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Dr Allison Knight, Research Associate

Email allison.knight.nz@gmail.com
Telephone +64 27 4878265

A full copy of Allison's curriculum vitae is available.

Research Interests

  • Lichen microbiome and metabolites – with Metagenomics Research Group, Victoria University
  • Revision of Australasian Buelliod lichens – with Jack Elix, Canberra.
  • World revision of marine Verrucariaceae - with Sergio Perez-Ortega, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid
  • World revision of Ramalina phylogeny – with Sergio Perez-Ortega and Dan Blanchon
  • Lichenicolous fungi on Parmeliaceae – with David Hawksworth, Natural History Museum, London
  • Lichenicolous fungi on Ramalina - with Paul Diederich
  • Bipolar lichenicolous fungi - with Mikhail Zhurbenko, Russian Acadamy of Science
  • Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Lobariaceae – with Robert Lücking and the Field Museum, Chicago
  • Lichens as an indicator of climate change – with Alpine Ecology Research Group, Otago University
  • Updating the conservation status of New Zealand’s Data Deficient Lichens

Other Activities

  • Lichen consultant, Department of Botany and Botanical Societies
  • Review panel, Herzogia
  • Editorial panel of Australasian Lichenology
  • Honorary curator, Lichens, Otago Regional Herbarium (OTA)
  • Herbarium committee, Otago Regional Herbarium
  • Author and illustrator of an Introductory guide to New Zealand Lichens
  • Compiling an Extended Guide to New Zealand Lichens
  • Member of the New Zealand plant threat listing panel (lichens)
  • Updating New Zealand and regional lichen checklists
  • Expert Lichenolgist for NatureWatch New Zealand.
  • Member of: International Association for Lichenologists; Lichen List; British Lichen Society; New Zealand Botanical Society; Wellington Botanical Society; Botanical Society of Otago (secretary); New Zealand Plant Conservation Network; New Zealand Data Deficient Lichen Group; John Child Bryophyte and Lichen Workshops

Publications

de Lange PJ, Blanchon DJ, Knight A, Frogley K, Harris A, Rolfe JR. Conservation status of New Zealand lichens. (In preparation)

Bibiana Moncada B, de Lange P, Ranft H, Knight A, Blanchon D, Lücking R, Lumbsch HT. Pseudocyphellaria crocata (Ascomycota: Lobariaceae) in New Zealand: phylogenetic revision reveals eight species and absence of P. crocata s.str. (In preparation)

Calcott MJ, Ackerley DF, Knight A, Keyzers RA and Owen JG. Secondary metabolism in the lichen symbiosis. Chemical Society Reviews DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00431A (Impact Factor 38.6)

Lord J, Mark A, Maegli T, Halloy S, Bannister P, Knight A, Dickinson K. 2017. Response of alpine vegetation to altered snow regimes in Otago, New Zealand. Special issue on Alpine and arctic plant communities : a worldwide perspective. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 30: 51-61

Elix JA, Knight A, Blanchon D 2017. New species and new records of buellioid lichens (Physciaceae, Ascomycota) from New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology 80: 46 – 52.

Lücking R, Nelsen M, Aptroot A, Barillas de klee M, Bawingan P, Benatti M, Binh N, Bungartz F, Cáceres M, Canêz L, Chaves J-L, Ertz D, Esquivel R, Ferraro L, Grijalva, A, Gueidan C, Hernández J, Knight A, Lumbsch H, Marcelli M, Mercado-Díaz J, Moncada B, Morales E, Naksuwankul K, Orozco T, Parnmen S, Rivas Plata E,Salazar-Allen N, Spielmann A, and Ventura N. 2016. A phylogenetic framework for reassessing generic concepts and species delimitation in the lichenized family Trypetheliaceae (Ascomycota: Dothideomycetes). The Lichenologist 48(6): 739–762

Elix JA, Malcolm WM, Knight A 2015. New records and new combinations of buellioid lichens (Physciaceae, Ascomycota) from New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology 77: 36–41

Nelsen, MP; Lücking, R; Aptroot, A; Andrew, CJ; Cáceres, M; Rivas Plata, CG; da Siiva Canêz, L; Knight, A; Ludwig, LR; Merceda-Díaz, J; Parnmen, S; Lumbsch, HT. 2014. Elucidating phylogenetic relationships and genus-level classification within the fungal family Trypetheliaceae (Ascomycota: Dothidiomycetes). Taxon 63: 974-992

