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Dr Janice Lord, Senior Lecturer

Systematics & Ecology
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Email: janice.lord@otago.ac.nz
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Phone: +64 3 479 5131

Janice is a plant evolutionary biologist with interests in plant reproductive strategies and traditional uses of plant by Mäori.

My main research area is the evolution of plant reproductive strategies, from the embryological level, for example in relation to apomixis and the significance of triploid endosperm, through to interspecific interactions over geological timescales, for example how plant pollination and fruit dispersal systems has been influenced by the unique set of animals in New Zealand. Current research projects include pollination syndromes and breeding systems in alpine and subantarctic plants and the role of flower colour in pollinator attraction; the impact of climate change on alpine plants and their pollinators; the loss of specialised breeding systems and self-incompatibility in introduced plants that have naturalised in New Zealand; and the significance of breeding system evolution in taxa with divergent embryological patterns.

I am also interested in traditional use of plants by Mäori, particularly how mätauranga and botanical knowledge intersect with respect to plants used in textiles. I was also responsible for the design of the 100% native “greenroof ” on top of the University of Otago’s Greenstar-rated William James Building.

Research Interests

Plant evolutionary ecology, reproduction and pollination biology; culturally important New Zealand plants

Janice is a collaborator in the Alpine Ecosystems Research Group.

You can also listen to Janice's podcast

Dr Lord’s research interests extend to other cold habitats such as the Subantartic islands. This news segment from TV3’s Campbell Live was made during the Bicentennial expedition to remote Campbell Island in December 2010.

Janice's work on Subantarctic megaherbs was recently published in the journal of Polar Research, and was covered by Otago's media group.

Flora Finder

Recently Janice was interview about her work on Flora Finder, the smartphone application developed to help quickly identify 87 of New Zealand's most common native plants.

The TV One news Item screened 30th December, 2013. Visit the TV One website to see the application in action.

Teaching Involvement

Paper code Paper title
BIOL123 Plants: How They Shape the World
BTNY202 Plant and Fungal Diversity
BTNY301 Plant Ecology
BTNY302 Plant Interactions
BTNY467 New Zealand Plant Ecology & Evolution(course co-ordinator)
GENE222 Genes, Chromosomes and Populations

Other Departmental Responsibilities

Collaborations

Plants used in customary Māori textiles

Dr Bronwyn Lowe
Catherin Smith

Janice is also involved with Shedding Light on the Night. This project aims to improve public engagement with moths and in doing so improve our understanding of the ecology and geographical distribution of our New Zealand species.

Research Theme Involvement

Janice is involved as a researcher with Ag@Otago and the Catchments Otago theme. Janice is also teaches into the Genetics programme, and is a Research Affiliate of CSAFE (Centre for Sustainability).

Ask A Scientist

Janice has been a regular contributor to the Otago Daily Times' Ask a Scientist column.

Be sure to visit the Ask a Scientist page to view the questions and Janice's responses.

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Publications

Richardson, A. T. B., Lord, J. M., & Perry, N. B. (2017). Phenylanthraquinones and flavone-C-glucosides from the disjunct Bulbinella in New Zealand. Phytochemistry, 134, 64-70. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2016.11.014

Lord, J. M., Mark, A. F., Humar-Maegli, T., Halloy, S. R. P., Bannister, P., Knight, A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2017). Slow community responses but rapid species responses 14 years after alpine turf transplantation among snow cover zones, south–central New Zealand. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution & Systematics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2017.07.004

Ludwig, L., Summerfield, T. C., Lord, J. M., & Singh, G. (2017). Characterization of the mating-type locus (MAT) reveals a heterothallic mating system in Knightiella splachnirima. Lichenologist, 49(4), 373-385. doi: 10.1017/S0024282917000214

Eidesen, P. B., Little, L., Müller, E., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2017). Plant–pollinator interactions affect colonization efficiency: Abundance of blue-purple flowers is correlated with species richness of bumblebees in the Arctic. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blw006

