Dr Peter de Lange

Associate Professor
Environmental and Animal Sciences

Professional memberships

Associate Editor: Perspectives in Biosecurity
Associate Editor: PhytoKeys
Associate Editor: New Zealand Journal of Botany
Auckland Botanical Society
Chair Indigenous New Zealand Lichen Threat Listing Panel
Chair Inidgenous New Zealand Hornwort and Liverwort Threat ListingPanel
Chair Inidgenous New Zealand Vascular Plant Threat Listing Panel
International Association of Bryologists
International Association of Plant Taxonomists
IUCN Red Listing Lichen Specialist Group (Panel Member)
Linnean Society (London)
Wellington Botanical Society
New Zealand Botanical Society
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network


Associate Professor (Botany, Ecology, Plant Conservation, Biosystematics). Research interests include plant biosystematics and biogeography (with a special interest in insular flora), plant conservation and management, threat classification systems, the cytogenetics and ecology of island endemic plants and ethnobotany. I also have an interest in Quaternary Earth Sciences. I have an M.Sc. (Hons) in Palaeoecology and Tephrochronostratigraphy from the University of Waikato, and a PhD in Plant Biosystematics from the University of Auckland. I am an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Natural Sciences, University of Sassari, Sardegna, Italy.

Prior to taking my current position I worked for the former DSIR Botany Division (1984-1985), Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in the Aquatic Plants Division (1989-1990) and Department of Conservation as a Research Scientist (1990-2017).

I have published over 170 papers in peer-reviewed literature, and 20 books - mostly on threatened plant conservation, management, biosystematics and island flora.


Chagné, D., Trimawithan, A., Bowatte, D., Hilario, E., Crowhurst, R., Smallfield, B., Boase, M., Lewis, D.H., de Lange, P., & Schwinn, K. (2017). Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers for New Zealand mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and transferability to kānuka (Kunzea spp.). New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science (Vol. 45).

Bulgarella, M., Biggs, P., de Lange, P.J., & Shepherd, L. (2017). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from Arthropodium cirratum (Asparagaceae). Applications of Plant Sciences (Vol. 5).

Shepherd, L.D., de Lange, P.J., Perrie, L.R., & Heenan, P.B. (2017). Chloroplast phylogeography of New Zealand Sophora trees (Fabaceae): extensive hybridization and widespread Last Glacial Maximum survival. Journal of Biogeography (Vol. 44).

Dale, E., de Lange, P., & Burns, B. (2017). Seed dispersal but not seed germination facilitated by seabirds: seed ecology of Cook's scurvy grass. New Zealand Journal of Ecology (Vol. 41).

Lowe, D.J., de Lange, P.J., & Clarkson, B.D. (2016). Guidebook for Rangitoto Island AQUA field trip, Auckland, 2016. Hamilton, New Zealand, Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) (Vol. 2nd).

de Lange, P.J., Liew, C.S., Rolfe, J.R., & Pelser, P.B. (2015). Senecio esperensis (Asteraceae: Senecioneae)-a new combination for the L'Esperance Rock groundsel, Kermadec Islands. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 53).

de Lange, P.J., Heenan, P.B., Houliston, G.J., Rolfe, J.R., & Mitchell, A.D. (2013). New Lepidium (Brassicaceae) from New Zealand. PhytoKeys (Vol. 24).