Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Richard Jobson


Research Scientist


Science & Conservation


Plant Diversity


+61 2 9231 8082

+61 2 9241 3892

Research experience

  • University of Queensland, PhD
  • University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Fellow (fungal genomics)
  • Université Montpellier (CNRS), Research Associate (phylogenomics of mammals)
  • University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Fellow (plant genome evolution)
  • Cornell University, Postdoctoral associate (phylogenetics in Mimosoideae)

Current research (*Hons/MSc projects available 2015-2017)

  • Systematic, taxonomic, and biogeographic studies in the Australian Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae):
    • Taxonomic revision of the Australian species
    • Utricularia pollination syndromes across the monsoonal tropics*
    • Diversification in Utricularia from Artesian mounds springs*
    • Phylogeography within Utricularia species complexes (with P. Baleeiro)
  • Phylogeny, phylogeography and species limits within Themeda (Poaceae)*
  • Taxonomic limits in the Australian Hypericum (Clusiaceae)
  • Phylogenetics and genome size variation in Callitriche (Plantaginaceae) and Potamogeton (Potamogetonaceae) (with Dr Z. Kaplan & Dr B. Hellquist)
  • A temporal evolutionary framework of land plants (with Prof Yin Long Qiu, Uni of Michigan)

Postgraduate students

  • Paulo Baleeiro Souza, PhD (with PT Sano, Universidade de São Paulo). Evolution and biogeography of neotropical Lentibulariaceae.

Research interests

  • Understanding Australia‚Äôs plant diversity, taxonomy, and biogeography, to contribute to the conservation and management of their habitats
  • Evolution of aquatic plant lineages
  • Taxonomic issues in the Australian grasses


  • Phylogenetics, taxonomy, Lentibulariaceae, aquatic plants, systematics and evolution in plants and animals

Key publications

  • Jobson RW et al. (in prep) Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of the Australian Utricularia.
  • Jobson RW, Baleeiro PB (in prep) Phylogeography and species limits in the Utricularia dichotoma complex (Lentibulariaceae).
  • Jobson RW, Baleeiro PB (in prep) Two new species of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from the north west region of Western Australia.
  • P.B Baleeiro, Jobson RW, Sano PT (submitted) Morphometric approach to address taxonomic problems: the case of Utricularia sect. Foliosa (Lentibulariaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution.
  • Jobson RW (2013) Five new species of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from Australia. Telopea 15: 127-142.
  • Jobson RW (2012) Utricularia corneliana R.W.Jobson (Lentibulariaceae), a new species from the North Kennedy district of Queensland. Austrobaileya 8 (4), 601-607.
  • Jobson RW, Conn BJ (2012) Drosera capensis (Droseraceae), a new naturalised record for Australia. Telopea 14, 89-92.
  • Jobson RW, Conn BJ (2012) Utricularia subulata L. (Lentibulariaceae): a new weed record of an Australian native for New South Wales, Australia. Telopea 14, 83-88.
  • Jobson RW (2012) A new species of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from northern Queensland, Australia. Telopea 14: 49-57.
  • Jobson RW & Y-L Qiu (2011) Amino acid compositional shifts during streptophyte transitions to terrestrial habitats. Journal of Molecular Evolution 72: 204-214.
  • Reut M & Jobson RW (2010) A phylogenetic study of subgenus Polypompholyx: a parallel radiation of Utricularia (Lentibuariaceae) throughout Australasia. Aust. J. Syst. Bot. 23: 152-161.
  • Jobson RW, Dehne-Garcia A, & N Galtier (2010) Longevity-related adaptation of mitochondrial amino acid content is due to nucleotide compositional shifts. Mitochondrion 10: 540-547.
  • Jobson RW, Nabholz B, & N Galtier (2010) An evolutionary genome scan for longevity-related natural selection in mammals. Molecular Biology & Evolution 27: 840-847.
  • Albert VA, RW Jobson, TP Michael & DJ Taylor (2010) The carnivorous bladderwort (Utricularia, Lentibulariaceae): a system inflates. J. Experimental Botany 61: 5-9.
  • Galtier N, RW Jobson, B Nabholz, S Glemin, & UP Blier (2009) Mitochondrial whims: metabolic rate, longevity and the rate of molecular evolution. Biology Letters 5: 413-416.
  • Jobson RW & Y-L Qiu (2008) Did RNA editing in plant organellar genomes originate under natural selection or through genetic drift? Biology Direct 3: 43.
  • Qiu Y-L, L Li, B Wang, Z Chen, O Dombrovska, J Lee, L Kent, R Li, RW Jobson, TA Hendry, DW Taylor, CM Testa, & M Ambros (2007) A non-flowering land plant phylogeny inferred from nucleotide sequences of seven chloroplast, mitochondrial and nuclear genes. International Journal of Plant Sciences 168: 691-708.
  • Jobson RW & M Luckow (2007) A phylogenetic study of genus Piptadenia (Benth.) using plastid trnL-F and trnk/matK sequence data. Systematic Botany 32: 569-575.
  • Hiniker A, G Ren, B Heras, Y Zheng, S Laurinec, RW Jobson, J Stuckey, JL Martin, & JCA Bardwell (2007) Laboratory evolution of one disulfide isomerase to resemble another. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 104: 11670-11675.
  • Laakkonen L, RW Jobson, & Albert VA (2006) A new model for the evolution of carnivory in the bladderwort plant (Utricularia): adaptive changes in cytochrome c oxidase (COX) provide respiratory power. Plant Biology 8: 758-764.
  • Luckow M, et al. (2005) Acacia: the case against moving the type to Australia. Taxon 54: 513-519.
    Jobson RW, R Nielsen, M Wikström, L Laakkonen, & VA Albert (2004) Adaptive evolution of cytochrome c oxidase: infrastructure for a carnivorous plant radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 101: 18064-68.
  • Jobson RW, J Playford, KM Cameron, & VA Albert (2003) Molecular phylogeny of Lentibulariaceae inferred from rps16 and trnL-F chloroplast gene regions: implications for character evolution and biogeography. Systematic Botany 28: 157-171.
  • Cameron KM, K Wurdack, & RW Jobson (2002) Molecular evidence for the common origin of snap-traps among carnivorous plants. American Journal of Botany 89: 1503-1509.
  • Jobson RW & VA Albert (2002) Molecular rates parallel diversification contrasts in carnivorous plant sister lineages. Cladistics 18: 127-136.
  • Jobson RW & EC Morris (2001) Feeding ecology of a carnivorous bladderwort (Utricularia uliginosa, Lentibulariaceae). Austral Ecology 26: 680-691.
  • Jobson RW, EC Morris & S Burgin (2000) Carnivory and nitrogen supply affect the growth of the bladderwort Utricularia uliginosa. Australian Journal of Botany 48: 549-560.

Reports and General Publications

  • Jobson RW (2013) Callitriche cyclocarpa (Western Water Starwort). PAS2 Data  Deficient species - NSW OEH.
  • Barker WR & RW Jobson (2013) Mimulus orbicularis Benth. (Phrymaceae), a newly  recorded aquatic from northern Queensland. Australasian Systematic Botany  Society Newsletter 156: 11-12.