Wehi, P. M., & Lord, J. M. (2017). Importance of including cultural practices in ecological restoration. Conservation Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12915

Chapter in Book - Research

Lord, J. M., & Norton, D. A. (2007). Scale and the spatial concept of fragmentation. In J. C. J. M. van den Bergh, K. Button & P. Nijkamp (Eds.), Environmental planning. (pp. 532-537). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Lord, J. M., Markey, A. S., & Marshall, J. (2001). Have frugivores influenced the evolution of fruit traits in New Zealand? In D. Levey, W. R. Silva & M. Galetti (Eds.), Seed dispersal and frugivory: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. (pp. 55-68). Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: CABI Publishing.

Westoby, M., Leishman, M., & Lord, J. (1997). Comparative ecology of seed size and dispersal. In J. Silvertown, M. Franco & J. L. Harper (Eds.), Plant life history: Ecology, phylogeny and evolution. (pp. 143-162). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Richardson, A. T. B., Lord, J. M., & Perry, N. B. (2017). Phenylanthraquinones and flavone-C-glucosides from the disjunct Bulbinella in New Zealand. Phytochemistry, 134, 64-70. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2016.11.014

Wehi, P. M., & Lord, J. M. (2017). Importance of including cultural practices in ecological restoration. Conservation Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12915

Eidesen, P. B., Little, L., Müller, E., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2017). Plant–pollinator interactions affect colonization efficiency: Abundance of blue-purple flowers is correlated with species richness of bumblebees in the Arctic. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blw006

Ludwig, L., Summerfield, T. C., Lord, J. M., & Singh, G. (2017). Characterization of the mating-type locus (MAT) reveals a heterothallic mating system in Knightiella splachnirima. Lichenologist, 49(4), 373-385. doi: 10.1017/S0024282917000214

Lord, J. M., Mark, A. F., Humar-Maegli, T., Halloy, S. R. P., Bannister, P., Knight, A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2017). Slow community responses but rapid species responses 14 years after alpine turf transplantation among snow cover zones, south–central New Zealand. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution & Systematics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2017.07.004

Paterson, R. A., Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Lord, J. M., & Ngarimu-Cameron, R. (2017). Polarized light microscopy: An old technique casts new light on Māori textile plants. Archaeometry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12281

Khosa, J. S., Lee, R., Bräuning, S., Lord, J., Pither-Joyce, M., McCallum, J., & Macknight, R. C. (2016). Doubled haploid 'CUDH2107' as a reference for bulb onion (Allium cepa L.) research: Development of a transcriptome catalogue and identification of transcripts associated with male fertility. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e0166568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166568

Moore, A., Johnson, M., Lord, J., Coutts, S., Pagan, M., Gbolagun, J., & Hall, G. B. (2016). Applying spatial analysis to the agroecology-led management of an indigenous farm in New Zealand. Ecological Informatics, 31, 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.11.009

Pearce, S., & Lord, J. (2016). Surface: Selective observation of data in a subantarctic landscape. Junctures, 16, 58-61.

Little, L., Bronken Eidesen, P., Müller, E., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2016). Leaf and floral heating in cold climates: Do sub-Antarctic megaherbs resemble tropical alpine giants? Polar Research, 35, 26030. doi: 10.3402/polar.v35.26030

Wassenaar, M., & Lord, J. (2016). Glistens with nectar. Junctures, 16, 52-57.

