Professor Michelle Waycott

Michelle Waycott
HBS Womersley Chair in Systematic Botany
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

I have a joint position based at The University of Adelaide where I also act as the Head of the State Herbarium of South Australia (AD) as Chief Botanist. The herbarium is part of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of South Australia. Through the herbarium I have a responsability to support and enhance our understanding of the flora of South Australia with a particular emphasis on systematics and taxonomy. In my broader role I am interested in the study of plant evolution. Particularly interesting is the way plants adapt to stressful of difficult environments including marine plants, desert plants and plants with specialised adaptations such as specific pollinators.

My research is often at the interface between systematics and taxonomy, population genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, basic biology and molecular genetics. I believe strongly that research should have useful outcomes for the future-both as applied action supporting better management of our natural resources, as well as foundational pure basic research that might lead to innovative, inspirational and sometimes even serendipitous outcomes.

My research includes a focus on the systematics of plants (especially seagrasses and related groups, monocots, sandalwood, Solanum and other arid groups). In addition, I study native plant species concepts and how to evaluate them for more effective management and the evolution of the Australian Flora. Recently, my group has progressed the ways that an application of molecular markers can be used to detect speciation or recent hybrid formation in natural populations. This is particularly important where hybrids are priming between introduced and native species leading to the loss of local distinctiveness of populations of native species.

I also lead and contribute to a diverse range of research including:
• Estuarine, marine and coastal plant communities
–Population dynamics (population genetics, reproductive biology, connectivity and spatial and temporal variability) including carbon sequestration (‘blue carbon’)
–Documenting and analysis of trends in long-term ecosystem change - in particular for coastal plant communities (e.g. seagrasses)
–Risks and threats to coastal and marine ecosystems
–Climate change and drivers of ecosystem change (e.g. water quality)
–Coastal ecosystem ecological function including threatened plant species
–Research supporting marine parks management
• Applied science for management
–Science for use in policy development and community awareness
–Biodiversity and human health
–Knowledge management for decision making
–Evidence based decision making
–Science integration and communication
• Plant systematics, taxonomy and evolutionary biology
–New species descriptions
–Evolution of the Australian flora
–Management of biological collections based institutions
–Molecular systematics
–Applications of molecular tools in foundational botanical sciences esp. taxonomy, evolutionary and ecological genetics

I work hard to encourage research activities on the flora through student research projects, by supporting Herbarium staff to conduct research in their areas of interest and by facilitating access to the herbarium for other researcher and student use.

I also act as a strategic advisor within the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources on a wide range of natural resource management issues. I currently have research activities underway that aim to inform management of threatened species, restoration and to identify knowledge gaps for seagrasses and seagrass ecosystems in South Australia and Australia-wide.

I contribute to teaching in the School of Biological Sciences in the Evolutionary Biology and Marine Biology and Botany programs and take on honours, masters and PhD students as a supervisor.

I am a core member of the:
Environment Institute
Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity
Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre
Advanced DNA Identification and Forensics Facility
And I am an Affiliate of the Centre for Conservation Science and Technology

I currently am Chair of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria

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External Profiles

Professor Michelle Waycott

I have a joint position based at The University of Adelaide where I also act as the Head of the State Herbarium of South Australia (AD) as Chief Botanist. The herbarium is part of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of South Australia. Through the herbarium I have a responsability to support and enhance our understanding of the flora of South Australia with a particular emphasis on systematics and taxonomy. In my broader role I am interested in the study of plant evolution. Particularly interesting is the way plants adapt to stressful of difficult environments including marine plants, desert plants and plants with specialised adaptations such as specific pollinators.

My research is often at the interface between systematics and taxonomy, population genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, basic biology and molecular genetics. I believe strongly that research should have useful outcomes for the future-both as applied action supporting better management of our natural resources, as well as foundational pure basic research that might lead to innovative, inspirational and sometimes even serendipitous outcomes.

My research includes a focus on the systematics of plants (especially seagrasses and related groups, monocots, sandalwood, Solanum and other arid groups). In addition, I study native plant species concepts and how to evaluate them for more effective management and the evolution of the Australian Flora. Recently, my group has progressed the ways that an application of molecular markers can be used to detect speciation or recent hybrid formation in natural populations. This is particularly important where hybrids are priming between introduced and native species leading to the loss of local distinctiveness of populations of native species.

I also lead and contribute to a diverse range of research including:
• Estuarine, marine and coastal plant communities
–Population dynamics (population genetics, reproductive biology, connectivity and spatial and temporal variability) including carbon sequestration (‘blue carbon’)
–Documenting and analysis of trends in long-term ecosystem change - in particular for coastal plant communities (e.g. seagrasses)
–Risks and threats to coastal and marine ecosystems
–Climate change and drivers of ecosystem change (e.g. water quality)
–Coastal ecosystem ecological function including threatened plant species
–Research supporting marine parks management
• Applied science for management
–Science for use in policy development and community awareness
–Biodiversity and human health
–Knowledge management for decision making
–Evidence based decision making
–Science integration and communication
• Plant systematics, taxonomy and evolutionary biology
–New species descriptions
–Evolution of the Australian flora
–Management of biological collections based institutions
–Molecular systematics
–Applications of molecular tools in foundational botanical sciences esp. taxonomy, evolutionary and ecological genetics

I work hard to encourage research activities on the flora through student research projects, by supporting Herbarium staff to conduct research in their areas of interest and by facilitating access to the herbarium for other researcher and student use.

I also act as a strategic advisor within the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources on a wide range of natural resource management issues. I currently have research activities underway that aim to inform management of threatened species, restoration and to identify knowledge gaps for seagrasses and seagrass ecosystems in South Australia and Australia-wide.

I contribute to teaching in the School of Biological Sciences in the Evolutionary Biology and Marine Biology and Botany programs and take on honours, masters and PhD students as a supervisor.

I am a core member of the:
Environment Institute
Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity
Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre
Advanced DNA Identification and Forensics Facility
And I am an Affiliate of the Centre for Conservation Science and Technology

I currently am Chair of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2011 - 2021 HBS Womersley Professor of Plant Systematics and Chief Botanist State Herbarium of South Australia University of Adelaide
2010 - 2011 Associate Professor Plant and Agricultural Science James Cook University

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1996 University of Western Australia Australia BSc (Hons) PhD (Botany)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Lowe, A., & Weinstein, P. (2018). Landscape biodiversity correlates with respiratory health in Australia. Journal of Environmental Management, 206, 113.
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2018 Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Breed, M., & Weinstein, P. (2018). Ambient soil cation exchange capacity inversely associates with infectious and parasitic disease risk in regional Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 626, 117-125.
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2018 Grech, A., Hanert, E., McKenzie, L., Rasheed, M., Thomas, C., Tol, S., . . . Coles, R. (2018). Predicting the cumulative effect of multiple disturbances on seagrass connectivity.. Global change biology.
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2017 McMahon, K., Evans, R., Van Dijk, K., Hernawan, U., Kendrick, G., Lavery, P., . . . Waycott, M. (2017). Disturbance is an important driver of clonal richness in tropical seagrasses. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 14 pages.
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2017 Foster, N., Fotheringham, D., Brock, D., & Waycott, M. (2017). A resourceful and adaptable method to obtain data on the status of seagrass meadows. Aquatic Botany, 141, 17-21.
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2017 O'Brien, K., Waycott, M., Maxwell, P., Kendrick, G., Udy, J., Ferguson, A., . . . Dennison, W. (2017). Seagrass ecosystem trajectory depends on the relative timescales of resistance, recovery and disturbance. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Online, 1-11.
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2017 York, P., Smith, T., Coles, R., McKenna, S., Connolly, R., Irving, A., . . . Whitehead, S. (2017). Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective. Marine Environmental Research, 127, 163-172.
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2016 Dutra, L., Dichmont, C., van Putten, I., Thébaud, O., Deng, R., Pascual, R., . . . Playford, J. (2016). How important is the coast? A survey of coastal objectives in an Australian regional city. Marine Policy, 71, 229-241.
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2016 Grech, A., Wolter, J., Coles, R., Mckenzie, L., Rasheed, M., Thomas, C., . . . Hanert, E. (2016). Spatial patterns of seagrass dispersal and settlement. Diversity and Distributions, 22(11), 1150-1162.
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2016 Cross, H., Biffin, E., Van Dijk, K., Lowe, A., & Waycott, M. (2016). Effective application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches in systematics and population genetics: Case studies in Eucalyptus and Acacia. Australian Systematic Botany, 29(3), 235-246.
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2016 Liddicoat, C., Waycott, M., & Weinstein, P. (2016). Environmental change and human health: Can environmental proxies inform the biodiversity hypothesis for protective microbial-human contact?. BioScience, 66(12), 1023-1034.
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2016 Field, A., Testo, W., Bostock, P., Holtum, J., & Waycott, M. (2016). Molecular phylogenetics and the morphology of the Lycopodiaceae subfamily Huperzioideae supports three genera: Huperzia, Phlegmariurus and Phylloglossum. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94(Pt B), 635-657.
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2016 Dichmont, C., Dutra, L., Owens, R., Jebreen, E., Thompson, C., Deng, R., . . . Playford, J. (2016). A generic method of engagement to elicit regional coastal management options. Ocean and Coastal Management, 124, 22-32.
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2016 Collier, C., Adams, M., Langlois, L., Waycott, M., O'Brien, K., Maxwell, P., & McKenzie, L. (2016). Thresholds for morphological response to light reduction for four tropical seagrass species. Ecological Indicators, 67, 358-366.
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2016 Reynolds, L., Waycott, M., McGlathery, K., & Orth, R. (2016). Ecosystem services returned through seagrass restoration. Restoration Ecology, 24(5), 583-588.
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2015 Kilminster, K., McMahon, K., Waycott, M., Kendrick, G., Scanes, P., McKenzie, L., . . . Udy, J. (2015). Unravelling complexity in seagrass systems for management: Australia as a microcosm. Science of the Total Environment, 534, 97-109.
DOI Scopus43 WoS35 Europe PMC15
2015 Lynch, A., Thackway, R., Specht, A., Beggs, P., Brisbane, S., Burns, E., . . . Waycott, M. (2015). Transdisciplinary synthesis for ecosystem science, policy and management: The Australian experience. Science of the Total Environment, 534, 173-184.
DOI Scopus14 WoS16 Europe PMC1
2015 Unsworth, R., Collier, C., Waycott, M., Mckenzie, L., & Cullen-Unsworth, L. (2015). A framework for the resilience of seagrass ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 100(1), 34-46.
DOI Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC20
2014 Bijak, A., van Dijk, K., & Waycott, M. (2014). Development of microsatellite markers for a tropical seagrass, Syringodium filiforme (Cymodoceaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(10), 1400082-1-1400082-4.
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2014 McMahon, K., van Dijk, K., Ruiz-Montoya, L., Kendrick, G., Krauss, S., Waycott, M., . . . Duarte, C. (2014). The movement ecology of seagrasses. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 281(1795), 20140878-1-20140878-9.
DOI Scopus32 WoS27 Europe PMC12
2014 van Dijk, K., Mellors, J., & Waycott, M. (2014). Development of multiplex microsatellite PCR panels for the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii (Hydrocharitaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(11), 1400078-1-1400078-5.
DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC1
2014 Ranjbar, M., Hajmoradi, F., Waycott, M., & Van Dijk, K. (2014). A phylogeny of the tribe Caraganeae (Fabaceae) based on DNA sequence data from ITS. Feddes Repertorium, 125(3-4), 78-84.
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2014 Blair, D., McMahon, A., McDonald, B., Tikel, D., Waycott, M., & Marsh, H. (2014). Pleistocene sea level fluctuations and the phylogeography of the dugong in Australian waters. Marine Mammal Science, 30(1), 104-121.
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2014 Collier, C., Villacorta-Rath, C., van Dijk, J., Takahashi, M., & Waycott, M. (2014). Seagrass proliferation precedes mortality during hypo-salinity events: a stress-induced morphometric response. PLoS One, 9(4), 1-11.
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2014 Collier, C., & Waycott, M. (2014). Temperature extremes reduce seagrass growth and induce mortality. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 83(2), 483-490.
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2013 Chong, C., Edwards, W., Pearson, R., & Waycott, M. (2013). Sprouting and genetic structure vary with flood disturbance in the tropical riverine paperbark tree, Melaleuca leucadendra (Myrtaceae). American Journal of Botany, 100(11), 2250-2260.
DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC1
2013 Peterson, B., Bricker, E., Brisbin, S., Furman, B., Stubler, A., Carroll, J., . . . Waycott, M. (2013). Genetic diversity and gene flow in Zostera marina populations surrounding Long Island, New York, USA: no evidence of inbreeding, genetic degradation or population isolation. Aquatic Botany, 110, 61-66.
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2013 Reynolds, L., Waycott, M., & McGlathery, K. (2013). Restoration recovers population structure and landscape genetic connectivity in a dispersal-limited ecosystem. Journal of Ecology, 101(5), 1288-1297.
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2013 Bell, J., Ganachaud, A., Gehrke, P., Griffiths, S., Hobday, A., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., . . . Waycott, M. (2013). Mixed responses of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 3(6), 591-599.
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2012 Collier, C., Waycott, M., & McKenzie, L. (2012). Light thresholds derived from seagrass loss in the coastal zone of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Ecological Indicators, 23, 211-219.
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2012 Reynolds, L., Waycott, M., McGlathery, K., Orth, R., & Zieman, J. (2012). Eelgrass restoration by seed maintains genetic diversity: case study from a coastal bay system. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 448, 223-233.
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2012 Collier, C., Waycott, M., & Ospina, A. (2012). Responses of four Indo-West Pacific seagrass species to shading. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65(4-9), 342-354.
DOI Scopus44 WoS40 Europe PMC14
2012 Reynolds, L., McGlathery, K., & Waycott, M. (2012). Genetic diversity enhances restoration success by augmenting ecosystem services. PLoS One, 7(6), 1-7.
DOI Scopus44 WoS41 Europe PMC22
2012 Kendrick, G., Waycott, M., Carruthers, T., Cambridge, M., Hovey, R., Krauss, S., . . . Verduin, J. (2012). The central role of dispersal in the maintenance and persistence of seagrass populations. Bioscience, 62(1), 56-65.
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2011 Waycott, M., Jones, B. L., Van Dijk, J. K., Robson, H. L., & Calladine, A. (2011). Microsatellite markers in the Australian desert plant, Solanum centrale (Solanaceae). American Journal of Botany, 98(4), e81-e83.
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2011 Bricker, E., Waycott, M., Calladine, A., & Zieman, J. C. (2011). High connectivity across environmental gradients and implications for phenotypic plasticity in a marine plant. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 423, 57-67.
DOI Scopus14 WoS13
2011 Sparks, T., Butchart, S., Balmford, A., Bennun, L., Stanwell-Smith, D., Walpole, M., . . . Green, R. (2011). Linked indicator sets for addressing biodiversity loss. ORYX, 45(3), 411-419.
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2011 Short, F., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S., Carpenter, K., Bandeira, S., Bujang, J., . . . Zieman, J. (2011). Extinction risk assessment of the world's seagrass species. Biological Conservation, 144(7), 1961-1971.
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2011 Collier, C., Uthicke, S., & Waycott, M. (2011). Thermal tolerance of two seagrass species at contrasting light levels: implications for future distribution in the Great Barrier Reef. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(6), 2200-2210.
DOI Scopus44 WoS40
2010 Jones, B., Waycott, M., Robson, H., Calladine, A., & Page, T. (2010). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Santalum lanceolatum and Santalum leptocladum (Santalaceae). American Journal of Botany, 97(10), E97-E98.
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2009 'Waycott, M., Duarte, C., Carruthers, T., Orth, R., Dennison, W., Olyarnik, S., . . . Williams, S. (2009). Accelerating loss of seagrasses across the globe threatens coastal ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(30), 12377-12381.
DOI Scopus1174 WoS1079 Europe PMC256
2009 Boyle, M., FitzSimmons, N., Limpus, C., Kelez, S., Velez-Zuazo, X., & Waycott, M. (2009). Evidence for transoceanic migrations by loggerhead sea turtles in the southern Pacific Ocean. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1664), 1993-1999.
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2009 Hughes, A., Williams, S., Duarte, C., Heck Jr., K., & Waycott, M. (2009). Associations of concern: declining seagrasses and threatened dependent species. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7(5), 242-246.
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2009 Sinclair, E., Anthony, J., Coupland, G., Waycott, M., Barrett, M., Barrett, R., . . . Kendrick, G. (2009). Characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite markers in the widespread Australian seagrass, Posidonia Australis Hook. F. (Posidoniaceae), with cross-amplification in the sympatric P. Sinuosa. Conservation Genetics Resources, 1(1), 273-276.
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2009 McMahon, K. M., & Waycott, M. (2009). New record for Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld in Kenya based on morphological and molecular evidence. Aquatic Botany, 91(4), 318-320.
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2008 Lukoschek, V., Waycott, M., & Keogh, S. (2008). Relative information content of polymorphic microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA for inferring dispersal and population genetic structure in the olive sea snake, Aipysurus laevis. Molecular Ecology, 17(13), 3062-3077.
DOI Scopus36 WoS37 Europe PMC20
2007 Lukoschek, V., Waycott, M., & Marsh, H. (2007). Phylogeography of the olive sea snake, Aipysurus laevis (Hydrophiinae) indicates Pleistocene range expansion around northern Australia but low contemporary gene flow. Molecular Ecology, 16(16), 3406-3422.
DOI Scopus40 Europe PMC22
2007 Short, F., Carruthers, T., Dennison, W., & Waycott, M. (2007). Global seagrass distribution and diversity: a bioregional model. Journal of Experimental Biology, 350(1-2), 3-20.
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2007 Fox, S., Waycott, M., & Dunshea, G. (2007). Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the vulnerable spectacled flying fox, Pteropus conspicillatus. Conservation Genetics, 8(4), 1013-1016.
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2007 Chong, C., Edwards, W., & Waycott, M. (2007). Differences in resprouting ability are not related to seed size or seedling growth in four riparian woody species. Journal of Ecology, 95(4), 840-850.
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2007 Carruthers, T., Dennison, W., Kendrick, G., Waycott, M., Walker, D., & Cambridge, M. (2007). Seagrasses of south-west Australia: A conceptual synthesis of the world's most diverse and extensive seagrass meadows. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 350(1-2), 21-45.
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2007 van Dijk, J., Waycott, M., van Tussenbroek, B., & Ouborg, J. (2007). Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Caribbean seagrass Thalassia testudinum Banks ex König. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7(1), 89-91.
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2007 Rowley, J., Hemingway, V., Alford, R., Waycott, M., Skerratt, L., Campbell, R., & Webb, R. (2007). Experimental infection and repeat survey data indicate the amphibian chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis may not occur on freshwater crustaceans in northern Queensland, Australia. EcoHealth, 4(1), 31-36.
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2006 Orth, R., Carruthers, T., Dennison, W., Duarte, C., Fourqurean, J., Heck, K., . . . Williams, S. (2006). A global crisis for seagrass ecosystems. BioScience, 56(12), 987-996.
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2006 Blair, D., Waycott, M., Byrne, L., Dunshea, G., Smith-Keune, C., & Neil, K. (2006). Molecular discrimination of Perna (Mollusca: Bivalvia) species using the polymerase chain reaction and species-specific mitochondrial primers. Marine Biotechnology, 8(4), 380-385.
DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC3
2006 Williams, Y., Williams, S., Alford, R., Waycott, M., & Johnson, C. (2006). Niche breadth and geographical range: Ecological compensation for geographical rarity in rainforest frogs. Biology Letters, 2(4), 532-535.
DOI Scopus29 Europe PMC13
2005 Lukoschek, V., Waycott, M., & Dunshea, G. (2005). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the Australasian sea snake, Aipysurus laevis. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5(4), 879-881.
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2005 Shepherd, K., Macfarlane, T., & Waycott, M. (2005). Phylogenetic analysis of the Australian Salicornioideae (Chenopodiaceae) based on morphology and nuclear DNA. Australian Systematic Botany, 18(1), 89-115.
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2005 Bussell, J., Waycott, M., & Chappill, J. (2005). Arbitrarily amplified DNA markers as characters for phylogenetic inference. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 7(1), 3-26.
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2004 Shepherd, K., Waycott, M., & Calladine, A. (2004). Radiation of the Australian Salicornioideae (Chenopodiaceae) - Based on evidence from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. American Journal of Botany, 91(9), 1387-1397.
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2002 Waycott, M., Freshwater, D., York, R., Calladine, A., & Kenworthy, W. (2002). Evolutionary trends in the seagrass genus Halophila (Thouars): Insights from molecular phylogeny. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71(3), 1299-1308.
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2002 Bussell, J., Waycott, M., Chappill, J., & James, S. (2002). Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the evolution of complex hybridity in Isotoma petraea. Evolution, 56(6), 1296-1302.
DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC3
2002 Mellors, J., Marsh, H., Carruthers, T., & Waycott, M. (2002). Testing the sediment-trapping paradigm of seagrass: Do seagrasses influence nutrient status and sediment structure in tropical intertidal environments?. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71(3), 1215-1226.
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2002 Carruthers, T., Dennison, W., Longstaff, B., Waycott, M., Abal, E., McKenzie, L., & Lee Long, W. (2002). Seagrass habitats of northeast Australia: Models of key processes and controls. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71(3), 1153-1169.
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2001 Waycott, M., & Barnes, P. (2001). AFLP diversity within and between populations of the Caribbean seagrass Thalassia testudinum (Hydrocharitaceae). Marine Biology, 139(6), 1021-1028.
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2000 Waycott, M. (2000). Genetic factors in the conservation of seagrasses. Pacific Conservation Biology, 5(4), 273-276.
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2000 Campey, M., Waycott, M., & Kendrick, G. (2000). Re-evaluating species boundaries among members of the posidonia ostenfeldii species complex (posidoniaceae) morphological and genetic variation. Aquatic Botany, 66(1), 41-56.
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1999 Waycott, M., & Kenworthy, J. (1999). Introduction to Papers on Seagrass Conservation. Pacific Conservation Biology, 5(4), 250.
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1999 Waycott, M. (1999). Genetic factors in the conservation of seagrasses. Pacific Conservation Biology, 5(4), 269-276.
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1999 James, S., Keighery, G., Moorrees, A., & Waycott, M. (1999). Genomic coalescence in a population of Laxmannia sessiliflora (Angiospermae, Anthericaceae): An association of lethal polymorphism, self-pollination and chromosome number reduction. Heredity, 82(4), 364-372.
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1998 Procaccini, G., & Waycott, M. (1998). Microsatellite loci identified in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Journal of Heredity, 89(6), 562-568.
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1998 Waycott, M. (1998). Genetic variation, its assessment and implications to the conservation of seagrasses. Molecular Ecology, 7(7), 793-800.
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1997 Waycott, M., James, S., & Walker, D. (1997). Genetic variation within and between populations of Posidonia australis, a hydrophilous, clonal seagrass. Heredity, 79(4), 408-417.
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1997 Byrne, M., Waycott, M., Hobbs, A., & James, S. (1997). Variation in ribosomal DNA within and between populations of Isotoma petraea and Macrozamia riedlei. Heredity, 79(6), 578-583.
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1997 Les, D., Cleland, M., & Waycott, M. (1997). Phylogenetic Studies in Alismatidae, II: Evolution of Marine Angiosperms (Seagrasses) and Hydrophily. Systematic Botany, 22(3), 443.
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1997 Waycott, M., & Sampson, J. (1997). The Mating System of an Hydrophilous Angiosperm Posidonia australis (Posidoniaceae). American Journal of Botany, 84(5), 621.
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1996 Waycott, M., Walker, D., & James, S. (1996). Genetic uniformity in Amphibolis antarctica, a dioecious seagrass. Heredity, 76(6), 578-585.
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1996 Kennington, W., Waycott, M., & James, S. (1996). DNA fingerprinting supports notions of clonality in a rare mallee, Eucalyptus argutifolia. Molecular Ecology, 5(5), 693-696.
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1995 Waycott, M. (1995). Assessment of genetic variation and clonality in the seagrass Posidonia australis using RAPD and allozyme analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 116(1-3), 289-296.
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Books

Year Citation
2014 Waycott, M., McMahon, K., & Lavery, P. (2014). A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses. Csiro.
2011 Bell, J., Johnson, J., Ganachaud, A., Gehrke, P., Hobday, A., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., . . . Waycott, M. (2011). Vulnerability of tropical pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change: summary for pacific island countries and territories. Noumea, New Caledonia: Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
2010 van Tussenbroek, B. I., Santos, M. G. B., Wong, J. G. R., van Dijk, J. K., & Waycott, M. (2010). A guide to the tropical seagrasses of the Western Atlantic. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
2010 Tussenbroek, B. I. V., Barba Santos, M., Wong, J., van Dijk, J., & Waycott, M. (2010). Guía de los pastos marinos tropicales del Atlántico oeste. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
2004 Waycott, M., McMahon, K. M., Mellors, J. E., Calladine, A., & Kleine, D. (2004). A guide to tropical seagrasses of the Indo-West Pacific. Townsville: James Cook University.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2012 Fox, S., Waycott, M., Blair, D., & Luly, J. (2012). Regional genetic differentiation in the spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus Gould). In S. Haberle, & B. David (Eds.), Peopled Landscapes Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes (Vol. 34, pp. 459-472). Canberra: ANU E Press.
2012 Parr, L., Santos, F. R., Waycott, M., Vianna, J. A., McDonald, B., Caballero, S., & de Souza Lopes, M. J. (2012). Sirenian genetics and demography. In E. Hines, J. E. Reynolds, L. Aragones, A. Mignucci-Giannoni, & M. Marmontel (Eds.), Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries (pp. 168-178). USA: University Press of Florida.
2011 Waycott, M., McKenzie, L., Mellors, J., Ellison, J., Sheaves, M., Collier, C., . . . Payri, C. (2011). Vulnerability of mangroves, seagrasses and intertidal flats in the tropical Pacific to climate change. In J. Bell, J. Johnson, & A. Hobday (Eds.), Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change (pp. 297-352). SPC FAME Digital Library.
2007 Waycott, M., Collier, C., McMahon, K., Ralph, P., McKenzie, L., Udy, J., & Grech, A. (2007). Vulnerability of seagrasses in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change. In J. Johnson, & P. Marshall (Eds.), Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.
2007 Sheaves, M., Brodie, J., Brooke, B., Dale, P., Lovelock, C., Waycott, M., . . . Baker, R. (2007). Vulnerability of coastal and estuarine habitats in the GBR to climate change. In J. E. Johnson, & P. A. Marshall (Eds.), Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef: a vulnerability assessment. Townsville: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Australian Greenhouse Office.
2006 Waycott, M., Procaccini, G., Les, D., & Reusch, T. (2006). Seagrass evolution, ecology and conservation: A genetic perspective. In Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation (pp. 25-50).
DOI Scopus67
2001 Inglis, G. I., & Waycott, M. (2001). Methods for assessing seagrass seed ecology and population genetics. In F. T. Short, & R. Coles (Eds.), Global Seagrass Research Methods. Elsevier.
2000 Waycott, M. (2000). Mating systems and population genetics of marine angiosperms. In K. L. Wilson, & D. A. Morrison (Eds.), Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Biffin, E., Toelken, H. R., van Dijk, K., Kellermann, J., & Waycott, M. (2016). Hybridisation between native and invasive Carpobrotus N.E.Br. (Aizoaceae) in South Australia—molecular and morphological insights. In A. Calladine (Ed.), Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Supplement (pp. 29). Alice Springs.
2005 Waycott, M., Longstaff, B., & Mellors, J. (2005). Seagrass population dynamics and water quality in the Great Barrier Reef region: A review and future research directions. In Marine Pollution Bulletin Vol. 51 (pp. 343-350). England.
DOI Scopus64 Europe PMC15
2005 Mellors, J., Waycott, M., & Marsh, H. (2005). Variation in biogeochemical parameters across intertidal seagrass meadows in the central Great Barrier Reef region. In Marine Pollution Bulletin Vol. 51 (pp. 335-342). England.
DOI Scopus18 Europe PMC4

