Tate lab at Massey University   







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

A person standing in a room

Description automatically generated

Sofie Pearson

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

A person standing in front of a tree posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Usama Mukhtar

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

A person wearing glasses posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Demet Tφre

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


A person sitting in a garden smiling

Description automatically generated

Ling Hu

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


A person sitting in a tree

Description automatically generated

Sophie Newmarch

MSc student – Origins and diversification of Libertia (Iridaceae)


A body of water

Description automatically generated

Tingyu (Tina) Qin

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




Former lab members



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