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Assoc Prof Daphne E Lee

Daphne LeeBSc PhD(Otago)

Paleobotany, Paleontology and Paleoecology

  • Cenozoic paleobotany and paleoclimate
  • Cenozoic invertebrate paleontology
  • Brachiopoda
  • Cenozoic stratigraphy

Email daphne.lee@otago.ac.nz

Tel 64 3 479 7525

Office - Geology 1S11

Teaching

100-level

300-level

400-level

Daphne Lee with a field class at Shag Point
Daphne Lee with a field class at Shag Point

Research interests

  • paleobotany and paleoecology
  • paleoclimatology
  • living and fossil brachiopods
  • geological education

Postgraduate Students

Current

  • Rhian Gaffney - Paleoecology of mid Cenozoic scleractinian corals from NZ (BSc(Hons))
  • Ian Geary -  The Miocene to Quaternary macrofossil plant and fungal floras of Auckland and Northland (MSc)
  • Henry Gard - The paleoecology and paleogeography of the Chatton Formation, Southland. (MSc)
  • Mathew Vanner - Fossilised Wood of Southland and Otago (MSc)
  • Joe Jackson - A Study of Plant Fossils From Landslip Hill Silcrete (MSc)
  • Jeffrey Robinson - Fossil and Recent Brachiopods (PhD)

Recent

  • Ian Geary-  The Neogene flora and paleoecology of Beachlands, Auckland (BSc (Hons) 2015)
  • Tammo Reichgelt - Reconstructing New Zealand Early and Late Miocene climate from leaf fossils and analogues to modern ecosystems (PhD 2015)
  • Henry Gard - The paleoecology of the Pomahaka Formation, South Otago (BSc Hons 2014)
  • Beth Fox - Climate change at the Oligocene/Miocene boundary (PhD 2014)
  • Uwe Kaulfuss - Geology of Foulden Maar, Otago, New Zealand (PhD 2013)
  • Jeff Robinson - Systematics and paleoecology of the Everetts Quarry Limestone biota. (MSc)
  • Tony Hocken -The contributions of James Hector to New Zealand geology, 1861-1905. (PhD)
  • Jamie Wood - Late Quaternary evolution of the dryland ecosystem, Central Otago, New Zealand. (PhD)

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Publications

Hand, S. J., Lee, D. E., Worthy, T. H., Archer, M., Worthy, J. P., Tennyson, A. J. D., … Lindqvist, J. K. (2015). Miocene fossils reveal ancient roots for New Zealand's endemic Mystacina (Chiroptera) and its rainforest habitat. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0128871. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0128871

Lee, W. G., & Lee, D. E. (2015). New Zealand: A land apart. In A. Stow, N. McLean & G. I. Holwell (Eds.), Austral ark: The state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 24-44). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Conran, J. G., Mildenhall, D. C., Raine, J. I., Kennedy, E. M., & Lee, D. E. (2015). The monocot fossil pollen record of New Zealand and its implications for palaeoclimates and environments. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3), 421-440. doi: 10.1111/boj.12283

Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., Lee, D. E., Carpenter, R. J., Kennedy, E. M., Reichgelt, T., & Fordyce, R. E. (2015). An update of monocot macrofossil data from New Zealand and Australia. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3), 394-420. doi: 10.1111/boj.12284

Reichgelt, T., Kennedy, E. M., Jones, W. A., Jones, D. T., & Lee, D. E. (2016). Contrasting palaeoenvironments of the mid/late Miocene Dunedin Volcano, southern New Zealand: Climate or topography? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 441, 696-703. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.029

Chapter in Book - Research

Lee, W. G., & Lee, D. E. (2015). New Zealand: A land apart. In A. Stow, N. McLean & G. I. Holwell (Eds.), Austral ark: The state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 24-44). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Reichgelt, T., Jones, W. A., Jones, D. T., Conran, J. G., & Lee, D. E. (2016). Diverse and abundant insect herbivory on Miocene Nothofagaceae of the Dunedin Volcano, Otago, New Zealand. Palaeobiodiversity & Palaeoenvironments, 96(2), 265-279. doi: 10.1007/s12549-015-0212-1

Reichgelt, T., Kennedy, E. M., Jones, W. A., Jones, D. T., & Lee, D. E. (2016). Contrasting palaeoenvironments of the mid/late Miocene Dunedin Volcano, southern New Zealand: Climate or topography? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 441, 696-703. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.029

Kaulfuss, U., Lee, D. E., Barratt, B. I. P., Leschen, R. A. B., Larivière, M.-C., Dlussky (The Late), G. M., … Harris, A. C. (2015). A diverse fossil terrestrial arthropod fauna from New Zealand: Evidence from the early Miocene Foulden Maar fossil lagerstätte. Lethaia, 48(3), 299-308. doi: 10.1111/let.12106

Fox, B. R. S., Wartho, J., Wilson, G. S., Lee, D. E., Nelson, F. E., & Kaulfuss, U. (2015). Long-term evolution of an Oligocene/Miocene maar lake from Otago, New Zealand. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16(1), 59-76. doi: 10.1002/2014GC005534

