Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Robyn Howitt

Robyn Howitt
Position: Lab Technician
Team: Biodiversity and Conservation
Location: Auckland
Private Bag 92170
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
Phone: +64 9 574 4117
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Senior Technician/Lab Manager – Ecological Genetics Laboratory

Lab Director - EcoGene®

 

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Auckland
    PhD Biological Sciences
    1999
  • Victoria
    BSc (Hons) Biology
    1989

Publications

Publications

  • Innes J, King C, Bartlam S, Forrester G, Howitt R 2015. Predator control improves nesting success in Waikato forest fragments. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 39(2): 245-253. http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3219 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Buckley TR, White DJ, Howitt R, Winstanley T, Ramón-Laca A, Gleeson D 2014. Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation within threatened species and subspecies of the giant New Zealand land-snail genus Powelliphanta: implications for classification and conservation. Journal of Molluscan Studies 80(3): 291-302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mollus/eyu014 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Prada D, Veale A, Duckworth J, Murphy E, Treadgold S, Howitt R, Hunter S, Gleeson D 2014. Unwelcome visitors: employing forensic methodologies to inform the stoat (Mustela erminea) incursion response plan on Kapiti Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 41(1): 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2013.815642 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Wong C, Gleeson D, Howitt R, Barry M, Brunton D, Ji W 2011. Polymorphic microsatellite loci and interspecific cross-amplification in the New Zealand endemic gecko species Hoplodactylus duvaucelii and Hoplodactylus maculatus. Conservation Genetics Resources 3(2): 331-333. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000290438700034 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Buckley TR, Stringer I, Gleeson D, Howitt R, Attanayake D, Parrish R, Sherley G, Rohan M 2011. A revision of the New Zealand Placostylus land snails using mitochondrial DNA and shell morphometric analyses, with implications for conservation. New Zealand journal of zoology 38(1): 55-81. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Buckley TR, James S, Allwood J, Bartlam S, Howitt R, Prada D 2011. Phylogenetic analysis of New Zealand earthworms (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) reveals ancient clades and cryptic taxonomic diversity. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 58(1): 85-96. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2010.09.024 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Gleeson DM, Byrom AE, Howitt RLJ 2010. Non-invasive methods for genotyping of stoats (Mustela erminea) in New Zealand : potential for field applications. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 34(3): 356-359. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/new_issues/NZJEcol34_3_356.pdf (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Harman H, Weir B, Wells S, Howitt R 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from Lochmaea suturalis, the heather beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a pest in Europe and a biocontrol agent in New Zealand. Molecular Ecology Resources 9(2): 594-596. (Journal Article, 2009)
  • Gleeson D, Howitt R 2007. Wildlife CSI. Discovery 18: 5-. (Journal Article, 2007)
  • Howitt RLJ, Beever RE, Pearson MN, Forster RLS 2006. Genome characterization of a flexuous rod-shaped mycovirus, Botrytis virus X, reveals high amino acid identity to genes from plant 'potex-like' viruses. Archives of virology 151(3): 563-579. (Journal Article, 2006)
  • Gleeson D, Byrom A, Howitt R, Nugent G 2003. Monitoring vertebrate pests by using their DNA. Kararehe kino : vertebrate pest research 2: 13-15. (Journal Article, 2003)
  • Efford M, Howitt R, Gleeson D 2002/9. Phylogenetic relationships of Wainuia (Mollusca : Pulmonata) - biogeography and conservation implications. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 32(3): 445-456. (Journal Article, 2002/9)
  • Howitt RLJ, Beever RE, Pearson MN, Forster RLS 2001/1. Genome characterization of Botrytis virus F, a flexuous rod-shaped mycovirus resembling plant 'potex-like' viruses. Journal of general virology 82(Part 1): 67-78. (Journal Article, 2001/1)
  • Gleeson DM, Howitt RLJ, Newcomb RD 2000. The phylogenetic position of the New Zealand batfly, (Mystacinobia zealandica (Mystacinobiidae; Oestroidea) inferred from mitochondrial 16S DNA sequence data. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 30(2): 155-168. (Journal Article, 2000)
  • Gleeson DM, Howitt RLJ, Ling N 1999/1. Genetic variation, population structure and cryptic species within the black mudfish, Neochanna diversus, an endemic galaxiid from New Zealand. Molecular ecology 8(1): 47-57. (Journal Article, 1999/1)
  • Howitt RLJ, Beever RE, Pearson MN, Forster RL 1995. Presence of double-stranded RNA and virus-like particles in Botrytis cinerea. Mycological research 99: 1472-1478. (Journal Article, 1995)

Skills

Skills

  • Molecular Biology
  • Conservation Genetics