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Dr Janice Lord, Associate Professor

Ecology and conservation, plants and fungi
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Email: janice.lord@otago.ac.nz
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Phone: +64 3 479 5131

I am a botanist with interests in the evolution, ecology and conservation of New Zealand’s unique plants, and how they interact with pollinators, seed dispersers and microbial mutualisms.

My research is motivated by a desire to provide plant-based knowledge that will contribute to species conservation, improved ecosystem services and climate change mitigation. I am currently focused on plant, seed and fungal biology in relation to large-scale native reforestation, in the context of both ecological restoration and carbon sequestration. Current work also includes ecology and regeneration of rare plants, plant structural complexity and invertebrate diversity, limits of beech forest expansion, and effects of weed control methods on native plants and fungi.

I am also interested in traditional use of plants by Māori, particularly how mātauranga and botanical knowledge intersect with respect to plants used in textiles. I was responsible for the design of the 100% native 'greenroof' on the University of Otago’s Greenstar-rated William James Building, and for Flora Finder, the smartphone application developed to help identify New Zealand's most common native trees, shrubs and weeds.

Research interests

Plant evolutionary ecology, reproduction and pollination biology; rare plant conservation; mycorrhizal fungi in ecological restoration; carbon sequestration by native plants; culturally important New Zealand plants.

Janice is Principal Investigator for the 1 Billion Trees project Ngā Kākano Whakahau in collaboration with Matt Larcombe and David Orlovich:

Listen to Janice explaining the significance of Mast Seeding for the 2019 Wild Dunedin podcast:
Wild Dunedin podcast (oar website)

Janice was recently invited to talk about the value of native trees for carbon sequestration in the Otago Climate Change Network seminar series, 24 September 2019:
Otago Climate Change Network (YouTube)

Janice is also a collaborator in the Alpine Ecology Research Group with a particular interest in alpine pollination mutualisms and impacts of climate change in alpine regions.
Alpine Ecology Research Group

Her research interests extend to other cold habitats such as the Subantartic islands. In a 2016 podcast from BBC’s Planet Earth II, Islands Episode, she explains her interest in subantarctic megaherbs:
Subantartic megaherbs (BBC website)

Teaching involvement

Paper code Paper title
BIOL 123 Plants: How They Shape the World
BTNY 202 Plant and Fungal Diversity (course co-ordinator)
BTNY 301 Plant Ecology
BTNY 302 Plant Interactions
BTNY 465 Plants and Environment
BTNY 467 New Zealand Plant Ecology & Evolution
GENE 222 Genes, Chromosomes and Populations

Other departmental responsibilities

Research Theme involvement

Janice is a Research Affiliate of CSAFE (Centre for Sustainability), and a member of the Otago Climate Change Network, OCCnet. She is also involved with the Catchments Otago theme and teaches into the Genetics programme.

Ask A Scientist

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

Visit the Ask a Scientist page to view the questions and Janice's responses.

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Publications

Iwasaki, J. M., Barratt, B. I. P., Jandt, J. M., Jowett, T. W. D., Lord, J. M., Mercer, A. R., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2020). Honey bees do not displace foraging bumble bees on nectar-rich artificial flowers. Apidologie. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13592-019-00690-z

Saldivia, P., Wood, K. R., Orlovich, D. A., & Lord, J. M. (2020). Pacifigeron indivisus (Asteraceae: Astereae), a new species endemic to Rapa, Austral Islands, and a new delimitation of the Celmisia group. Phytotaxa, 442(4), 239-266. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.442.4.1

Ludwig, L. R., Kantvilas, G., Nilsen, A. R., Orlovich, D. A., Ohmura, Y., Summerfield, T. C., … Lord, J. M. (2020). A molecular-genetic reassessment of the circumscription of the lichen genus Icmadophila. Lichenologist, 52(3), 213-220. doi: 10.1017/S0024282920000122

Lord, J. M. (2019). Nature of alpine ecosystems in temperate mountains of New Zealand. In S. A. Elias (Ed.), Reference module in earth systems and environmental sciences. Elseveir. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11891-3