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2017 Lang, P. J., Kellermann, J., Bell, G. H., Brodie, C. J., Vonow, H. P., & Waycott, M. (2017). Lake Torrens Bush Blitz survey: Vascular plants, cyanobacteria, algae, bryophytes, lichens and macrofungi.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2017 Principal Supervisor Biographical and Phylogeographic relationships of south Australian Flora Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Francis Jason Nge
2017 Co-Supervisor Environmental Health in a Changing Environment: Emerging Drivers of Health Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Craig Anthony Liddicoat
2017 Principal Supervisor Blue Carbo Sequestration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nicole Rianne Foster
2016 Principal Supervisor Understanding the key factors required for the establishment and persistence of reintroduced plant popuationa Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rebecca Ann Dillon
2016 Co-Supervisor New insights into the evolutionary history of Nothofagus (Nothofagaceae) from molecular systematics and palynotaxonomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Yelarney Kim Beer
2014 Co-Supervisor Coevolution of Cephalotus and Badisis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nick Kalfas

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor New approaches to explore the past and present diversity of Australian sandalwood species -- from palaeobotany to next generation sequencing. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Patricia Fuentes-Cross

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Australian Systematic Botany CSIRO
2007 - ongoing Associate Editor Marine Ecology
2007 - ongoing Editor Swainsona Australia
2007 - ongoing Editor Flora of South Australia (5th edn) Australia
Position
HBS Womersley Chair in Systematic Botany
Phone
7229416
Fax
8222 9457
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Benham Laboratories, floor 1
Room Number
1 06
Org Unit
Genetics & Evolution

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