Dr Dan Blanchon

Head of Environmental and Animal Sciences
Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 1039

Qualifications

BSc., MSc (Hons). Auck., PhD. Auck.

Professional memberships

Australian Systematic Botany Society
International Society for Fungal Conservation
Austalian Systematic Botany Society
Royal Society of New Zealand
Australasian Lichenological Society
Auckland Botanical Society
International Association of Lichenology
British Lichen Society

Profile

Dan completed an MSc in botany revising the lichen genus Ramalina for New Zealand at the University of Auckland, quickly followed by a PhD in botany at the same institution, studying the systematics, cytology and breeding systems of the New Zealand iris (Libertia) . He teaches into botany, biosecurity, ecology and biodiversity courses in the Bachelor of Applied Science.

Dan has a research background in lichen systematics and the morphology, anatomy and evolution of native plants. Current research projects focus on: studying the systematics and ecology of lichens and native plants in New Zealand; examining the ecology of invasive plants; and identifying new treatments for imported plant material identified as potential biosecurity hazards.

Publications

Aguilar, G. D., Blanchon, D. J., Foote, H., Pollonais, C. W., & Mosee, A. N. (2017). A performance based consensus approach for predicting spatial extent of the Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) in New Zealand under climate change. Ecological Informatics (Vol. 130).

Reynolds, C. L., Er, O. A. H., Winder, L., & Blanchon, D. J. (2017). Distribution and community composition of lichens on mature mangroves (Avicennia marina subsp. australasica (Walp.) J.Everett) in New Zealand. PLOS One (Vol. 12(6)).

Marshall, A. J., & Blanchon, D. J. (2017). Additional lichen records from New Zealand 50. Australasian Lichenology (Vol. 80).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3787

Elix, J. A., Knight, A., & Blanchon, D. J. (2017). New species and new records of buellioid lichens (Physciaceae, Ascomycota) from New Zealand and Tasmania. Australasian Lichenology (Vol. 80).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3786

Moncada, B., Ranft, H., de Lange, P. J., Blanchon, D. J., Knight, A., Lumbsch, H. T., & Lucking, R. (2016). The lichen family Lobariaceae in New Zealand: Assessing traditional species concepts using the ITS barcoding locus. 8th International Association of Lichenology Symposium, Helsinki, Finland.

Er, O. A. H., Reynolds, C. L., & Blanchon, D. J. (2015). Additional lichen records from New Zealand 49. Pertusaria puffina A.W.Archer & Elix. Australasian Lichenology (Vol. 77).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3448

Blanchon, D. J., de Lange, P. J., & Galloway, D. J. (2015). New records of Ramalina (Ramalinaceae, Ascomycota) for mainland New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 53).

Aguilar, G., Blanchon, D., Foote, H., Pollonais, C., & Mosee, A. (2015). Queensland Fruit Fly Invasion of New Zealand: Predicting Area Suitability Under Future Climate Change Scenarios. Perspectives in Biosecurity Research Series (Vol. 1).

Blanchon, D. J. (2015). Obituary: Dr David Galloway PhD, FLS, FRSNZ, DSc (1942-2014). Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 70 (1)).

Galbraith, M., & Blanchon, D. (2015). Biology is not alone: The interdisciplinary nature of biosecurity. Unitec ePress Perspectives in Biosecurity Research Series (Vol. 1).

Divakar, P. K., Crespo, A., Wedin, M., Leavitt, S. D., Hawksworth, D. L., Myllys, L., McCune, B., Randlane, T., Bjerke, J. W., Ohmura, Y., Schmitt, I., Boluda, C. G., Alors, D., Roca-Valiente, B., Del-Prado, R., Ruibal, C., Buaruang, K., Núñez-Zapata, J., Amo de Paz, G., Rico, V. J., Molina, M. C., Elix, J. A., Esslinger, T. L., Tronstad, I. K. K., Lindgren, H., Ertz, D., Gueidan, C., Saag, L., Mark, K., Singh, K., Dal Grande, F., Parnmen, S., Beck, A., Benatti, M. N., Blanchon, D. J., Candan, M., Clerc, P., Goward, T., Grube, M., Hodkinson, B. P., Hur, J. S., Kantvilas, G., Kirika, P.M., Lendemer, J., Mattsson, J. E., Messuti, M. I., Miadlikowska, J., Nelsen, M., Ohlson, J. I., Pérez-Ortega, S., Saag, A., Sipman, H. J. M., Sohrabi, M., Thell, A., Thor, G., Truong, C., Yahr, R., Upreti, D. K., Cubas, P., & Lumbsch, H. T. (2015). Evolution of complex symbiotic relationships in a morphologically derived family of lichen-forming fungi. New Phytologist (Vol. 208).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3753

de Lange, P. J., & Blanchon, D. J. (2015). Lichens of the Kermadec Islands II. Ramalina. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum, (in press) (Vol. 12).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3213

Blanchon, D. J., & Leddy, N. (2015). Lichens of a Significant Ecological Area (SEA) in Kohimarama. Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 70).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3449

Blanchon, D., Sparkes, J., Koschir, F., Marshall, A., and de Lange, P. (2014). Rare or just overlooked? Conservation of species we know nothing about. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Palmerston North, 16-21 November 2014.