Lord JM, Knight A, Bannister JM, Ludwig LR, Malcolm WA, Orlovich DA 2013. Rediscovery of pycnidia in Thamnolia vermicularis: Implications for chemotype occurrence and distribution. Lichenologist 45(3): 397-411

de Lange PJ, Galloway DJ, Blanchon DJ, Knight A, Rolfe JR, Crowcroft GM, Hitchmough R 2012. Conservation status of New Zealand lichens. New Zealand Journal of Botany 50, (3), 303-363

Fryday AM, Knight A 2012. A new species of Megalaria (Ramalinaceae, lichenized Ascomycota) from South Island, New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology 70, 26 – 29

Knight A, Elix JA, Archer AW 2011. A new species of Pertusaria (lichenized Ascomycota, Pertusariaceae) from New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology 69: 33- 35.

Bannister P, Maegli T, Dickinson KJM, Halloy SRP, Knight A, Lord JM, Mark AF, Spencer KL 2005. Will loss of snow cover during climatic warming expose New Zealand alpine plants to increased frost damage?. Oecologia 144, 245-256.

Monk BC, Niimi K, Lin S, Knight A, Kardos TB, Cannon RD, Parshot R, King A, Lun D, Harding DRK 2005. Surface-active fungicidal D-peptide inhibitors of the plasma membrane proton pump that block azole resistance. Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy 49, 57-70.

Galloway D, Knight A 1999. Leptogium australe (Collemataceae), new to New Zealand. Lichenologist 31, 642-646.

Maw MA, Kennedy B, Knight A, Bridges R, Roth KE, Mani EJ, Mukkadan JK, Nancarrow D, Crabb JW, Denton MJ 1997. Mutation of the gene encoding cellular retinaldehyde-binding protein in autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa. Nature Genetics 17, 198-200.

Bird SD, Knight A, Legge M, Walker RJ 1996. L-cysteine improves growth of human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMC) in vitro. Kidney International 50, 1411-1411.

Knight J, Knight A, Ungvari G 1992. Can autoimmune mechanisms account for the genetic predisposition to schizophrenia. British Journal Of Psychiatry 160, 533-540.

Knight JG, Knight A, Menkes DB, Mullen PE 1990. Autoantibodies against brain septal region antigens specific to unmedicated schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 28, 467-474.

Knight JG, Knight A, Menkes DB, Mullen PE 1990. Antiseptal autoantibodies in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 27, 681-681.

Knight A, Adams DD, Rich SS, Barbosa J 1988. Genetic evidence favoring cyto-toxic t-cell forbidden clones as the cause of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Research Clinical And Experimental 9, 1-4.

Knight JG, Knight A 1986. Genetics of endocrine autoimmunity - animal models. Mount Sinai Journal Of Medicine 53, 19-22.

Knight J, Laing P, Knight A, Adams D, Ling N 1986. Thyroid-stimulating autoantibodies usually contain only lambda-light chains - evidence for the forbidden clone theory. Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology And Metabolism 62, 342-347.

Knight J, Laing P, Knight A, Adams D 1984. Forbidden clones. Immunology Today 5, 336-336.

Knight A, Knight J, Laing P, Adams D 1984. Coexisting thyroid and gastric autoimmune-diseases are not due to cross-reactive autoantibodies. Journal Of Clinical & Laboratory Immunology 14, 141-144.

Knight JG, Laing P, Knight A, Adams DD, Bray JJ, Ling NR 1984. Evidence for the forbidden clone theory of autoimmunity. Proceedings Of The University Of Otago Medical School 62, 39-40.

Knight JG, Knight A 1984. Multiple-organ autoimmunity. Nature 308, 318-318.

Knight A, Adams DD 1983. Absence of allotypic variation in the auto-antigen for thyroid stimulating autoantibodies. Clinical And Experimental Immunology 52, 317-324.

Manley SWW, Knight A, Adams DD 1982. The thyrotropin receptor. Springer Seminars In Immunopathology 5, 413-431.

Knight A, Smith J, Adams DD, Hunn M, Beulink R, Hunter J 1982. Swift thyroid reaction to iodine deprivation in mice. Proceedings Of The University Of Otago Medical School 60, 69-71.

Knight A, Adams DD. 1980. Autoantibodies with intrinsic biological activity. Hormone Research 13, 69-80.

Knight A 1975. Reactions between thyroid-stimulating autoantibodies and thyroid cell antigens. New Zealand Medical Journal 81, 489-489.

Knight A, McGregor DD 1974. Development of vascular reactivity in chickens - responses of mesenteric and hind-limb blood-vessels to norepinephrine and acetylcholine. Blood Vessels 11, 212-228.

