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Jennifer Tate, PhD, FLS

Associate Professor in Plant Systematics and Evolution

Curator of the Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

Systematics of Malvaceae

Polyploid genome evolution

Evolution of plant breeding systems

Prashant Joshi, PhD

Lab technician – Cytogenetic research

Sidra Hussain

PhD student – Evolution of cytonuclear coordination in Tragopogon (Asteraceae) allopolyploids

Weixuan Ning

PhD student – Phylogenomics and polyploid diversification of Azorella (Apiaceae) in New Zealand

Grace Ehoche

PhD student – Assessing the potential of genomic selection for improving yield and persistence in white clover

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Sofie Pearson

PhD student – GBS for selective sweep detection in white clover and perennial ryegrass

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Usama Mukhtar

PhD student - Genomic stability and cytonuclear interactions after allopolyploidy in Tragopogon

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Demet Tφre

PhD student - Plant speciation and floral evolution in Tragopogon (Asteraceae)

 

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Ling Hu

PhD student - Investigation of the diversity and taxonomy of ex situ collections of Rhododendron and their utility for conservation

 

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Sophie Newmarch

MSc student – Origins and diversification of Libertia (Iridaceae)

 

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Tingyu (Tina) Qin

MSc student – Population genetics and reproductive biology of Corybas (Orchidaceae) in New Zealand

 

 

 

Former lab members

 

Postdocs

Megan van Etten

Futile selfing in New Zealand trees

Now Assistant Professor at PennState, Worthington-Scranton, PA, USA

 

Cindy Skema

Sex determination in ribbonwood

Now Research Botanist at Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

PhD students

Mohamed Owis Badry

Biosystematics of Malvaceae

Now Lecturer in Plant Systematics at South Valley University, Qena, Egypt

 

Jessie Prebble

The nature of rarity in Myosotis (Boraginaceae)

Now Systematic Botanist at Landcare Research, Christchurch, NZ

 

Kay Pilkington

A genetic approach to resolving the origins of the divaricating growth form

Now Research Assistant in School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North

 

 

Tina Sehrish

Polyploid genome evolution

Now Research Technician at Massey University, Palmerston North

 

Amir Sultan

Ecology and systematics of Korthasella (Viscaceae)

Director of the National Herbarium (Stewart Collection), Plant Genetic Resources Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan

MSc students

Philomena Ofoi Bolly

Genetic marker evaluation for apple disease resistance breeding in New Zealand

 

Sofie Pearson

Host specificity in Korthalsella (Viscaceae)

Now PhD student at Massey University/AgResearch, Palmerston North

 

Todd McLay

Conservation genetics of Dactylanthus taylorii (Balanophoraceae)

Now a postdoc at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

Honours students

Rowan Dickson

Phylogenetic insights into polyploidy in the Plagianthus alliance (Malvaceae)

Now teaching high school biology in Auckland area