Menzies, I. J., Youard, L. W., Lord, J. M., Carpenter, K. L., van Klink, J. W., Perry, N. B., … Gould, K. S. (2016). Leaf colour polymorphisms: A balance between plant defence and photosynthesis. Journal of Ecology, 104(1), 104-113. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12494

Buxton, M., Kleier, C., & Lord, J. (2016). Variation in reproductive investment and floret gender ratios in two gynodioecious mat daisies (Raoulia, Asteraceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany, 54(1), 74-86. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2015.1133662

Mark, A. F., Korsten, A. C., Urrutia Guevara, D., Dickinson, K. J. M., Humar-Maegli, T., Michel, P., … Lord, J. M., … Nielsen, J. A. (2015). Ecological responses to 52 years of experimental snow manipulation in high-alpine cushionfield, Old Man Range, south-central New Zealand. Arctic, Antarctic, & Alpine Research, 47(4), 751-772. doi: 10.1657/AAAR0014-098

McGimpsey, V. J., & Lord, J. M. (2015). In a world of white, flower colour matters: A white–purple transition signals lack of reward in an alpine Euphrasia. Austral Ecology, 40(6), 701-708. doi: 10.1111/aec.12238

Konlechner, T. M., Hilton, M. J., & Lord, J. M. (2015). Plant community response following the removal of the invasive Lupinus arboreus in a coastal dune system. Restoration Ecology, 23(5), 607-614. doi: 10.1111/rec.12234

Iwasaki, J. M., Barratt, B. I. P., Lord, J. M., Mercer, A. R., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). The New Zealand experience of varroa invasion highlights research opportunities for Australia. AMBIO, 44(7), 694-704. doi: 10.1007/s13280-015-0679-z

Lord, J. M. (2015). Patterns in floral traits and plant breeding systems on Southern Ocean Islands. AoB Plants, 7, plv095. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plv095

Lord, J. M., Knight, A., Bannister, J. M., Ludwig, L. R., Malcolm, W. M., & Orlovich, D. A. (2013). Rediscovery of pycnidia in Thamnolia vermicularis: Implications for chemotype occurrence and distribution. Lichenologist, 45(3), 397-411. doi: 10.1017/S0024282913000017

Bischoff, M., Lord, J. M., Robertson, A. W., & Dyer, A. G. (2013). Hymenopteran pollinators as agents of selection on flower colour in the New Zealand mountains: Salient chromatic signals enhance flower discrimination. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 51(3), 181-193. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2013.806933

Venn, S. E., Morgan, J. W., & Lord, J. M. (2013). Foliar freezing resistance of Australian alpine plants over the growing season. Austral Ecology, 38(2), 152-161. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02387.x

Bischoff, M., Campbell, D. R., Lord, J. M., & Robertson, A. W. (2013). The relative importance of solitary bees and syrphid flies as pollinators of two outcrossing plant species in the New Zealand alpine. Austral Ecology, 38(2), 169-176. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02389.x

Lord, J. M., Huggins, L., Little, L. M., & Tomlinson, V. R. (2013). Floral biology and flower visitors on subantarctic Campbell Island. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 51(3), 168-180. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2013.801867

White, M., & Lord, J. (2012). Mr Cocker's Benger Burn discoveries: A tussock rain cape from Central Otago, New Zealand, re-examined. Journal of Polynesian Society, 121(4), 373-392.

Lord, J. M. (2012). Hermaphroditism and dichogamy in Stilbocarpa polaris (Araliaceae) on Campbell Island. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 50(1), 89-93. doi: 10.1080/0028825x.2011.638645

Campbell, D. R., Bischoff, M., Lord, J. M., & Robertson, A. W. (2012). Where have all the blue flowers gone: Pollinator responses and selection on flower colour in New Zealand Wahlenbergia albomarginata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 35(2), 352-364. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02430.x

Lord, J. M., & Westoby, M. (2012). Accessory costs of seed production and the evolution of angiosperms. Evolution, 66(1), 200-210. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01425.x

Spronken-Smith, R. A., Walker, R., Dickinson, K. J. M., Closs, G. P., Lord, J. M., & Harland, T. (2011). Redesigning a curriculum for inquiry: An ecology case study. Instructional Science, 39(5), 721-735. doi: 10.1007/s11251-010-9150-5

Radford, I. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2010). Does disturbance, competition or resource limitation underlie Hieracium lepidulum invasion in New Zealand? Mechanisms of establishment and persistence, and functional differentiation among invasive and native species. Austral Ecology, 35(3), 282-293. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2009.02034.x

Lord, J. M., McCallum, R. E., Smith, C. A., & Carr, D. J. (2010). Use and identification of tikumu (Celmisia species, Asteraceae) in artifacts of New Zealand origin. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 49, 69-82.

