Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rob Smissen

Rob Smissen
Position: Researcher/Capability Leader
Team: Systematics
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640
Phone: +64 3 321 9803
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

 

Research interests

Plant phylogeny

Reticulate evolution, species radiations, paleopolyploidy

DNA fingerprinting in species level taxonomy

 

Current projects

Phylogenetics of everlasting daisies (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae) focussing on the hybrid origins of the major “out of Africa” clades

Population genetics and taxonomy of New Zealand species of Fuscospora (southern beech)

DNA fingerprinting of harakeke and wharariki (New Zealand flax) to support curation of the National New Zealand Flax Collection and taxonomic revision of Phormium.

Reproductive isolation and speciation in Craspedia

Species delimitation in rosette Brachyglottis

Molecular systematics of NZ endemic grass Simplicia

Evolution of the divaricate plant habit in New Zealand

Phylogeny of Olearia and Celmisia (Asteraceae, Astereae)

 

Recent publications

Beveridge P, Glenny D, Smissen R 2016. Cephalozia tahora Bever. & Glenny, a new species of Cephaloziella (Jungermanniopsida, Cephaloziellaceae) from eastern Taranaki, New Zealand. Journal of Bryology [early view online]. http://doi.org/10.1080/03736687.2016.1185593

Grosse-Veldman B, Nurk NM, Smissen R, Breitwieser I, Quandt D, Weigend M 2016. Pulling the sting out of nettle systematics - a comprehensive phylogeny of the genus Urtica L. (Urticaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102: 9-19. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2016.05.019

Kramer-Walter KR, Bellingham PJ, Millar TR, Smissen RD, Richardson SJ, Laughlin DC 2016. Root traits are multidimensional: specific root length is independent from root tissue density and the plant economic spectrum. Journal of Ecology 104: 1299-1310. http://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12562

Novis P, Schallenberg M, Smissen RD 2016. Aquatic nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria associated with blooms of Didymosphenia germinata: insights from a field study. Hydrobiologia 770: 37-52. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-015-2567-8  

Smissen RD, Thorsen MJ, Breitwieser I, Ward JM 2015. DNA sequence analysis confirms the identify of the intergeneric hybrid Argyrotegium mackayi x Leucogenes leontopodium (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 53: 210-215. http://doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2015.1093000

Smissen RD, Mitchell C,Roth M, Heenan PB 2015. Absence of hybridisation between Fuscospora species at a site in Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 53: 168-174. http://doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2015.1040422

Tanentzap AJ, Brandt AJ, Smissen RD, Heenan PB, Fukami T, Lee WG 2015. When do plant radiations influence community assembly? The importance of historical contingency in the race for niche space. New Phytologist 207: 468-479. http://doi.org/10.1111/nph.13362

Breitwieser I, Ford KA, Smissen RD 2015. Characterisation of SSR markers for New Zealand Craspedia and their application in Kahurangi National park. New Zealand Journal of Botany 53: 60-73. http://doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2014.1001410.

Smissen RD, Richardson SJ, Morse CW, Heenan PB 2014. Relationships, gene flow and species boundaries among New Zealand Fuscospora (Nothofagaceae: southern beech). New Zealand Journal of Botany 52: 389-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2014.960946

Galbany-Casals M, Unwin M, Garcia-Jacas N, Smissen RD, Susanna A, Bayer R 2014. Phylogenetic relationships in Helichrysum (Compositae, Gnaphalieae) and related genera: incongruence between nuclear and plastid phylogenies, biogeographic and morphological patterns, and implications for generic delimitation. Taxon 63: 608-624.

Heenan PB, Smissen RD 2013. Revised circumscription of Nothofagus and recognition of the segregate genera Fuscospora, Lophozonia, and Trisyngyne (Nothofagaceae). Phytotaxa 146: 1-31.

Novis PM, Smissen RD, Buckley LT, Gopalakrishnan K, Visnovsky G 2013. Inclusion of chloroplast genes that have undergone expansion misleads phylogenetic reconstruction in the Chlorophyta. American Journal of Botany 100: 2194-2209.

Richardson SJ, Allen RB, Buxton RP, Easdale TA, Hurst JM, Morse CW, Smissen RD, Peltzer DA 2013. Intraspecific relationships among wood density, leaf structural traits and environment in four co-occurring species of Nothofagus in New Zealand. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58878.

Smissen RD, Morse CW, Prada D, Ramon-Laca A, Richardson SJ  2013. Characterisation of seven polymorphic microsatellites for Nothofagus subgenus Fuscospora from New Zealand. In Press. New Zealand Journal of Botany  50: 227-331.

Galbany-Casals M, Carnicero-Campany P, Blanco-Moreno JM, Smissen RD 2013. Morphological and genetic evidence of contemporary intersectional hybridisation in Mediterranean Helichrysum (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae). Plant Biology 14: 789-800.