Homes, A. M., Cieraad, E., Lee, D. E., Lindqvist, J. K., Raine, J. I., Kennedy, E. M., & Conran, J. G. (2015). A diverse fern flora including macrofossils with in situ spores from the late Eocene of southern New Zealand. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 220, 16-28. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2015.04.007

Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., Lee, D. E., Carpenter, R. J., Kennedy, E. M., Reichgelt, T., & Fordyce, R. E. (2015). An update of monocot macrofossil data from New Zealand and Australia. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3), 394-420. doi: 10.1111/boj.12284

Conran, J. G., Mildenhall, D. C., Raine, J. I., Kennedy, E. M., & Lee, D. E. (2015). The monocot fossil pollen record of New Zealand and its implications for palaeoclimates and environments. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3), 421-440. doi: 10.1111/boj.12283

Hand, S. J., Lee, D. E., Worthy, T. H., Archer, M., Worthy, J. P., Tennyson, A. J. D., … Lindqvist, J. K. (2015). Miocene fossils reveal ancient roots for New Zealand's endemic Mystacina (Chiroptera) and its rainforest habitat. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0128871. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0128871

Novis, P. M., Bannister, J. M., Rindi, F., & Lee, D. E. (2015). A new Eocene fossil of the genus Phycopeltis (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology, 51(5), 1017-1021. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12335

Reichgelt, T., Kennedy, E. M., Conran, J. G., Mildenhall, D. C., & Lee, D. E. (2015). The early Miocene paleolake Manuherikia: Vegetation heterogeneity and warm-temperate to subtropical climate in southern New Zealand. Journal of Paleolimnology, 53(4), 349-365. doi: 10.1007/s10933-015-9827-5

Barth, N. C., Kulhanek, D. K., Beu, A. G., Murray-Wallace, C. V., Hayward, B. W., Mildenhall, D. C., & Lee, D. E. (2014). New c. 270 kyr strike-slip and uplift rates for the southern Alpine Fault and implications for the New Zealand plate boundary. Journal of Structural Geology, 64, 39-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.08.009

Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., Mildenhall, D. C., Lee, D. E., Chacón, J., & Renner, S. S. (2014). Leaf fossils of Luzuriaga and a monocot flower with in situ pollen of Liliacidites contortus Mildenh. & Bannister sp. nov. (Alstroemeriaceae) from the Early Miocene. American Journal of Botany, 101(1), 141-155. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1300351

Scott, J. M., Lee, D. E., Fordyce, R. E., & Palin, J. M. (2014). A possible Late Oligocene–Early Miocene rocky shoreline on Otago Schist. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 57(2), 185-194. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2013.814575

Buckeridge, J. S., Lee, D. E., & Robinson, J. H. (2014). A diverse shallow-water barnacle assemblage (Cirripedia: Sessilia) from the Oligocene of Southland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 57(2), 253-263. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2013.873472

Mildenhall, D. C., Kennedy, E. M., Lee, D. E., Kaulfuss, U., Bannister, J. M., Fox, B., & Conran, J. G. (2014). Palynology of the early Miocene Foulden Maar, Otago, New Zealand: Diversity following destruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 204, 27-42. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.02.003

Carpenter, R. J., Bannister, J. M., Lee, D. E., & Jordan, G. J. (2014). Nothofagus subgenus Brassospora (Nothofagaceae) leaf fossils from New Zealand: A link to Australia and New Guinea? Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174(4), 503-515. doi: 10.1111/boj.12143

Conran, J. G., Mildenhall, D. C., Lee, D. E., Lindqvist, J. K., Shepherd, C., Beu, A. G., Bannister, J. M., & Stein, J. K. (2014). Subtropical rainforest vegetation from Cosy Dell, Southland: Plant fossil evidence for Late Oligocene terrestrial ecosystems. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 57(2), 236-252. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2014.888357

Lee, D. E., Lindqvist, J. K., Beu, A. G., Robinson, J. H., Ayress, M. A., Morgans, H. E. G., & Stein, J. K. (2014). Geological setting and diverse fauna of a Late Oligocene rocky shore ecosystem, Cosy Dell, Southland. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 57(2), 195-208. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2014.898666

Conran, J. G., Lee, W. G., Lee, D. E., Bannister, J. M., & Kaulfuss, U. (2014). Reproductive niche conservatism in the isolated New Zealand flora over 23 million years. Biology Letters, 10(10), 20140647. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0647

Kaulfuss, U., Harris, A. C., Conran, J. G., & Lee, D. E. (2014). An early Miocene ant (subfam. Amblyoponinae) from Foulden Maar: The first fossil Hymenoptera from New Zealand. Alcheringa, 38(4), 568-574. doi: 10.1080/03115518.2014.928181

