- Evolutionary ecology research
- Horticultural research
- Plant diversity research
- Amalie Dietrich project
- Australian freshwater algae
- Australian mesic zone biota
- Cycad evolution and diversity
- Fern biodiversity of Australia
- Fern and gymnosperm research
- Lamiaceae & Loganiaceae
- Lamiaceae & Urticaceae
- Lepidoziaceae - southern liverworts
- Marine algae
- Myrtaceae - Biology
- Orchidaceae tribe Diurideae - phylogeny
- Orchids - DNA of ground orchids
- Pertusaria - key
- Phylogenetic biome conservatism
- Poales - aligning classification
- Poales restiid clade
- Podocarpus elatus - Quaternary climate change
- Project Camellia
- Prostanthera - pollination studies
- Proteaceae - evolution
- Restionaceae - DNA studies
- Restionaceae - new species and phylogeny
- Rutaceae - Flora of Australia
- She-oaks - tough survivors
- Telopea special edition
- Telopea 2012-2013
- Theaceae of South-East Asia
- Trees of Papua New Guinea
- Tristaniopsis in south-east Asia
- Urticaceae of Java
- Utricularia - evolution
- Utricularia - evolution and diversification
- Utricularia- phylogeny and new species
- XVIII International Botanical Congress
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- Scientific publications
Elizabeth Brown - Botanist
Dr Matthew Rennerís work on the ABRS funded Radula project continued at a great pace. Fieldwork in New Zealand, Tasmania and Queensland was extremely productive. In the early 1900ís the Tasmanian collecter W.A. Weymouth gathered the type of a Radula species near the mining town of Williamsford; translating that scanty information into likely modern day sites and successfully relocating the species was a satisfying exercise. However, these trips produced not only Radula but also other liverworts with Matt managing to find a completely new species of Acromastigum up the top of a Tasmanian mountain. Work in Queensland was particularly interesting with a new Acromastigum record for Australia (involving an extension of range from Borneo) and a number of other taxa. Avoiding Acromastigum aurescens A.Evans, previously known only from the type collection in Borneo cyclones, getting delayed by flooded roads, re-routed hundreds of kilometres by closed roads and menaced at the Babinda campsite by a cassowary were all part of the fun!
Matt also spent some time visiting herbaria in Boston, Chicago, London and Geneva after Geneva refused to loan us type material - 17 type specimens were lost somewhere in the Australian postal and quarantine system and, quite rightly, Geneva do not want to lose any more specimens of such cultural and heritage significance.
Endymion Cooper, a PhD student co-supervised by Dr Elizabeth Brown and Assoc. Prof. Murray Henwood (University of Sydney) handed in his thesis in early December and days later flew to the U.S.A. (Washington) to start a post-doctorate. In May one of his thesis chapters was published as a paper in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
It has been a good year for the bryophytes in a number of ways. The Collections Manager, Dr Dale Dixon, has reported on the move and expansion in space for the bryophytes. The move happened painlessly, thanks to the organisation of Katherine Downs and the able assistance of the interns. With the incorporation of the University of New South Wales Herbarium collection and the collecting activities of an active group of bryologists space had become a very serious issue.
Dr Matthew Renner (previously a PhD student here) rejoined us as an Australian Biological Resources Survey post-doctoral fellow. During his three year posting he will revise the Australian Radulaceae (leafy liverworts) using a range of morphometric and molecular techniques and investigate the contentious issue of what constitutes a species. He has commenced fieldwork with trips to northern New South Wales and the southern high country of NSW and Victoria where he gathered material of Radula australiana for population studies and more than doubled the number of collections held throughout the world (which isnít hard in an under-collected group).
With driving rain and an early March frost the weather wasnít pleasant but it takes a serious snow fall to deter New Zealand bryologists.
Dr Renner also spent some time in New Zealand doing fieldwork on Great Barrier Island and collaborating with researchers at the University of Auckland to set up a pilot project for ecosystem modelling. To unwind and relax he described several new species of Austrolejeunea and Lejeunea!
Endymion Cooper, a PhD student co-supervised by Dr Elizabeth Brown and Assoc. Prof. Murray Henwood (University of Sydney) received a Faculty of Science Outstanding Research Excellence Award for his paper on the liverwort family Lepidoziaceae. As part of the international Tree of Life (Liverworts) project he used more than 90 species and sequenced 10 loci to estimate the phylogeny of the family.
All photos: E Brown