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 – cultivated plants and weeds
  • Citizen science and outreach
  • Cytotaxonomy – plant chromosome studies
  • Molecular systematics

Current projects

  • Creating a smartphone app for identifying wilding conifers
  • Breeding sterile ("eco-friendly") agapanthus
  • Teaching weed identification and biocontrol in schools

Professional distinctions (also see Memberships tab)

  • 2018 John Taylor Award for Leadership in Horticulture (CHS)
  • 2015 Peter Ingram Award for achievement in pest plant advocacy, education or management (NZ Biosecurity Institute)
  • 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

  • Dawson M, Bodley E, Stanley R, Duncalf I, Morgan E 2018. Assessing fertility in horticultural selections of Agapanthus. (Conference Proceedings, 2018)
  • Dawson M 2017. Obituary - Lawrence James Metcalf QSO, AHRIH. Hebe News 32(3): 19-24. (Non-refereed Article, 2017)
  • Meurk C, Sullivan J, Orchard S, Meurk CS, Dawson M, Matthews B, Pawson S 2016. [Abstract] Can citizen science learn something from Pokemon-Go? Proceedings: Joint Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) and the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES), Hamilton, New Zealand, 19-23 November 2016. http://www.era2016.com/images/Colin_D_Meurk.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2016)
  • Dawson M 2016. NZ Orchid Key: a new smartphone app. New Zealand Native Orchid Journal 140: 3-5. (Non-refereed Article, 2016)
  • Dawson M 2016. Chilean mayten (Maytenus boaria) - a ticking time-bomb? New Zealand Garden Journal 19(2): 28-32. (Non-refereed Article, 2016)
  • Dawson M, Gourlay H 2016. Students join the 'War against Weeds'. New Zealand Garden Journal 19(2): 10-27. (Non-refereed Article, 2016)
  • Dawson M 2015. Creation of the New Zealand Plant Collections Register. New Zealand Garden Journal 18(1): 9-14. (Non-refereed Article, 2015)
  • Dawson, M.I. 2014. Not wanted abroad. Weekend Gardener Special Edition Quarterly, Issue 127 [Dec]. 30-34. (Popular/Trade Journal, 2015)
  • Dawson M, Rolfe J, Pratt M, St George I 2015. NZ Orchid Key: a new smartphone app for identifying native orchids. New Zealand Garden Journal 18(2): 9-19. (Non-refereed Article, 2015)
  • Dawson M 2014. New Zealand Plant Collection Register: March 2014 update. Newsletter / Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 2014(1): 14-15. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/Newsletter/Newsletter_March_2014.pdf (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Dawson M 2014. New Zealand Plant Collection Register: June 2014 update. Newsletter / Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 2014(2): 11-12. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/Newsletter/Newsletter_June_2014.pdf (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Dawson M 2014. Two interactive keys updated. Trilepidea: Newsletter of the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network 128: 7. http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Trilepidea-128-140802b.pdf (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Dawson M 2014. On distant shores: New Zealand's natives as weeds abroad. New Zealand Garden Journal 17(1): 10-24. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2014)
  • 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 ma̅nuka (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62(42): 10332-10340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf5045958 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Paynter Q, Overton J, Fowler S, Hill R, Bellgard S, Dawson M 2013. [Abstract] Predicting the feasibility and cost of weed biological control. Proceedings: XIII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds Waikoloa, Hawai'i, USA, 11-16 September 2011. Pp. 197. http://isbcw2011.uhhconferencecenter.com (Conference Proceedings, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. New Zealand Plant Collection Register: December 2013 update. Newsletter / Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 2013(3): 11. (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M, Hughes D, Stuart R, Stuart M, Stuart J 2013. [Obituary] William Ross Stewart, 7 October 1928 - 29 July 2013. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(2): 30-32. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Latin for gardeners: over 3,000 plant names explained and explored. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(1): 36. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. Native orchid key now online. New Zealand native orchid journal 127: 33-34. (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. NatureWatch NZ: a free online tool for field observations of orchids. New Zealand Native Orchid Journal 127: 37-38. (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. New version of native orchid key. Trilepidea: newsletter of the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network 113: 9. http://nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Trilepidea-113-130422.pdf (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. Australian Leptospermum in cultivation: interspecific hybrids: the second of a two-part series. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(1): 2-15. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Above the treeline: a nature guide to alpine New Zealand. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(1): 33-34. