Research and publications

A list of my publications is available below. Feel free to contact me at leilaniwalker [at] aucklandmuseum.com for pdfs

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Behavioural ecology of terrestrial invertebrates

I use invertebrate models to answer evolutionary questions with a particular interest in sexual selection

Equity in higher education

I was one of the only Māori students in my doctoral program and Indigenous narratives were all but absent throughout my education. I hope that this work helps to prepare a space for future Māori and Pasifika scientists to thrive.


Peer-reviewed publications

McCambridge JE, Painting CP, Walker LA. & Holwell GI (2021). Contests between male New Zealand sheet-web spiders, Cambridgea plagiata (Araneae: Desidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology. DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2021.1909081

McAllister TG, Naepi S, Wilson E, Hikuroa D, Walker, LA.  (2020). Under-represented and overlooked: Māori and Pasifika scientists in Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities and crown-research institutes. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. https://doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2020.1796103

Walker LA, Sin I, Macinnis-Ng C, Hannah K, McAllister T. (2020) Where to from here? Women remain absent from senior academic positions at Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities. Education Sciences, 10(6), 152. https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7102/10/6/152

Naepi S, McAllister TG, Thomsen P, Leenen-Young M, Walker LA, McAllister AL, Theodore R, Kidman J, & Suaaliia T. (2020). The Pakaru ‘Pipeline’: Māori and Pasifika Pathways within the Academy. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 24, 142. https://doi.org/10.26686/nzaroe.v24i0.6338

Walker LA, Vink CJ, Holwell GI, & Buckley TR. (2019). A preliminary molecular phylogeny of New Zealand sheet-web spiders (Cambridgea) and implications for web allometry. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2019.1672760

Veale AJ, de Lange P, Buckley TR, Parry K, Raharaha-Nehemia K, Reihana K, Seldon D, Tawiri K, Walker LA. (2019) Using te reo Māori and te re Moriori in taxonomy. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(3), 3388. DOI: 10.20417/nzjecol.43.30 

McCambridge JE, Walker LA & Holwell GI. (2019). Natural history and ecology of the New Zealand sheetweb spiders Cambridgea plagiata and C. foliata (Araneae: Desidae). Journal of Natural History, 53(19-20), 1153-1167.

McCambridge JE, Painting CP, Walker LA & Holwell GI. (2018). Weapon allometry and phenotypic correlation in the New Zealand sheetweb spider. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 126(2), 349–359.

Walker, LA & Holwell, GI. (2018). Bad tenants; Female sheet-web spiders lose feeding opportunities when cohabiting with males. Journal of Arachnology, 46(3), 391-397.

Walker LA & Holwell, GI. (2018). The role of exaggerated chelicerae in male-male competition in sheet-web spiders (Cambridgea foliata). Animal behaviour, 139, 29-36.

Walker LA & Holwell GI. (2016). Sexual cannibalism in a facultative parthenogen: the springbok mantis (Miomantis caffra). Behavioral ecology, 27 (3): 851-856. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv221