Francis Nge

Mr Francis Nge

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am part of Michelle Waycott’s lab at the Department of Genetics and Evolution, and am also currently based at the State Herbarium of South Australia.

Fields of interest: Plant systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, evolution, phylogeography, floristics, ecology, ecophysiology.

My project focuses on the patterns of diversity of the native Australian flora, across the southern temperate regions of Australia.

My project aims to elucidate underlying mechanisms and drivers for these patterns in an evolutionary context, with a focus in the fields of biogeography, phylogeny, systematics, and taxonomy.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2016 The University of Western Australia Australia BSc. (Hons)
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Nge, F. J., Biffin, E., Thiele, K. R., & Waycott, M. (2020). Extinction pulse at Eocene-Oligocene boundary drives diversification dynamics of two Australian temperate floras.. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 287(1919), 20192546.
    2019 Plachno, B., Stpiczynska, M., Swiatek, P., Lambers, H., Miranda, V., Nge, F., . . . Cawthray, G. (2019). Floral micromorphology of the bird-pollinated carnivorous plant species Utricularia menziesii R.Br. (Lentibulariaceae). Annals of botany, 123(1), 213-220.
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    2019 Nge, F., Ranathunge, K., Kotula, L., Cawthray, G., & Lambers, H. (2019). Strong host specificity of a root hemi-parasite (Santalum acuminatum) limits its local distribution: beggars can be choosers. Plant and Soil, 437(1-2), 159-177.
    2019 Płachno, B., Stpiczyńska, M., Świątek, P., Lambers, H., Cawthray, G., Nge, F., . . . Miranda, V. (2019). Floral micromorphology and nectar composition of the early evolutionary lineage Utricularia (subgenus Polypompholyx, Lentibulariaceae). Protoplasma, 256(6), 1531-1543.
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    2018 Hammer, T., Macintyre, P., Nge, F., Davis, R., Mucina, L., & Thiele, K. (2018). The noble and the exalted: A multidisciplinary approach to resolving a taxonomic controversy within Ptilotus (Amaranthaceae). Australian Systematic Botany, 31(3), 262-280.
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    2018 Nge, F., & Lambers, H. (2018). Reassessing protocarnivory-how hungry are triggerplants?. Australian Journal of Botany, 66(4), 325-330.
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    2017 Thiele, K., & Nge, F. (2017). Hibbertia sejuncta, a new, rare species from Western Australia, with notes on h. Helianthemoides. Nuytsia, 28, 115-117.
    2017 Nge, F., Keighery, G., & Thiele, K. (2017). A revision of the calytrix acutifolia complex (Myrtaceae: Chamelaucieae). Nuytsia, 28, 321-337.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Nge, F. J. (2019). Triggerplant (Stylidium) Species Richness at the Proposed Yule Brook Regional Park. In H. Lambers (Ed.), A Jewel in the Crown of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot (pp. 249-260). Kwongan Foundation and the Naturalists' Club Inc.
    2019 Nge, F. J. (2019). New and rare species of Banksia (Proteaceae). In G. Zemunik (Ed.), Kwongan Matters Newsletter (Vol. 8, pp. 18-23). the University of Western Australia.


  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Grant, Ecological Society of Australia ($6570)
  • Lirabenda Endowment Fund Research Grant, Field Naturalists Society of South Australia ($2956)
  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) Student Travel Grant ($1500)


  • Hansjörg Eichler Scientific Research Fund, Australasian Systematic Botany Society ($5000)      
  • National Taxonomy Research Grant on Rhamnaceae, Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS); listed as primary PhD student involved in the project ($210,000)
  • Plant Systematics PhD Grant, South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources ($23,000)


Demonstrator in the Plant II course (ENV BIOL 2500) at the University of Adelaide.                                                                                                                                      


Demonstrator in the Evolutionary Biology III course (ENV BIOL 3590) at the University of Adelaide.   

Demonstrator in the intensive Plant Identification course (ENV BIOL 2510) at the University of Adelaide.


Demonstrator in the intensive Plant Identification course (ENV BIOL 2510) at the University of Adelaide.


Demonstrator during the field trip of the 3rd year Plant Eco-physiology course (PLNT3301) at the University of Western Australia.

  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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