Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Jamie Wood

Jamie Wood
Position: Researcher
Team: Ecosystems & Conservation
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640

Research Interests

Research Interests

ancient DNA, environmental DNA, extinctions, molecular ecology, palaeoecology, palynology, phylogenetics

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Dopheide A, Makiola A, Orwin KH, Holdaway R, Wood JR, Dickie I (2020) Rarity is a more reliable indicator of land-use impacts on soil invertebrate communities than other diversity measures. eLife 2020;9:e52787.

Burge OR, Bellingham P, Arnst E, Wilmshurst JM, Burrows L, Wiser S, Buxton R, Boot K, Wood JR, Richardson SJ (In press) Integrating permanent plot and palaeoecological data to examine subalpine post-fire succession, recovery and convergence over 128 years. Journal of Vegetation Science.

Wood JR, Richardson SJ, McGlone MS, Wilmshurst JM (2020) The diets of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes). New Zealand Journal of Ecology 44.

Latham ADM, Latham MC, Wilmshurst JM, Forsyth DN, Gormley AM, Pech RP, Perry GLW, Wood JR (2020) Refined model correlating body mass with population density in flightless birds reconciles extreme bimodal population estimates for extinct moa. Ecography 43: 353-364.

Wood JR, Diaz FP, Latorre C, Wilmshurst JM, Burge OR, Gonzalez F, Gutierrez RA (2019) Ancient parasite DNA from late Quaternary Atacama Desert rodent middens. Quaternary Science Reviews 226: 106031.

McGlone MS, Wilmshurst JM, Richardson SJ, Turney CSM, Wood JR (2019) Temperature, wind, cloud and the postglacial tree line history of subantarctic Campbell Island. Forests 10: 998.

Peltzer DA, Bellingham PJ, Dickie IA, Houliston G, Hulme PE, Lyver P O’B, McGlone M, Richardson SJ, Wood JR (2019) Scale and complexity implications of making New Zealand predator-free by 2050. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 49: 412-439.

Makiola A, Dickie IA, Holdaway RJ, Wood JR, Orwin KH, Glare TR (2019) Land use is a determinant of plant pathogen alpha- but not beta-diversity. Molecular Ecology 28: 3786-3798.

Watts C, Dopheide A, Holdaway R, Davis C, Wood J, Thornburrow D, Dickie I (2019) DNA metabarcoding as a tool for invertebrate community monitoring – a case study comparison with conventional techniques. Austral Entomology 58: 675-686.

Makiola A, Dickie IA, Holdaway RJ, Wood JR, Orwin KH, Lee CK, Glare T (2019) Biases in the metabarcoding of plant pathogens using rust fungi as a model system. MicrobiologyOpen 8: e00780.

Cole TL, Ksepka DT, Mitchell KJ, Tennyson AJD, Thomas DB, Pan H, Zhang G, Rawlence NJ, Wood JR, Bover P, Bouzat JL, Cooper A, Fiddaman S, Hart T, Miller G, Ryan PG, Shepherd LD, Wilmshurst JM, Waters JM (2019) Mitogenomes uncover extinct penguin taxa and reveal island formation as a key driver of speciation. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36: 784–797.

Diaz FP, Latorre C, Carrasco-Puga G, Wood JR, Wilmshurst JM, Soto DC, Cole TL, Gutiérrez RA (2019) Multiscale climate change impacts on plant diversity in the Atacama Desert. Global Change Biology 25: 1733-1745.

Wood JR, Wilmshurst JM (2019) Comparing the effects of asynchronous herbivores on New Zealand montane vegetation communities. PLoS ONE 14: e0214959.

McGlone MS, Wood JR (2019) Early Holocene plant remains from the Cromwell Gorge, Central Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 43: 3363.

McKeown M, Duckert C, Mitchell E, Wood J, Wilmshurst J (2019) Assessing the ecological value of small testate amoebae (< 45 microns) in New Zealand peatlands. European Journal of Protistology 68: 1-16.

Cole TL, Rawlence NJ, Dussex N, Ellengerg U, Houston DM, Mattern T, Miskelly CM, Morrison KW, Scofield RP, Tennyson AJD, Thompson D, Wood JR, Waters JM (2019) Ancient DNA of crested penguins: Testing for temporal genetic shifts in the world’s most diverse penguin clade. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 131: 72-79.

Wood JR, Diaz FP, Latorre C, Wilmshurst JM, Burge OR, Gutierrez RA (2018) Plant pathogen responses to Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate change in the central Atacama Desert, Chile. Scientific Reports  8:17208.

Heenan PB, Wood JR, Cole TL (2018) A partial cpDNA trnL sequence from the extinct legume Streblorrhiza speciosa confirms its placement in the tribe Coluteae (Fabaceae). Phytotaxa 374: 87-91.

Wood JR, Wilmshurst JM, McGlone MS (2018) Two new Holocene vegetation records from the margins of the Canterbury Plains, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42: 240-247.

Minoshima YN, Seidel M, Wood JR, Leschen RAB, Gunter NL, Fikáček M (2018) Morphology and biology of the flower-visiting water scavenger beetle genus Rygmodus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Entomological Science 21: 363-384.

Wood JR (2018) DNA barcoding of ancient parasites. Parasitology 145: 646-655.

Mendez V, Wood JR, Butler SJ (2018) Resource diversity and provenance underpin spatial patterns in functional diversity across native and exotic species. Ecology and Evolution 8: 4409-4421.

Carpenter J, Wood JR, Wilmshurst JM, Kelly D (2018) An avian seed dispersal paradox: New Zealand’s extinct megafaunal birds did not disperse large seeds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285: 20180352.

Cole TL, Wood JR. (2018) The ancient DNA revolution: the latest era in unearthing New Zealand’s faunal history. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 45: 91-120.

Boast AP, Weyrich LS, Wood JR, Metcalf JL, Knight R, Cooper A (2018) Coprolites reveal ecological interactions lost with the extinction of New Zealand birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 115: 1546-1551.

Zale R, Huang Y-T, Bigler C, Wood JR, Dalén L, Wang X-R, Segerström U, Klaminder J (2018) Growth of Plants on the Late Weichselian Ice-sheet During Greenland Interstadial-1? Quaternary Science Reviews 185: 222-229.

Cole TL, Waters JM, Shepherd L, Rawlence NJ, Joseph L, Wood JR (2018) Ancient DNA reveals that the ‘extinct’ Hunter Island penguin (Tasidyptes hunteri) is not a distinct taxon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 182: 459-464.

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 (2018) Methods for the extraction, storage, amplification and sequencing of DNA from environmental samples. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42: 10-50A.

Orwin KH, Dickie IA, Holdaway RJ, Wood JR (2018) A comparison of the ability of PLFA and 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding to resolve soil community change and predict ecosystem functions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 117: 27-35.



  • Otago
    PhD Palaeoecology
  • Otago
    BSc (Hons) Geology



  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeobotany
  • Molecular Biology
  • Geology
  • Ornithology