Carlos Lehnebach

Doctor of Philosophy, (Plant Biology)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Phylogenetic affinities, species delimitation and adaptive radiation of New Zealand Ranunculus

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Mr Lehnebach explored the phylogenetic affinities of native New Zealand buttercups and the morphological and genetic diversity of buttercups found in the New Zealand Alps. Findings from his study suggest New Zealand buttercups do not form a monophyletic group and their affinities are with species from other land masses such as Australia, the Northern Hemisphere and southern South America. Mr Lehnebach''sresearch has provided support for the reinstatement of two alpine buttercup species. His investigations have also provided support for a framework for interpreting and understanding the nature of the extensive morphological variability observed in widespread alpine buttercups.

Professor Peter Lockhart
Professor P Garnock-Jones