Weerakoon, G., Aptroot, A., Ohmura, Y., Parnmen, S., Nelson, M., Blanchon, D., Lucking, R., and Lumbsch, H. T. (2014). Two hundred and seven new lichen records for Sri Lanka (excluding Graphidaceae), a signature of undocumented lichen diversity in South Asia. British Lichen Society Symposium, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Er, O., Reynolds, C., Blanchon, D., and Waipara, N. (2014). Investigation into the naturally occurring fungal associates of an invasive species: Selaginella kraussiana (African Club Moss). New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Palmerston North, 16-21 November 2014.

Sparkes, J. H., de Lange, P. J., and Blanchon, D. J. (2014). Notes on Caloplaca allanii Zahlbr. (Teloschistaceae) a poorly known West Auckland, North Island, New Zealand endemic. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. online).

Fraser, D., Blanchon, D. J., Adams, N., and Galbraith, M. (2014). The spread of the spur-winged plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. 26th International Ornithological Congress, 18-24 August 2014, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Reynolds, C., Er, O., Winder, L., and Blanchon, D. (2014). Distribution and community composition of lichens on mature mangroves (Avicennia marina subsp. australasica) in New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Palmerston North, 16-21 November 2014.

Killick, S. A., Blanchon, D. J., and Large, M. F. (2014). A study of the epiphytic water (phytotelmic) community of the native Collospermum hastatum (Colenso) Skottsb. (Monocotyledonae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Palmerston North, 16-21 November 2014.

Fraser, D., Galbraith, M., Adams, N., and Blanchon, D. (2014). Range expansion of the spur-winged plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. Notornis (Vol. 61).

Killick, S. A., Blanchon, D. J., and Large, M. F. (2014). The epiphytic water world of Collospermum hastatum (Colenso) Skottsb. Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 69).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3121

De Lange, P. J., and Blanchon, D. J. (2014). The hunt for Ramalodium dumosum (Pannariaceae, lichenised ascomycetes) - an enigmatic lichen endemic to the southern Waitakere Ranges. Trilepedia (Vol. 123).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3120

Hayward, G. C., Blanchon, D. J., and Lumbsch, H. T. (2014). Molecular data support Ramalina ovalis as a distinct lineage (Ramalinaceae, Ascomycota). The Lichenologist (Vol. 46 (4)).

Nessia, H. R., Dale, A. R., Perrott, J. K., Waipara, N.W., Aguilar, G.D., and Blanchon, D. J. (2014). Comparison of species richness and frequency cover of forest floor plants and lichens in sites invaded and uninvaded by the invasive club moss Selaginella kraussiana (Kunze) A. Braun. Plant Protection Quarterly (Vol. 29(2)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3119

Killick, S. A., Blanchon, D. J., and Large, M. F. (2014). Algal communities in phytotelmata: A comparison of native Collospermum and exotic bromeliads (Monocotyledonae) in New Zealand. Telopea (Vol. 17).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3118

Wilcox, M., Cameron, E., Braggins, J., Beever, J., Blanchon, D., Kooperberg, R., and Shirley, C. (2013). Flora of Dingle Dell Reserve, St Heliers. Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 68(2)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2634

McClymont, M., Waipara, N., Nessia, H., and Blanchon, D. J. (2013). First record of Phoma selaginellicola on Selaginella kraussiana (African clubmoss): an invasive plant species in New Zealand. Plant Pathology and Quarantine, Doi 10.5943/ppq/3/2/3 (Vol. 3(2)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2633

McClymont, M., Nessia, H., Waipara, N., and Blanchon, D. J. (2013). First report of Pestalotiopsis clavispora from Selaginella kraussiana (African club moss): an invasive plant species in New Zealand. Australasian Plant Disease Notes (Vol. Online).

Blanchon, D. J. (2013). Auckland lichens. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, ISSN 0013-4132 (Vol. 68(1)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2631

Fraser, D., Galbraith, M., Blanchon, D. J., and Adams, N. (2013). The spread of the spur-winged plover in New Zealand. NETS National Biosecurity Conference, Greymouth, July/August 2013.

Blanchon, D. J., Nessia, H., McClymont, M., Dale, A., Perrott, J., Aguilar, G., and Waipara, N. (2013). The good news and bad news about the African club moss (Selaginella kraussiana). NETS National Biosecurity Conference, Greymouth, July/August 2013.

