flora writing Taxonomy of Myrtaceae taxonomy of other families

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I am currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Bio-Information Group of the Science Division, and am on the Nuytsia committee.

My studies have included the genetics of the family Myrtaceae, a taxonomic revision of Western Australian Thymelaeaceae and an Australian flora treatment for the Thymelaeaceae, numerous flora treatments for the regional floras of the Perth and Kimberley regions, and taxonomic studies of other plant groups of taxa of conservation priority.

Much of my time has been spent in refereeing flora treatments and scientific papers, especially during my time as a regional flora writer and later as editor of Nuytsia.


  • Flora writing for regional floras and for "Flora of Australia".
  • Studies of taxonomy and conservation status. The plant families studied in greatest detail to date are Apiaceae, Cyperaceae, Lamiaceae, Myrtaceae, Rhamnaceae, Tiliaceae and Thymelaeaceae.
  • Editorial work including extensive refereeing of scientific papers for taxonomic journals and flora treatments.

Brief CV

Academic Qualifications

B.Sc. Hons completed in 1974.

Ph.D. Thesis (Botany) entitled "Chromosome numbers, reproductive biology and evolution in the Myrtaceae" passed in 1980.

Positions held

1974-1978 Research student at University of Western Australia, funded by a Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award.

1979-1980 Temporary research assistant employed by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

1981-1992 Botanist/Research Scientist at the Western Australian Herbarium.

1992-2017 Senior Research Scientist at the Western Australian Herbarium.


  • Taxonomic studies of Myrtaceae
  • Taxonomic studies of other plant groups (with an emphasis on species on the Declared Rare and Priority Flora List).