Mennes CB, Smissen RD, Pelser PB 2012. AFLP analyses do not provide support for recognizing Brachyglottis saxifragoides as a species distinct from B. lagopus (Asteraceae; Senecioneae). New Zealand journal of botany 50: 489-495.

Smissen RD, Galbany-Casals M, Breitwieser I 2011. Ancient allopolyploidy in the everlasting daisies (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) – complex relationships among extant clades. Taxon 60: 649-662.

Galbany-Casals M, Blanco-Moreno JM, Garcia-Jacas N, Breitwieser I, Smissen RD 2011. Genetic variation in Mediterranean Helichrysum italicum (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae): do disjunct populations of subsp. microphyllum have a common origin? Plant Biology 13: 678-687.

Smissen RD, Heenan PB 2011. Interspecific hybridization among indigenous New Zealand Convolvulus (Convolvulaceae) and origins of the Awahokomo limestone population. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49: 329-338.

Smissen RD, de Lange PJ, Thorsen MJ, Ogle CC 2011. Species delimitation and genetic variation in the rare New Zealand endemic grass genus Simplicia. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49: 187-200.

 

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Victoria
    PhD Botany
    1999
  • Victoria
    BSc(Hons) Botany
    1993

Publications

Publications

  • Richardson SJ, Allen RB, Buxton RP, Easdale TA, Hurst JM, Morse CW, Smissen RD, Peltzer DA 2013. Intraspecific relationships among wood density, leaf structural traits and environment in four co-occurring species of Nothofagus in New Zealand. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58878. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058878 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Galbany-Casals M, Carnicero-Campmany P, Blanco-Moreno JM, Smissen RD 2012. Morphological and genetic evidence of contemporary intersectional hybridisation in Mediterranean Helichrysum (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae). Plant biology 14(5): 789-900. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1438-8677.2012.00568.x (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Mennes CB, Smissen RD, Pelser PB 2012. AFLP analyses do not provide support for recognizing Brachyglottis saxifragoides as a species distinct from B. lagopus (Asteraceae; Senecioneae). New Zealand journal of botany 50(4): 489-495. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Smissen RD, Morse CW, Prada D, Ramón-Laca A, Richardson SJ 2012. Characterisation of seven polymorphic microsatellites for Nothofagus subgenus Fuscospora from New Zealand. New Zealand journal of botany 50(2): 227-231. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2012.662903 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Smissen R 2011. [Abstract] Reconstructing evolutionary history of species radiations - the impact of hybridisation. Proceedings: IBC 2011: XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 23-30 July 2011. Pp. 227. (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Soreng RJ, Gillespie LJ, Boudko K, Bull R, Koba H, Smissen R, de Lange PJ 2011. [Poster abstract] The New Zealand genus Simplicia, and a new genus endemic to Japan, two new members of subtribe Poinae (Poaceae). Proceedings: IBC 2011: XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 23–30 July 2011. Pp. 675–676. (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Smissen RD, Galbany-Casals M, Breitwieser I 2011. Ancient allopolyploidy in the everlasting daisies (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae): Complex relationships among extant clades. Taxon 60: 649-662. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/iapt/tax/2011/00000060/00000003/art00003 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Smissen RD, Heenan PB 2011. Interspecific hybridization among indigenous New Zealand Convolvulus (Convolvulaceae) and the affinities of the Awahokomo limestone population. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49(3): 329-338. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113347482 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Scheele S 2011. What’s in a name? Identical harakeke varieties in the Orchiston Collections. Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa 49: 6–7. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Galbany-Casals M, Blanco-Moreno JM, Garcia-Jaxas N, Breitwieser I, Smissen RD 2011. Genetic variation in Mediterranean Helichrysum italicum (Asteraceae; Gnaphalieae): do disjunct populations of subsp. microphyllum have a common origin? Plant Biology 13(4): 678–687. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1438-8677.2010.00411.x (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Smissen RD, de Lange PJ, Thorsen MJ, Ogle CC 2011. Species delimitation and genetic variation in the rare New Zealand endemic grass genus Simplicia. New Zealand journal of botany 49(2): 187-199. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0028825X.2010.525244 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Scheele S, Smissen R 2010. Insights into the origin and identity of National New Zealand Flax Collection plants from simple sequence repeat (SSR) genotyping. New Zealand journal of botany 48(1): 41 - 54. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • de Lange PJ, Smissen RD, Wagstaff SJ, Keeling DJ, Murray BG, Toelken HR 2010. A molecular phylogeny and infrageneric classification for Kunzea (Myrtaceae) inferred from rDNA ITS and ETS sequences. Australian systematic botany 23(5): 309-319. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Smissen RD, Heenan PB 2010. A taxonomic appraisal of the Chatham Islands flax (Phormium tenax) using morphological and DNA fingerprint data. Australian systematic botany 23(5): 371-380. (Journal Article, 2010)

Skills

Skills

  • Biosystematics
  • Botany
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Curator-Herbarium
  • Ethnobotany
  • Herbarium
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Molecular Systematics
  • Plant Systematics
  • Treaty of Waitangi Issues