Staff Profile

Dr Maren Wellenreuther
Science Group Leader, Seafood Production
Seafood Technologies

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Dr Maren Wellenreuther


Vordiplom, University of Gottingen, Germany
Dimpl-Biologin, University of Hamburg, Germany
MSc (Hons), University of Adelaide and University of Hamburg, Australia/Germany
PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research Interests & Activities

Focus on topics such as sexual selection, adaptation, aquaculture, selective breeding and population demography.

Honours & Awards

2020 Keynote Darwin lecture at the University of Oslo, Norway. Theme Sequencing life – for the future of life
2019 Keynote at the workshop on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics in the blue Mountains Katoomba, Australia
2019 Selected Member on the national Marsden panel (Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour) in New Zealand
2018 Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Sciences (known as the Hamilton Award), New Zealand
2018 Selected Member on the national PBRF panel in New Zealand
2017 Science New Zealand National ‘Early Career Researcher Award’, New Zealand
2014 Docent at Lund University, Sweden
2013 KVA King Carl XVI Gustaf's 50-years scholarship for the promotion and contribution to the knowledge and preservation of biological diversity, Sweden2013 Selected member of the LMK-foundations idea forum for young researchers 2013, Björkliden, Sweden
2007 Marian Cranwell Prize for best ecological PhD thesis of the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2006 The University of Auckland 'Doctoral Completion Award', New Zealand
2003 Third prize in the poster competition of the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2002 Prize for the best oral presentation at the New Zealand Marine Science Conference, New Zealand

Professional Memberships

2020 Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Expert Panel - What might fishing look like in 2040?
2019 Board member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Blue Economy CRC, Australia
2017–2019 Guest Associate Editor, Molecular Ecology
2015–present Associate Editor, Evolutionary Applications
2013–15 Principal Investigator and Board Member of the excellence centre, CAnMove, Sweden

Key Publications

Mérot C, Oomen RA, Tigano A, Wellenreuther M (in press) A Roadmap for Understanding the Evolutionary Significance of Structural Genomic Variation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
Mérot C, Llaurens V, Normandeau E, Bernatchez L, Wellenreuther M (2020) Balancing selection via life-history trade-offs maintains an inversion polymorphism in a seaweed fly. Nature Communications 11 (1), 1-11
Wellenreuther M, Mérot C, Berdan E, Bernatchez L (2019) Going beyond SNPs: the role of structural genomic variants in adaptive evolution and species diversification. Molecular Ecology 28 (6), 1203-1209
Wellenreuther M, Le Luyer J, Cook D, Ritchie PA, Bernatchez L (2019) Domestication and temperature modulate gene expression signatures and growth in the Australasian snapper Chrysophrys auratus. G3 Genes, Genomes, Genetics 9 (1), 105-116
Catanach A, Crowhurst R, Deng C, David C, Bernatchez L, Wellenreuther M (2019) The genomic pool of standing structural variation outnumbers single nucleotide polymorphism by threefold in the marine teleost Chrysophrys auratus. Molecular Ecology 28 (6), 1210-1223
Merot C, Berdan E, Babin C, Normandeau E, Wellenreuther M, Bernatchez L (2018) Karyotype-environment associations support a role for a chromosomal inversion in local adaptation among North American populations of the seaweed fly Coelopa frigida. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285 (1881), 20180519
Wellenreuther M and Bernatchez L (2018) Eco-evolutionary genomics of chromosomal inversions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 33 (6), 427-440
Bernatchez L, Wellenreuther M*, Araneda C, Ashton D, Barth JM, Beacham TD, Maes GE, Martinsohn JT, Miller KM, Naish KA, Ovenden JR, Primmer CR, Ho Young S, Therkildsen NO, Withler RE (2017) Harnessing the power of genomics to secure the future of seafood. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32 (9), 665-680 (*shared first authorship)
Wellenreuther M and Otto S (2016) Women in evolution – highlighting the changing face of evolutionary biology. Evolutionary Applications 9 (1), 3–16