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Auckland's remarkable urban forest. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(1): 34-35. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Auckland's remarkable urban forest. Tree Matters 15(2): 9. http://nzarbor.org.nz/wp-content/themes/openair/styles/default/pdf/treematters/TreeMatters58.pdf (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Plant life on Banks Peninsula. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(2): 34-36. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Plant life on Banks Peninsula. Newsletter / New Zealand Botanical Society 114: 22-24. (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Sallabanks L, Dawson M 2013. Profile of a horticulturist: an interview with Beverley McConnell, creator of Ayrlies Garden. New Zealand Garden Journal 16(2): 8-14. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Dawson M 2013. [Book review] Plant life on Banks Peninsula. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 157: 64-66. http://www.asbs.org.au/asbs/newsletter/pdf/13-dec-157.pdf (Non-refereed Article, 2013)
  • 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 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. New Zealand Plant Collection Register: March 2012 update. Newsletter / Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 2012(1): 12. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] Plants of Pukeiti Forest New Zealand Botanical Society newsletter 107: 23-24. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M, Rolfe J, Group NNO 2012. Orchid Key - interactive key to native orchids of New Zealand. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/plants/native-orchid-key (Online Multimedia, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] An illustrated guide to common grasses, sedges and rushes of New Zealand. Newsletter / New Zealand Botanical Society 110: 23-24. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • 2012. Newsletter / Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 2012(3). 8 p. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/Newsletter/Newsletter_December_2012.pdf (Serial, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. An approachable Latin primer for gardeners. Book review of Latin for gardeners: over 3,000 plant names explained and explored. By Lorraine Harrison. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 153: 59-60. http://www.asbs.org.au/newsletter/pdf/12-dec-153.pdf (Non-refereed Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M, Glenny D, Ford K, Heenan PD, Breitwieser I, James T 2012. [Abstract] Interactive keys to the New Zealand flora: trans-Tasman connections. Proceedings: Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conference 2012, Perth, W.A., 23-28 September, 2012. Pp. 27. http://www.asbs2012perth.com/index.php/download_file/view/157/ (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • 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(1): 33-40. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M, Ford K 2012. Agapanthus in New Zealand. New Zealand garden journal 15(1): 2-18. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M, Ford K 2012. Agapanthus - friend or foe? Whakamārama (Landcare Research staff newsletter, 10/05/2012) (Newsletter, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. New Zealand native orchid key. Trilepidea: newsletter of the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network 100: 8. http://nzpcn.org.nz/newsletter_search.asp?scfList=1 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Sallabanks L, Dawson M 2012. Profile of a horticulturist: an interview with ornamental plant breeder Dr Keith Hammett. New Zealand garden journal 15(2). http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. Australian Leptospermum in cultivation: species and cultivars: the first of a two-part series. New Zealand garden journal 15(2): 14-22. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] “I was paid ... Three pence an hour ... when I started work aged 13.”. New Zealand garden journal 15(2): 33. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] The cultivation of New Zealand trees and shrubs. New Zealand garden journal 15(2): 33-34. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] An illustrated guide to common grasses, sedges and rushes of New Zealand. New Zealand garden journal 15(2): 34-35. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. [Book review] Field guide to New Zealand’s native trees. New Zealand Garden Journal 15(2): 35-36. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. Native orchid key now online. New Zealand Ecological Society newsletter 142: 11. http://www.newzealandecology.org/sites/all/files/EcolNews_December_2012_142.pdf (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2012. Ecofriendly Agapanthus - myth or reality? What's new in biological control of weeds? 61: 11. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/43388/wtsnew61.pdf (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Dawson M 2011. Origins of pohutukawa cultivars in Australia. New Zealand garden journal 14(2): 2-3. http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/NZ_Garden_Journal_index.htm (Journal Article, 2011)

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
  • Co-opted 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
  • Vice President, Hebe Society (UK), Hebe Society (UK)
  • 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