Buxton, M. N., Anderson, B. J., Hoare, R. J. B., & Lord, J. M. (2019). Are moths the missing pollinators in subantarctic New Zealand? Polar Research, 38, 3545. doi: 10.33265/polar.v38.3545

Chapter in Book - Research

Lord, J. M. (2019). Nature of alpine ecosystems in temperate mountains of New Zealand. In S. A. Elias (Ed.), Reference module in earth systems and environmental sciences. Elseveir. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11891-3

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

Iwasaki, J. M., Barratt, B. I. P., Jandt, J. M., Jowett, T. W. D., Lord, J. M., Mercer, A. R., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2020). Honey bees do not displace foraging bumble bees on nectar-rich artificial flowers. Apidologie. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13592-019-00690-z

Ludwig, L. R., Kantvilas, G., Nilsen, A. R., Orlovich, D. A., Ohmura, Y., Summerfield, T. C., … Lord, J. M. (2020). A molecular-genetic reassessment of the circumscription of the lichen genus Icmadophila. Lichenologist, 52(3), 213-220. doi: 10.1017/S0024282920000122

Saldivia, P., Wood, K. R., Orlovich, D. A., & Lord, J. M. (2020). Pacifigeron indivisus (Asteraceae: Astereae), a new species endemic to Rapa, Austral Islands, and a new delimitation of the Celmisia group. Phytotaxa, 442(4), 239-266. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.442.4.1

Buxton, M. N., Anderson, B. J., Hoare, R. J. B., & Lord, J. M. (2019). Are moths the missing pollinators in subantarctic New Zealand? Polar Research, 38, 3545. doi: 10.33265/polar.v38.3545

Hilton, M., Konlechner, T., McLachlan, K., Lim, D., & Lord, J. (2019). Long-lived seed banks of Ammophila arenaria prolong dune restoration programs. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 23, 461-471. doi: 10.1007/s11852-018-0675-0

Saldivia, P., Vargas, O. M., Orlovich, D. A., & Lord, J. M. (2019). Nomenclatural priority of the genus Linochilus over Piofontia (Asteraceae: Astereae). Phytotaxa, 424(3), 158-166. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.424.3.3

Iwasaki, J. M., Dickinson, K. J. M., Barratt, B. I. P., Mercer, A. R., Jowett, T. W. D., & Lord, J. M. (2018). Floral usage partitioning and competition between social (Apis mellifera, Bombus terrestris) and solitary bees in New Zealand: Niche partitioning via floral preferences? Austral Ecology, 43, 937-948. doi: 10.1111/aec.12643

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

Clarke, A. G., Lord, J. M., Hua, X., & Ohlemüller, R. (2018). Does current climate explain plant disjunctions? A test using the New Zealand alpine flora. Journal of Biogeography, 45(7), 1490-1499. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13222

Miller, C. M., Barratt, B. I. P., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Lord, J. M. (2018). Are introduced plants a threat to native pollinator services in montane–alpine environments? Alpine Botany, 128(2), 179-189. doi: 10.1007/s00035-018-0206-5

Moore, A., Johnson, M., Gbolagun, J., Miller, A., Rombouts, A., van der Ven, L., Lord, J., … Hall, G. B. (2018). Integrating agroecology and sustainable tourism: Applying geodesign to farm management in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(9), 1543-1561. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1484751

Bräuning, S., Catanach, A., Lord, J. M., Bicknell, R., & Macknight, R. C. (2018). Comparative transcriptome analysis of the wild-type model apomict Hieracium praealtum and its loss of parthenogenesis (lop) mutant. BMC Plant Biology, 18, 206. doi: 10.1186/s12870-018-1423-1

Wehi, P. M., & Lord, J. M. (2017). Importance of including cultural practices in ecological restoration. Conservation Biology, 31(5), 1109-1118. 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, 121(1), 150-162. 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

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

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, 59(5), 965-979. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12281

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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., 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., 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

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

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

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

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

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