Campbell, D. R., Bischoff, M., Lord, J. M., & Robertson, A. W. (2010). Flower color influences insect visitation in alpine New Zealand. Ecology, 91(9), 2638-2649.

Radford, I. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2009). Does the invader Hieracium lepidulum have a comparative growth advantage over co-occurring plants? High leaf area and low metabolic costs as invasive traits. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 47(4), 395-403. doi: 10.1080/0028825x.2009.9672714

Lord, J. M. (2008). A test for phylogenetic conservatism in plant-pollinator relationships in Australian and New Zealand alpine floras. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 46(3), 367-372. doi: 10.1080/00288250809509774

Radford, I. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2007). Functional and performance comparisons of invasive Hieracium lepidulum and co-occurring species in New Zealand. Austral Ecology, 32, 338-354.

Amey, J., Lord, J. M., & de Lange, P. (2007). First record of a vascular plant from the Bounty Islands: Lepidium oleraceum (nau, Cook's scurvy grass) (Brassicaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany, 45, 87-90. doi: 10.1080/00288250709509705

Bannister, P., & Lord, J. M. (2006). Comparative winter frost resistance of plant species from southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America grown in a common environment (Dunedin, New Zealand). New Zealand Journal of Botany, 44, 109-119. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2006.9513011

Kissling, W. D., Lord, J. M., & Schnittler, M. (2006). Agamospermous seed production of the invasive tussock grass Nardus stricta L. (Poaceae) in New Zealand: Evidence from pollination experiments. Flora, 201, 144-151.

Lord, J. M., & Westoby, M. (2006). Accessory costs of seed production. Oecologia, 150, 310-317.

Radford, I. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2006). Nutrient stress and performance of invasive Hieracium lepidulum and co-occurring species in New Zealand. Basic & Applied Ecology, 7, 320-333. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2005.08.006

Bannister, P., Maegli, T., Dickinson, K. J. M., Halloy, S. R. P., Knight, A., Lord, J. M., Mark, A. F., & Spencer, K. L. (2005). Will loss of snow cover during climatic warming expose New Zealand alpine plants to increased frost damage? Oecologia, 144, 245-256.

Kissling, W. D., Schnittler, M., Seddon, P. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2005). Invasion ecology of the alien tussock grass Nardus stricta (Poaceae) at Lake Pukaki, Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 43, 601-612.

Cooke, R. R. M., Hurd, C. L., Lord, J. M., Peake, B. M., Raven, J. A., & Rees, T. A. V. (2004). Iron and zinc content of Hormosira banksii in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 38, 73-85.

Kissling, W. D., Schnittler, M., Seddon, P. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2004). Ecology and distribution of Nardus stricta L. (Poaceae) - An alien invader into New Zealand. New Zealand Natural Sciences, 29, 1-12.

Lord, J. M. (2004). Frugivore gape size and the evolution of fruit size and shape in southern hemisphere floras. Austral Ecology, 29, 430-436.

Sinclair, B. J., Lord, J. M., & Thompson, C. M. (2001). Microhabitat selection and seasonality of alpine invertebrates. Pedobiologia, 45, 107-120.

Lord, J. M., & Marshall, J. (2001). Correlations between growth form, habitat, and fruit colour in the New Zealand flora, with reference to frugivory by lizards. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 39, 567-576.

Lord, J. M., Wilson, J. B., Steel, J. B., & Anderson, B. J. (2000). Community reassembly: a test using limestone grassland in New Zealand. Ecology Letters, 2, 213-218.

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