Shelley Langton-Myers

Shelley S. Langton-Myers

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)

B.S. Biology - Massey University, 2009

Ph.D. Entomology - University of Auckland, 2014

Shelley's primary research goals were directed towards understanding species diversity and the maintenance of species. Her work examined leaf litter beetle distributions in the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains provide an interesting environment for looking into how species respond to anthropogenic environmental change. A large proportion of these mountains have been subjected to historic deforestation, then left to produce secondary forest. Yet, a few undisturbed old growth forests remain. Her work looked into patterns of colonization and survival in beetle populations. By utilizing population genetics and species composition data she asked whether environmental change across a relatively short timescale affects a species evolutionary trajectory, and the importance of old growth forest refugium as a source for colonization of secondary forest.

Relevant publications:

Caterino, M.S. and S.S. Langton-Myers. 2019. Intraspecific diversity and phylogeography in Southern Appalachian Dasycerus carolinensis Horn. Insect Systematics & Diversity 3(6): 1-12. (, M.S. and S.S. Langton-Myers. 2018. Long-term population persistence of flightless weevils (Eurhoptus pyriformis) across old- and second-growth forests patches in southern Appalachia. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18 (165) 1-16.(, M.S., Vásquez-Vélez, L.M., and S.S. Myers. 2017. On the conservation value of second-growth forests for leaf-litter inhabiting beetles. Insect Systematics & Diversity 1(1): 20-28.

Previous research:

I am originally from Auckland, New Zealand. I earned a BSc in Zoology from Massey University in Palmerston North. I continued at Massey to do an Honours project in the Phoenix Lab looking at ploidy levels in the parthenogenetic stick insect genus Acanthoxyla. I then moved back to Auckland where I continued to work on New Zealand stick insects for my Ph.D. at The University of Auckland and Landcare Research. My Ph.D. involved a through investigation of the stick insect genus Clitarchus. This project undertook a multidisplinary approach involving behavior, population genetics, and morphology analysis through CT scanning. These techniques allowed me to gain insights into the natural history of this genus, and provided information on how Northland’s biogeography has affected populations today. This work involved looking at secondary contact events between species and lead to my interest in colonizing populations.

Present address:

Ecoquest Education Foundation Te Rarangahau Taiao

1204 East Coast Rd.


RD3 Pokeno 2473

Aotearoa New Zealand


Shelley Myers