McGregor DD, Knight A 1974. Vascular-responses to noradrenaline in newly-hatched chickens. New Zealand Medical Journal 80, 121-121.

Knight A, Adams DD 1973. Infusion of LATS protector and LATS into monkeys. Proceedings Of The University Of Otago Medical School 51, 11-13.

Peer reviewed Books, book chapters and books edited

Knight A. 2014. Lichens of New Zealand: an introductory illustrated guide. Dunedin: Alison Knight. 55 pp.

Educational Books and Book Chapters and Illustrated Keys.

Rapson G, Lewington R, Beveridge P, Ludwig L, Knight A. Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts and Lichens: a guide for beginners

Malcolm B, Malcolm N, Knight A 2010. New Zealand’s Foliose Lichens: An Illustrated Key. Micro Optics Press

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Publications

Lord, J. M., Mark, A. F., Humar-Maegli, T., Halloy, S. R. P., Bannister, P., Knight, A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2018). 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, 30, 51-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2017.07.004

Calcott, M. J., Ackerley, D. F., Knight, A., Keyzers, R. A., & Owen, J. G. (2018). Secondary metabolism in the lichen symbiosis. Chemical Society Reviews, 47, 1730-1760. doi: 10.1039/c7cs00431a

Lücking, R., Nelsen, M. P., Aptroot, A., Barillas de Klee, R., Bawingan, P. A., Benatti, M. N., … Knight, A., … Ventura, N. (2016). A phylogenetic framework for reassessing generic concepts and species delimitation in the lichenized family Trypetheliaceae (Ascomycota: Dothideomycetes). Lichenologist, 48(6), 739-762. doi: 10.1017/S0024282916000505

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

Lord, J., Dickinson, K., Halloy, S., Knight, A., Maegli, T., & Mark, A. (2013, January). Response of alpine vegetation to altered snow regimes in Otago, New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the VII Southern Connection Congress: Southern Lands and Southern Oceans: Life on the Edge? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Journal - Research Article

Lord, J. M., Mark, A. F., Humar-Maegli, T., Halloy, S. R. P., Bannister, P., Knight, A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2018). 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, 30, 51-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2017.07.004

Lücking, R., Nelsen, M. P., Aptroot, A., Barillas de Klee, R., Bawingan, P. A., Benatti, M. N., … Knight, A., … Ventura, N. (2016). A phylogenetic framework for reassessing generic concepts and species delimitation in the lichenized family Trypetheliaceae (Ascomycota: Dothideomycetes). Lichenologist, 48(6), 739-762. doi: 10.1017/S0024282916000505

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

Fryday, A. M., & Knight, A. (2012). A new species of Megalaria (Ramalinaceae, lichenized Ascomycota) from South Island, New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology, 70, 26-29.

de Lange, P. J., Galloway, D. J., Blanchon, D. J., Knight, A., Rolfe, J. R., Crowcroft, G. M., & Hitchmough, R. (2012). Conservation status of New Zealand lichens. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 50(3), 303-363. doi: 10.1080/0028825x.2012.691426

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.

Galloway, D. J., & Knight, A. (1999). Leptogium australe (Collemataceae), new to New Zealand. Lichenologist, 31(6), 642-646.

Galloway, D. J., Knight, A., Johnson, P. N., & Hayward, B. W. (1999). Additional lichen records from New Zealand 30: Polycoccum galligenum new to New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere. Australasian Lichenology, 45, 8-9.

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Journal - Research Other

Calcott, M. J., Ackerley, D. F., Knight, A., Keyzers, R. A., & Owen, J. G. (2018). Secondary metabolism in the lichen symbiosis. Chemical Society Reviews, 47, 1730-1760. doi: 10.1039/c7cs00431a

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Maegli, T., Bannister, P., Dickinson, K., Halloy, S., Lord, J., Knight, A., & Mark, A. (2004). Significance of seasonal snow cover and possible climate change to alpine plant communities in Central Otago, New Zealand. In J. Midgley & W. Bond (Eds.), Proceedings of the IV Southern Connections Conference. (pp. 114-115). South Africa: University of Cape Town. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lord, J., Dickinson, K., Halloy, S., Knight, A., Maegli, T., & Mark, A. (2013, January). Response of alpine vegetation to altered snow regimes in Otago, New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the VII Southern Connection Congress: Southern Lands and Southern Oceans: Life on the Edge? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Lord, J., Knight, A., Orlovich, D., Dickinson, K., & Maegli, T. (2006, August-September). Thamnolia lichens: Alpine canaries for climate change? Verbal presentation at the Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia, Wellington, New Zealand.

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