Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Murray Dawson

Murray Dawson
Position: Researcher
Team: Biodiversity and Conservation
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640
Phone: +64 3 321 9645
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Interactive plant identification keys
  • Horticultural and systematic botany
  • Cytotaxonomy – plant chromosome studies
  • Molecular systematics

Current projects

Professional distinctions (also see Memberships tab)

  • 2015 Peter Ingram Award for achievement in pest plant advocacy, education or management
  • New Zealand Registrar for the International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA)
  • Associate of Honour (AHRIH), Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH)

Recent websites

Recent publications

I have authored and co-authored some 40 refereed papers and more than 80 popular articles, reviews and reports. See the Publications Tab for a more extensive list.

  • Williams S, King J, Revell M, Manley-Harris M, Balks M, Janusch F, Kiefer M, Clearwater M, Brooks P, Dawson M 2014. Regional, annual, and individual variations in the dihydroxyacetone content of the nectar of manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62(42): 10332–10340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf5045958
  • Dawson M 2014. On distant shores: New Zealand's natives as weeds abroad. New Zealand Garden Journal 17(1): 10–24. www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm
  • Houliston GJ, Dawson MI, de Lange PJ, Heenan PB 2012. Using AFLP markers to inform population management of the endemic Chatham Island toetoe, Austroderia turbaria (Poaceae). Pacific Conservation Biology 18: 33–40.
  • Paynter Q, Overton JM, Hill RL, Bellgard SE, Dawson MI 2012. Plant traits predict the success of weed biocontrol. Journal of Applied Ecology 49(5): 1140–1148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02178.x
  • Dawson MI 2012. Australian Leptospermum in cultivation: species and cultivars: the first of a two-part series. New Zealand Garden Journal 15(2): 14–22.
  • Dawson MI, Ford K 2012. Agapanthus in New Zealand. New Zealand Garden Journal 15(1): 2–18.
  • Peruzzi L, Dawson MI, Bedini G 2011. Chromosome number variation in two antipodean floras. AoB plants: 1–10.
  • Dawson MI 2010. A history of Leptospermum scoparium in cultivation: garden selections. The second of a two-part series. New Zealand Garden Journal 13(1): 2–9.
  • Dawson MI, Hobbs J, Platt G, Rumbal J 2010. Metrosideros in cultivation: pōhutukawa. The first of a two-part series. New Zealand Garden Journal 13(1): 10–22.
  • Wagstaff SJ, Dawson MI, Venter S, Munzinger J, Crayn DM, Steane DA, Lemson KL 2010. Origin, diversification, and classification of the Australasian genus Dracophyllum (Richeeae, Ericaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 235–258.


Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Reading
    MSc Plant & Fungal Taxonomy
    1995
  • Cpit
    NZCS Biology
    1983

Publications

Publications

Memberships

Memberships

  • National Executive, Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH)
  • Webmaster, Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
  • Editor, NZ Garden Journal
  • Webmaster, New Zealand Botanical Society
  • New Zealand Registrar for the International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA), Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and the International Cultivar Registration Authority
  • Editor, Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture Newsletter, Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
  • Member, ASBS, Australasian Systematic Botany Society
  • Member, New Zealand Native Orchid Group
  • Appointment onto the NZBRN (NatureWatch NZ) Trust, New Zealand Bio-diversity Recording Network
  • Appointed as the key contact for Biological Heritage Challenge Project 2.1 ‘Biosecurity Network Interventions’.
  • Member, New Zealand Biosecurity Institute, New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
  • Member, Identic Advisory Group, Identic - Lucid id and diagnostic developers, Australia
  • Webmaster, Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Skills

Skills

  • Biosystematics
  • Plant Molecular Systematics
  • Plant Systematics
  • Web Development
  • Cytotaxonomy
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Botany
  • Image Processing
  • Internet Information
  • Science Editing