Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rob Smissen

Rob Smissen
Position: Researcher/RPAL/Capability Leader
Team: Systematics
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640

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

Genetic variation in Trithuria inconspicua and T. filamentosa (Hydatellaceae): a new subspecies and a hypothesis of apomixis arising within a predominantly selfing lineage. Australian Systematic Botany 32: 1¬–11.

Smissen RD, Richardson SJ, Heenan PB. 2018. Fifty shades of grey: black beech and mountainbeech are genetically distinct but locally admixed. NZJB 56: 343–359.

Millar TR, Breitwieser I, Pelser P, Smissen RD. 2018. A new classification of rosette-forming Brachyglottis (Asteraceae: Senecioneae) recognising a single species: B. lagopus. In press. NZ journal of botany 56: 237–263. https://doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2018.1474769.

Thalwitzer L, Kelly D, Smissen RD, Butler R, Suckling D, El-Sayed A. 2018. Species-specific male pollinators found for three native New Zealand greenhood orchids (Pterostylis spp.) suggest pollination by sexual deception. Australian Journal of Botany 66, 243–254. https://doi.org/10.1071/BT17111

Johnston PR, Park D, Smissen RD. 2017. Comparing diversity of fungi from living leaves using culturing and high-throughput environmental sequencing. Mycologia 109(4): 643–654. https://doi.org/10.1080/00275514.2017.1384712

Lear G, Dickie I, Banks J, Boyer S, Buckley HL, Buckley TR, Cruickshank R, Dopheide A, Handley KM, Hermans S, Kamke J, Lee CK, MacDiarmid R, Morales SE, Orlovich DA, Smissen R, Wood JR, Holdaway RJ. In Press. Methods for the extraction, storage, amplification and sequencing of DNA from environmental samples. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 

Heenan PB, Millar TR, Smissen RD, McGlone MS, Wilton AD 2017. Phylogenetic measures of neo- and palaeo-endemism in the indigenous vascular flora of the New Zealand archipelago. Australian Systematic Botany 30(2): 124–133. https://doi.org/10.1071/SB17009 

Millar TR, Heenan PB, Wilton AD, Smissen RD, Breitwieser I 2017. Spatial distribution of species, genus and phylogenetic endemism in the vascular flora of New Zealand, and implications for conservation. Australian Systematic Botany 30(2): 134–147. https://doi.org/10.1071/SB16015

Merckx VSFT, Gomes SIF, Wapstra M, Hunt C, Steenbeeke G, Mennes CB, Walsh N, Smissen R, Hsieh T-H, Smets EF, Bidartondo MI 2017. The biogeographical history of the interaction between mycoheterotrophic Thismia (Thismiaceae) plants and mycorrhizal Rhizophagus (Glomeraceae) fungi. Journal of Biogeography 44(8): 1869–1879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12994 

Kilian N, Galbany-Casals M, Sommerer R , Oberprieler C, Smissen R, Miller A, Rabe K. 2017. Systematics of Libinhania, a new endemic genus of Gnaphalieae (Asteraceae) from the Socotra archipelago (Yemen), inferred from plastid, low-copy nuclear and nuclear ribosomal DNA loci. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 183: 373-412.

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.


Qualifications

Qualifications

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

Publications

Publications

  • Time to stop splitting hairs a new classification of rosette-forming Brachyglottis (Journal Article, 2018)
  • Smissen RD, Richardson SJ, Heenan PB 2018. Fifty shades of grey: black beech and mountain beech are genetically distinct but locally admixed. New Zealand Journal of Botany 56(4): 343-359. (Journal Article, 2018)
  • Thalwitzer L, Kelly D, Smissen RD, Butler R, Suckling D, El-Sayed A. 2018. Species-specific male pollinators found for three native New Zealand greenhood orchids (Pterostylis spp.) suggest pollination by sexual deception. Australian Journal of Botany 66, 243-254. https://doi.org/10.1071/BT17111 (Journal Article, 2018)
  • Kilian N, Galbany-Casals M, Sommerer R, Oberprieler C, Smissen R, Miller A, Rabe K 2017. Systematics of Libinhania, a new endemic genus of Gnaphalieae (Asteraceae) from the Socotra archipelago (Yemen), inferred from plastid, low-copy nuclear and nuclear ribosomal DNA loci. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 183(3): 373-412. https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/bow013 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • Merckx VSFT, Gomes SIF, Wapstra M, Hunt C, Steenbeeke G, Mennes CB, Walsh N, Smissen R, Hsieh T-H, Smets EF, Bidartondo MI 2017. The biogeographical history of the interaction between mycoheterotrophic Thismia (Thismiaceae) plants and mycorrhizal Rhizophagus (Glomeraceae) fungi. Journal of Biogeography 44(8): 1869-1879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12994 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • de Lange P, Smissen RD, Rolfe JR, Ogle CC 2016. Systematics of Simplicia Kirk (Poaceae, Agrostidinae) - an endemic, threatened New Zealand grass genus. PhytoKeys 75: 119-144. http://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.75.10328 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Morgan-Richards M, Smissen RD, Shepherd LD, Wallis GP, Hayward JJ, Chan CH, Chambers GK, Chapman HM 2009. A review of genetic analyses of hybridisation in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39(1): 15-34. (Journal Article, 2009)
  • Houliston GJ, Heenan P, Smissen R 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(4): 393-399. (Journal Article, 2008)
  • Heenan PB, Dawson MI, Smissen RD, Bicknell RA 2008. An artificial intergeneric hybrid derived from sexual hybridization between the distantly related Arabidopsis thaliana and Pachycladon cheesemanii (Brassicaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 157(3): 533-544. (Journal Article, 2008)
  • Smissen RD, Heenan PB, Houliston GJ 2008. Genetic and morphological evidence for localised interspecific gene flow in Phormium (Hemerocallidaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 46(3): 287-297. (Journal Article, 2008)

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