Assoc Prof Mark Stevens

Senior Research Scientist Terrestrial Invertebrates

+61 8 8207 7685


Mark completed his BSc (Honours) on native bees at Flinders University in 1997. He received a doctoral scholarship from the University of Waikato in New Zealand where he completed his PhD on amphipods and Antarctic springtails in 2003. He then moved to Massey University (The Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution) as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof David Penny which allowed Mark to continue his Antarctic research. In 2004, he was awarded a four-year postdoctoral fellowship from the New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology. In 2008 Mark joined the Museum as Research Scientist in the Terrestrial Invertebrates Section.


Positions at Other Organisations

  • Associate Professor (Affiliate), University of Adelaide

  • Affiliate, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, New Zealand


Research Interests                     

Invertebrates, in particular work on Collembola, but also Crustacea and Hymenoptera. Combining morphological and molecular data to determine the systematic position of Antarctic and Australasian groups.

An important aspect to current work is an integrated molecular, systematic and palaeoecological approach to allow patterns in phylogenetic/phylogeographic diversification to be traced from origins to the present and contrasted against climate/biome shifts (e.g. aridification).


Current Research Projects

Biodiversity and population genetics of groundwater calcrete ecosystems of central Western Australia.   A. Austin, S. Cooper, M. Harvey, W. Humphreys and M. Stevens2010–2012, ARC Linkage project, $315,000. 

Environmental genomics: Mining, climate change, water, crime and health.  A. Cooper, D. Adelson, B. Brook, J. Facelli, Cross, M. Stevens, Paton and Kok.  2009–2012, ARC Linkage project, $500,000.

Effects of fire on the reproductive ecology of terrestrial orchids and on their pollinators in fragmented landscapes of southern Australia. J. Facelli, A. Austin, S. Cooper, M. Stevens and R. Faast.  2012–2014, ARC Linkage project, $276,000.

Native bees in the South Pacific – taxonomy, diversity, conservation and potential roles in agriculture.  M. Schwarz,  M. Stevens and S. Groom. 2010–2012, Australia & Pacific Science Foundation, $45,000. 

Molecular studies of the origins and dispersal patterns of invertebrates in the Antarctic and Subantarctic.   M. Stevens. Australian Antarctic Division, Australian Antarctic Science Grant and South Australian Museum.

Hidden Treasure project.  N. Nelson, A. Drummond, R. Newcombe, M. Stevens, T. Buckley, J. Russell and H. Ross.  2012–2014, Allan Wilson Centre, Allan Wilson Centre Strategic Core Funding, $363,000.



  • BSc (Hons), Flinders University (1997)

  • PhD, Waikato University, New Zealand (2003)


Current Teaching Responsibilities          

  • Supervisor of PhD students, University of Adelaide
  • Co-supervisor of PhD students, Flinders University



  1. Czechowski, P., Sands, C. J., Adams, B. J., D’Haese, C. A., Gibson, J. A. E., and Stevens M. I. (2012). Antarctic Tardigrada: a first step in understanding MOTUs and biogeography of cryptic meiofauna. Invertebrate Systematics 26: 526–538. 
  2. Magalhães, C., Stevens, M. I., Cary, S. C., Ball, B. A., Storey, B. C., Wall, D. H., Türk, R., and Ruprecht, U. (2012). At the limits of life: multidisciplinary insights reveals environmental constraints on biotic diversity in continental Antarctica. PLoS ONE 7:9: e44578. 
  3. Porco, D., Bedos, A., Greenslade, P., Janion, C., Skarżyński ,D., Stevens, M. I., and Deharveng, L. (2012). Shaking species delimitation in Collembola: cryptic diversity among common springtails unveiled by DNA barcoding. Invertebrate Systematics 26: 470–477.
  4. Stevens, M. I., Porco, D., D’Haese, C. A., and Deharveng, L. (2011). Comment on “Taxonomy and the DNA Barcoding Enterprise” by Ebach (2011). Zootaxa 2838: 85–88.
  5. Greenslade, P., Stevens, M. I., Torricelli, G., and D’Haese, C.A. (2011). An ancient Antarctic endemic genus restored: morphological and molecular support for Gomphiocephalus hodgsoni (Collembola: Hypogastruridae). Systematic Entomology 36: 223–240.
  6. McGaughran, A., Stevens, M. I., and Holland, B. (2010) Biogeography of circum-Antarctic springtails. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 48–58.
  7. Convey, P., Stevens, M. I., Hodgson, D. A., Hillenbrand, C-D., Clarke, A., Pugh, P. J. A., Smellie, J. L., and Cary, S. C. (2009). Exploring biological constraints on the glacial history of Antarctica. Quaternary Science Reviews 28: 3035–3048.
  8. Ashton, G. V., Stevens, M. I., Hart, M. C., Green, D. H., Burrows, M. T., Cook, E. J., and Willis, K. J. (2008). Mitochondrial DNA reveals multiple northern hemisphere introductions of Caprella mutica (Crustacea, Amphipoda). Molecular Ecology 17: 1293–1303.
  9. Stevens, M. I., Hogendoorn, K., and Schwarz, M. P. (2007). Evolution of sociality by natural selection on variances in reproductive fitness: evidence from a social bee. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 153. 
  10. Convey, P., and Stevens, M. I. (2007). Antarctic Biodiversity. Science 317: 1877–1878.