Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Margaret Heslewood

Scientific Officer

Research student: see Margaret Heslewood - Historical biogeography and phylogeography of the family Cunoniaceae (Oxalidales) in Australasia

Science & Public Programs

Plant Diversity


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  • Evaluation of genetic markers and techniques for population and phylogenetic studies
  • Collection and analysis of DNA sequence data
  • Maintaining a searchable electronic database of laboratory data
  • Assisting colleagues with phylogenetic analyses
  • Helping prepare manuscripts and reports on research outcomes
  • Giving presentations at conferences on research outcomes

Current research projects

Research interests

  • Systematics and evolution in plants and animals


  • molecular; systematics; phylogeny

Key publications - refereed journals

  • Tansey WP, Schaufele F, Heslewood M, Handford C, Reudelhuber TL and Catanzaro DF (1993) Distance-dependent interactions between basal, cyclic AMP, and thyroid hormone response elements in the rat growth hormone promoter. Journal of Biological Chemistry 268(20): 14906-14911.
  • Heslewood M, Elphinstone M, Tidemann S and Baverstock P (1998) Myoglobin intron variation in the Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae assessed by temperature gradient gel electrophoresis. Electrophoresis 19: 142-151.
  • Gadek PA, Alpers DL, Heslewood MM and Quinn CJ (2000) Relationships within Cupressaceae sensu lato: a combined morphological and molecular approach. American Journal of Botany 87(7): 1044-1057.
  • Cherry W, Brown EA, Gadek PA, Heslewood MM and Quinn CJ (2001) Pentachondra dehiscens: an aberrant  new member of Styphelieae (Epacridaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 14(4): 513-533.
  • Lam N, Wilson PG, Heslewood MM and Quinn CJ (2002) A phylogenetic analysis of the Chamelaucium alliance (Myrtaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 15(5): 535-543. 
  • Rees BJ, Marchant AD, Zucarello GC, Heslewood MM and Bartlett J (2003) A Southern Hemisphere contribution to the phylogenetic study of the Agarics. Australasian Mycologist 21(3): 102-110.
  • Quinn CJ, Crayn DM, Heslewood MM, Brown EA and Gadek PA (2003) A molecular estimate of the phylogeny of Styphelieae (Ericaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 16: 581-594.
  • Wilson PG, Heslewood MM, Lam N, Quinn CJ (2004) Progress towards a phylogeny of the Chamelaucium alliance (Myrtaceae). Australian Biologist 17(1): 28-33.
  • Wilson PG, O’Brien MM, Heslewood MM, Quinn CJ (2005) Relationships within Myrtaceae sensu lato based on a matK phylogeny. Plant Systematics and Evolution 251: 3-19.
  • Quinn CJ, Brown EA, Heslewood MM, Crayn DM (2005) Generic concepts in Styphelieae (Ericaceae): the Cyathodes group. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 439-454.
  • Crayn DM, Hislop M, Heslewood MM (2005) Additions to Lissanthe (Styphelioideae: Ericaceae) in Western Australia: L. synandra sp. nov. and L. pleurandroides comb. nov. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 555-561.
  • Wilson PG, Heslewood MM, Quinn CJ (2007) Re-evaluation of the genus Babingtonia (Myrtaceae) in Eastern Australia and New Caledonia. Australian Systematic Botany 20(4): 302–318.
  • Heslewood MM, Brown EA (2007) A molecular phylogeny of the liverwort family Lepidoziaceae Limpr. in Australasia. Plant Systematics and Evolution 265: 193-219.
  • Conn BJ, Heslewood MM, Brown EA (2008) Phylogeny of Utricularia Section Calpidisca (Lentibulariaceae). (submitted)
  • Sommerville KD, Heslewood MM, Siemon JP, Offord CA (2008) Banking site soil for the germination of terrestrial orchid seed collections. (submitted).