Reichgelt, T., Kennedy, E. M., Mildenhall, D. C., Conran, J. G., Greenwood, D. R., & Lee, D. E. (2013). Quantitative palaeoclimate estimates for early Miocene southern New Zealand: Evidence from Foulden Maar. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 378, 36-44. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.03.019

Lee, D. E., Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., Kaulfuss, U., & Mildenhall, D. C. (2013). A fossil Fuchsia (Onagraceae) flower and an anther mass with in situ pollen from the early Miocene of New Zealand. American Journal of Botany, 100(10), 2052-2065. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1200643

Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., & Lee, D. E. (2013). Fruits and leaves with cuticle of Laurelia otagoensis sp. nov. (Atherospermataceae) from the early Miocene of Otago (New Zealand). Alcheringa, 37(4), 496-509. doi: 10.1080/03115518.2013.798765

Bannister, J. M., Conran, J. G., & Lee, D. E. (2012). Lauraceae from rainforest surrounding an early Miocene maar lake, Otago, southern New Zealand. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 178, 13-34. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2012.03.015

Sauquet, H., Ho, S. Y. W., Gandolfo, M. A., Jordan, G. J., Wilf, P., Cantrill, D. J., … Lee, D. E., … Udovicic, F. (2012). Testing the impact of calibration on molecular divergence times using a fossil-rich group: The case of Nothofagus (Fagales). Systematic Biology, 61(2), 289-313. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr116

Lee, D. E., Conran, J. G., Lindqvist, J. K., Bannister, J. M., & Mildenhall, D. C. (2012). New Zealand Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene macrofossil and pollen records and modern plant distributions in the Southern Hemisphere. Botanical Review, 78(3), 235-260. doi: 10.1007/s12229-012-9102-7

Carpenter, R. J., Bannister, J. M., Lee, D. E., & Jordan, G. J. (2012). Proteaceae leaf fossils from the Oligo-Miocene of New Zealand: New species and evidence of biome and trait conservatism. Australian Systematic Botany, 25(6), 375-389. doi: 10.1071/SB12018

Carpenter, R. J., Jordan, G. J., Mildenhall, D. C., & Lee, D. E. (2011). Leaf fossils of the ancient Tasmanian relict Microcachrys (Podocarpaceae) from New Zealand. American Journal of Botany, 98(7), 1164-1172. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1000506

Maciunas, E., Conran, J. G., Bannister, J. M., Paull, R., & Lee, D. E. (2011). Miocene Astelia (Asparagales: Asteliaceae) macrofossils from southern New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany, 24(1), 19-31. doi: 10.1071/SB10035

Harper, E. M., Robinson, J. H., & Lee, D. E. (2011). Drill hole analysis reveals evidence of targeted predation on modern brachiopods. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305(1-4), 162-171. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.02.029

Jordan, G. J., Carpenter, R. J., Bannister, J. M., Lee, D. E., Mildenhall, D. C., & Hill, R. S. (2011). High conifer diversity in Oligo-Miocene New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany, 24(2), 121-136. doi: 10.1071/sb11004

Carpenter, R. J., Bannister, J. M., Jordan, G. J., & Lee, D. E. (2010). Leaf fossils of Proteaceae tribe Persoonieae from the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene of New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany, 23(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1071/sb09015

Carpenter, R. J., Jordan, G. J., Lee, D. E., & Hill, R. S. (2010). Leaf fossils of Banksia (Proteaceae) from New Zealand: An Australian abroad. American Journal of Botany, 97(2), 288-297. doi: 10.3732/ajb.0900199

Conran, J. G., Kaulfuss, U., Bannister, J. M., Mildenhall, D. C., & Lee, D. E. (2010). Davallia (Polypodiales: Davalliaceae) macrofossils from Early Miocene Otago (New Zealand) with in situ spores. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162, 84-94. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.06.001

Ferguson, D. K., Lee, D. E., Bannister, J. M., Zetter, R., Jordan, G. J., Vavra, N., & Mildenhall, D. C. (2010). The taphonomy of a remarkable leaf bed assemblage from the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene Gore Lignite Measures, southern New Zealand. International Journal of Coal Geology, 83(2/3), 173-181. doi: 10.1016/j.coal.2009.07.009

Lee, D. E., Bannister, J. M., Raine, J. I., & Conran, J. G. (2010). Euphorbiaceae: Acalyphoideae fossils from early Miocene New Zealand: Mallotus-macaranga leaves, fruits, and inflorescence with in situ Nyssapollenites endobalteus pollen. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 163(1-2), 127-138. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.10.002

Lee, D. E., Robinson, J. H., Witman, J. D., Copeland, S. E., Harper, E. M., Smith, F., & Lamare, M. D. (2010). Observations on recruitment, growth and ecology in a diverse living brachiopod community, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 84, 177-191. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00996.x

Lindqvist, J. K., & Lee, D. E. (2009). High-frequency paleoclimate signals from Foulden Maar, Waipiata Volcanic Field, southern New Zealand: An Early miocene varved lacustrine diatomite deposit. Sedimentary Geology, 222(1-2), 98-110. doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2009.07.009

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