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Dr Marco Duretto

Manager, Senior Research Scientist

I am a systematist and taxonomist with an interest in the evolution and biogeography of the Australasian flora, monographic studies, development of identification tools and floras and species discovery. My research has focused mainly on the systematics of the family Rutaceae, but I am also conducting research in other families such as Rubiaceae and Stylidiaceae. I use a variety of methodologies including morphology, anatomy and phylogenetic systematics which is now based largely on molecular data.

Current Projects

  • Phylogeny and biogeography of Boronia (Rutaceae) (with Margaret Heslewood & Mike Bayly)
  • Obligate mutual pollination systems involving Boronia (Rutaceae) and moths of the Heliozelidae (with Liz Millar, Axel Kallies, Doug Hilton & Andy Young)
  • Systematics and generic limits within the Phebalium group of genera (Rutaceae) (with Margaret Heslewood & Mike Bayly)
  • Phylogeny of the family Rutaceae (with Mark Appelhans, Mike Bayly, Margaret Heslewood, Milton Groppo, Jacquelyn Kallunki, Terry Trinder-Smith, Tony Verboom)
  • The Australian Spermacoceae (Rubiaceae: Rubioideae): systematics, evolution and historical biogeography (with Kerry Gibbons)
  • Species discovery and documentation in a number of families including Stylidiaceae.

Publication highlights 

Affiliations and committees 

2017–July 2019: Chair, New South Wales Threatened Species Scientific Committee

Scientific curatorial responsibilities in NSW Herbarium 

Adoxaceae, Adoxaceae, Adoxaceae, Akaniaceae, Alseuosmiaceae, Anacardiaceae, Anisophylleaceae, Apocynaceae, Aquifoliaceae, Argophyllaceae, Burseraceae, Calyceraceae, Cannaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Celastraceae, Columelliaceae, Connaraceae, Coriariaceae, Cornaceae, Costaceae, Curtisiaceae, Emblingiaceae, Escalloniaceae, Eucommiaceae, Francoaceae, Garryaceae, Gelsemiaceae, Gentianaceae, Goodeniaceae, Griseliniaceae, Heliconiaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Icacinaceae, Iteaceae, Loasaceae, Loganiaceae, Lowiaceae, Marantaceae, Meliaceae, Menyanthaceae, Montiniaceae, Musaceae, Nyssaceae, Oleaceae, Paracryphiaceae, Pennantiaceae, Peridiscaceae, Phellinaceae, Phyllonomaceae, Phyllonomaceae, Rhabdodendraceae, Rhizophoraceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae, Sabiaceae, Sapindaceae, Sarraceniaceae, Simaroubaceae, Staphyleaceae, Stemonuraceae, Strelitziaceae, Stylidiaceae, Surianaceae, Symplocaceae, Torricelliaceae, Zingiberaceae.