewick, Steven A.; Minards, Niki A.; Jacobson, Melissa J.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2013). "Shifting ranges of two tree weta species (Hemideina spp.): competitive exclusion and changing climate". Journal of Biogeography. 41 (3): 524–535. doi:10.1111/jbi.12224. ISSN 0305-0270. S2CID 62892108.
  14. ^ a b Vaux, Felix; Hills, Simon F.K.; Marshall, Bruce A.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2017). "A phylogeny of Southern Hemisphere whelks (Gastropoda: Buccinulidae) and concordance with the fossil record". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 114 (2017): 367–381. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.06.018. PMID 28669812.
  15. ^ a b Vaux, Felix; Crampton, James S.C.; Trewick, Steven A.; Marshall, Bruce A.; Beu, Alan G.; Hills, Simon F.K.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2018). "Evolutionary lineages of marine snails identified using molecular phylogenetics and geometric morphometric analysis of shells". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 127 (October 2018): 626–637. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.06.009. PMID 29913310. S2CID 49303166.
  16. ^ a b Morgan-Richards, M (1995). "A new species of tree weta from the North Island of New Zealand (Hemideina: Stenopelmatidae: Orthoptera)". New Zealand Entomologist. 18: 15–23. doi:10.1080/00779962.1995.9721996.
  17. ^ Morgan-Richards, M (1997). "Intraspecific karyotype variation is not concordant with allozyme variation in the Auckland tree weta of New Zealand, Hemideina thoracica (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae)". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 60 (4): 423–442. doi:10.1006/bijl.1996.0114.
  18. ^ Griffin, Melissa J.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A. (2011). "Is the tree weta Hemideina crassidens an obligate herbivore?" (PDF). New Zealand Natural Sciences. 36: 11–19.
  19. ^ Griffin, Melissa J.; Trewick, Steve A.; Wehi, Priscilla M.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2011). "Exploring the concept of niche convergence in a land without rodents: the case of weta as small mammals". New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 35 (3): 302–307.
  20. ^ Wehi, Priscilla M.; Jorgensen, Murray; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2013). "Sex- and season-dependent behaviour in a flightless insect, the Auckland tree weta (Hemideina thoracica)". New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 37 (1): 75–83.
  21. ^ a b Taylor Smith, Briar L.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A. (2013). "New Zealand ground wētā (Anostostomatidae: Hemiandrus): descriptions of two species with notes on their biology". New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 40 (4): 314–329. doi:10.1080/03014223.2013.804422.
  22. ^ Mckean, NE; Trewick, SA; Morgan-Richards, M (2015). "Comparative cytogenetics of North Island tree wētā in sympatry". New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 42 (2): 73–84. doi:10.1080/03014223.2015.1032984. ISSN 0301-4223. S2CID 56256942.
  23. ^ Stringer, Ian A. N.; Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A. (2010). "Geographic parthenogenesis and the common tea-tree stick insect of New Zealand" (PDF). Molecular Ecology. 19 (6): 1227–1238. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04542.x. PMID 20163549. S2CID 25972583. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  24. ^ Vaux, Felix; Crampton, James S.; Marshall, Bruce A.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2017). "Geometric morphometric analysis reveals that the shells of male and female siphon whelks Penion chathamensis are the same size and shape". Molluscan Research. 37 (3): 194–201. doi:10.1080/13235818.2017.1279474. S2CID 90288210.
  25. ^ Taylor-Smith, Briar L.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2016). "Three new ground wētā species and a redescription of Hemiandrus maculifrons". New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 43 (4): 363–383. doi:10.1080/03014223.2016.1205109. ISSN 0301-4223. S2CID 88565199.
  26. ^ Bulgarella, Mariana; Quenu, Mathieu; Shepherd, Lara D.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2018). "The ectoparasites of hybrid ducks in New Zealand (Mallard x Grey Duck)". International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 7 (3): 335–342. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.09.005. PMC 6154467. PMID 30258780.

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