Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rob Smissen

Rob Smissen
Position: Researcher
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

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

 

Recent publications

Galbany-Casals M, Unwin M, Garcia-Jacas N, Smissen RD, Susanna A, Bayer R In press. 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.

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.

Breitwieser I, Ford K, Smissen RD 2010. A test of reproductive isolation among three sympatric putative species of Craspedia (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) at Mt Arthur in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 48: 75-81.

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: 309–319.

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: 371–380.

Scheele SM, Smissen RD. (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: 41-54.

Ward J, Bayer RJ, Breitwieser I, Smissen RD, Galbany-Casals M, Unwin M. 2009. Gnaphalieae. In Funk VA, Susanna A, Stuessy, Bayer RJ (eds.) “Systematics, evolution and biogeography of Compositae”. International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Vienna.

Morgan-Richards M, Smissen RD, Shepherd LD, Wallis GP, Hayward JJ, Chan C, Chambers GK, Chapman HM. 2009. A review of genetic analyses of hybridisation in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39: 15–34.

Houliston G, Heenan PB, Smissen RD. 2008. Experimental crosses in Phormium confirm the lack of intrinsic barriers to interspecific hybridisation and the fertility of putative wild hybrids. New Zealand Journal of Botany 46: 393–399.

Smissen RD, Heenan PB, Houliston G 2008. Genetic and morphological evidence for localised interspecific gene flow in Phormium (Hemerocallidaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 46: 287–297.

de Lange PJ, Heenan PB, Keeling DJ, Murray BG, Smissen RD, Sykes WR 2008. Biosystematics and Conservation: A Case Study with Two Enigmatic and Uncommon Species of Crassula from New Zealand. Annals of Botany 101: 881–899.

Smissen RD, Breitwieser I 2008. Species relationships and genetic variation in the New Zealand endemic Leucogenes (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 46: 65–76.

Heenan PB, Dawson MI, Smissen RD, Bicknell RA. 2008. An artificial intergeneric hybrid derived from sexual hybridisation between the distantly related Arabidopsis thaliana and Pachycladon cheesmanii (Brassicaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 533–544.

 

 

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

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

Publications

Publications

  • Heenan PB, Smissen RD 2013. Revised circumscription of Nothofagus and recognition of the segregate genera Fuscospora, Lophozonia, and Trisyngyne (Nothofagaceae). Phytotaxa 146(1): 1–31. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.146.1.1 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Scheele S, Tawiri K, Smissen R, Bolstridge N 2013. Form, fibre and weaving qualities of Phormium cultivars in the Matthews Collection, Landcare Research, Lincoln. Landcare Research Contract Report LC1643. (Report, 2013)
  • Smissen R, Heenan PB, Richardson SJ 2013. [Abstract] A new view of hybridisation and speciation in the New Zealand Fuscospora beech species. Proceedings: VII Southern Connection Congress, Dunedin, N.Z., 21-25 January 2013. http://www.otago.ac.nz/V11-southern-connection/abstracts/ (Conference Proceedings, 2013)
  • 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)
  • Heenan PD, Smissen RD 2012. [Abstract] Classification of Nothofagus (Nothofagaceae): the past, the present, and the future. Proceedings: Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conference 2012, Perth, W.A., 23-28 September 2012. Pp. 31. http://www.asbs2012perth.com/index.php/download_file/view/157/ (Conference Proceedings, 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)
  • Scheele S. 2011 What’s in a Name - identical harakeke varieties in the Orchiston Collection. Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa Newsletter 49: 6-7. (Popular/Trade Journal, 2011)
  • Smissen RD, Lange PJd, Thorsen MJ, Ogle CC, de Lange PJ 2011. Species delimitation and genetic variation in the rare New Zealand endemic grass genus Simplicia. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49(2): 187-199. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113237678 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Ward JM, Breitwieser I, Smissen RD 2010. [Poster] An example of species radiation and convergence on a piece of Pacific Gondwana : New Zealand gnaphalioid Asteraceae. Proceedings: 2010 Australian Systematic Botany Society Conference : Systematic botany across the ditch : links between Australia and New Zealand, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand, 29 November - 3 December 2010. Pp. 84. (Conference Proceedings, 2010)
  • Smissen R 2010. [Abstract] Interspecific hybridisation and reproductive isolation among New Zealand plants. Proceedings: 2010 Australian Systematic Botany Society Conference : Systematic botany across the ditch : links between Australia and New Zealand, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand, 29 November - 3 December 2010. Pp. 63. (Conference Proceedings, 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