Phoenix Group

Evolutionary Ecology & Genetics

Julia Goldberg

About myself:

I am from Germany and completed my Masters in 2003 at the University of Goettingen, Germany on “Intragenomic variation, evolution and phylogenetic potential of the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS1 & 2) of the ribosomal DNA within the most original Metazoa, sponges (Phylum Porifera)”. I came to New Zealand in 2004 to do a PhD with Steve and Mary on the evolutionary history, speciation, phylogeography and population genetics of selected animal taxa in New Zealand and the Chatham Islands (“Speciation and phylogeography in the New Zealand archipelago”). For my PhD I worked on a diverse set of taxa, e.g. woodpigeon (Hemiphaga), carabid beetles (Mecodema), grasshoppers (Phaulacridium) and cave weta (Talitropsis). In general I am interested in how species evolve, the phylogeography of taxa and the wider questions regarding the evolutionary history of biotas.


Julia Goldberg


Goldberg J., S.A. Trewick (2011) Exploring phylogeographic congruence in a continental island system. Insects. 2: 369-399.

Goldberg J., S.A. Trewick & R.G. Powlesland (2011) Population structure and biogeography of Hemiphaga pigeons (Aves: Columbidae) on islands in the New Zealand region. Journal of Biogeography, 38, 285-298.

Campbell, H., Begg, J., Beu, A., Carter, B., Curtis, N., Davies, G., Emberson, R., Given, D., Goldberg, J., Holt, K., Hoernli, K., Malahoff, A., Mildenhall, D., Landis, C., Paterson, A. & Trewick, S. (2009) Geological considerations relating to the Chatham Islands, mainland New Zealand and the history of New Zealand terrestrial life. Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication, 126 (ed. by S.A. Trewick, N. Hillier & R. Cooper), pp. 5-6. ISBN: 978-1-877480-04-1.

Goldberg J., S.A. Trewick & A.M. Paterson (2008) Evolution of New Zealand’s terrestrial fauna: a review of molecular evidence. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 363, 3319-3334.

Goldberg, J. & S.A. Trewick (2008) Maximum age for a carabid beetle radiation in New Zealand (Coleoptera: Broscini: Mecodema). P. 213 in: Gradstein, S.R., Klatt, S., Normann, F., Weigelt, P., Willmann, R. & Wilson, R. (eds): Systematics 2008. Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 425 pp. ISBN: 978-3-940344-23-6.

Paterson, A.M., S.A. Trewick, K. Armstrong, J. Goldberg & A. Mitchell (2006) Recent and emergent: molecular analysis of the biota supports a young Chatham Islands. Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication, 121 (ed. by S.A. Trewick & M.J. Phillips), pp. 27-29. ISBN: 0-908678-04-5.

Trewick, S.A., J. Goldberg. & M. Morgan-Richards (2005) Fewer species of Argosarchus and Clitarchus stick insects (Phasmida, Phasmatinae): evidence from nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Zoologica Scripta, 34: 483-491.

Wörheide, G., S.A. Nichols & J. Goldberg (2004) Intragenomic variation of the rDNA internal transcribed spacers in sponges (Phylum Porifera): implications for phylogenetic studies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 33: 816-830.

Professional Affiliations
· The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
· International Biogeography Society (IBS)
· Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB)
· Gesellschaft für biologische Systematik (GfbS)

Selected Oral Presentations
- 5th Southern Connection Congress, Adelaide, Australia (2007) (“The Chatham Islands: ancient rocks – new biota”).

- 37th Annual Conference of the Australian Entomological Society joint conference with Entomological Society of New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia (2006) (“Colonization and speciation of the grasshopper genus Phaulacridium (Orthoptera: Acrididae”).

- 8th New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch (2005) (“Clocks & Splits – Estimating the age of species diversity in New Zealand on the beetle genus Mecodema (Carabidae: Broscini)”).

Selected Poster Presentations
- XX. International Congress of Genetics (2008) of the International Genetics Federation, Berlin, Germany (“Pigeon evolution: integrating from DNA barcoding to the Tree of Life”).

- Systematics 2008, the 10th Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfbS) & 18th International Symposium "Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology" of the German Botanical Society, Göttingen, Gemany (2008) (“Maximum age for a carabid beetle radiation in New Zealand (Coleoptera: Broscini: Mecodema)”).

- Evolution 2007 Conference of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), Christchurch, New Zealand (“Talitropsis And Relative Dimensions In Space – phylogeography of a New Zealand cave cricket (Orthoptera: Raphidophoridae)”).- 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Tenerife, Canary Islands (2007) (“The Chatham Islands: ancient rocks – new biota”)

- International Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting (MBE05) in conjunction with the Genetic Society of Australasia, Auckland, New Zealand (2005) (“Rates of Speciation – patterns of diversification among New Zealand insects”).


Celatoblatta sp.

Geodorcus sororum

Geodorcus sororum


Hemiphaga n. novaeseelandiae


Mecodema sp


Talitropsis crassicruris

Chatham islands

Field work @ Chatham Islands, NZ