Blanchon, D. J., Kooperberg, W. F., Er, O., Reynolds, C., and Kularatne, I. (2013). Lichens of the mangroves and shell banks near the Miranda Shorebird Centre, Firth of Thames. Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 68(1)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2636

Foote, H., and Blanchon, D. J. (2013). Inflorescence. Xsection (Vol. 3).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2635

Blanchon, D. J. (2013). Conservation status of New Zealand lichens. Fungal Conservation (Vol. 3).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2632

Blanchon, D. J. (2013). Conservation of the Unfashionable: Lichens and Bryophytes in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity Workshop Restoration in the Hauraki Gulf, 18th Feb, 2013 Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland.
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2848

Blanchon, D. J., Ennis, I. L., Lewthwaite, J. R., Large, M. F., and Bussell, W. T. (2012). New method for the devitalization of imported horsetail (Equisetum hyemale). New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science. (Vol. 40).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2281

de Lange, P. J., Galloway, D. J., Blanchon, D. J., Knight, A., Rolfe, J. R., Crowcroft, G. M., and Hitchmough, R. (2012). Conservation status of New Zealand lichens. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. iFirst).

Blanchon, D., de Lange, P., and Bannister, J. (2012). Confirmation of Ramalina microspora Kremp. (Ramalinaceae, Ascomycota) for the Kermadec Islands. Australasian Lichenology (Vol. 70).

Blanchon, D. J. (2012). Auckland Lichens. Auckland Botanical Society 75th Jubilee Symposium, 27 October. Auckland.

Blanchon, D. J., Elliott, C. E., Ennis, I. L., Hayward, G., Aguilar, G., and Galbraith, M. (2012). Winners and losers in ecological restoration: effects of non-indigenous herbivore removal on saxicolous lichens. 7th International Association for Lichenology Symposium. 9th January 2012, Bangkok, Thailand. 9th January.

Blanchon, D., Elliott, C., Ennis, I., Hayward, G., Galbraith, M., and Aguilar, G. (2011). A lichen species list for Motu Kaikoura, Fitzroy Harbour, Great Barrier Island. Auckland Botanical Society Journal (Vol. 66(2)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2284

Blanchon, D. J., Elliott, C., and Kooperberg, W. F. (2011). How do lichen floras respond to urbanisation: a case study. International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

Blanchon, D. J., Elliott, C. E. A., Ennis, I. L., Lewthwaite, J. R., Large, M. F., and Bussell, W. T. (2011). Biosecurity in the floriculture industry: The use of herbicide dipping as a devitalisation method for imported cut roses and horsetails. New Zealand Biosecurity Institute National Education and Training Seminar 2011, Takapuna, Auckland.

Blanchon, D., and de Lange, P. (2011). New records of Ramalina (Ramalinaceae, Ascomycota) from the Cook Islands, South Pacific Ocean. Australasian Lichenology (Vol. 69 (July)).

Pusateri, J., and Blanchon, D. (2011). Biosecurity and the art of cleaning insects: the fusion of art and science. Impact7 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Blanchon, D., Pusateri, J., Galbraith, M., and Thorpe, S. (2011). Sampling indigenous ground-living beetles in a stand of non-native tree privet (Ligustrum lucidum) in New Zealand raises new management questions. Ecological Management and Restoration (Vol. 12 (3)).

Galbraith, M., Blanchon, D., Fraser, D., and Jones, G. (2011). Biosecurity as an undergraduate degree pathway. NZ Biosecurity Institute National Education and Training Seminar, Takapuna, Auckland.

Blanchon, D., Elliott, C., and Kooperberg, R. (2010). The lichens of Smith's Bush. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, ISSN 0013-4132 (Vol. 65 (2)).

Blanchon, D., and Weaver, J. (2009). Libertia flaccidifolia (lridaceae), a new species from Mt Tamahunga, Northland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 47).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2288

Blanchon, D., and Braggins, J. (2009). Styloid crystals in the genus Libertia (lridaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 47).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2282

Blanchon, D. (2008). Why lichens are important to life on earth. New Zealand Livestock Block incorporating New Zealand Growing Today (Vol. December).

Blanchon, D. (2008). Should we like lichens? Growing Today (Vol. November).

Blanchon, D. (2008). Lichens of the Auckland region. Auckland Botanical Society Inc Evening Meeting.

McPartland, J., Blanchon, D., and Musty, R. (2008). Cannabimimetic effects modulated by cholinergic compounds. Addiction Biology (Vol. 13).

Blanchon, D., and Galbraith, M. (2008). Beauty in the eye of the beholder: Biodiversity, biosecurity and the importance of perception Essay in exhibition catalogue. 'Fallen' by J. T. Pusateri (Vol. Auckland).

Blanchon, D. (2008). Why lichens are important to life on Earth. New Zealand Lifestyle Block.

Blanchon, D., Ennis, I., Lockett, C., and Galbraith, M. (2008). The lichen diversity of Motu Kaikoura. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference.

Blanchon, D., Kooperberg, W., and Lockett, C. (2007). Lichens. Wilcox, M. Natural History of Rangitoto Island.

Blanchon, D., and Ennis, I. (2007). Chromosome numbers, pollen production, pollen viability and tissue culture of tuberous Begonias. Kauri Point Farm Park Ltd.

Galbraith, M., and Blanchon, D. (2007). A journal of biosecurity for New Zealand? A scoping report. the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute.

Haines, L., Ennis, I., Blanchon, D., and Triggs, C. (2007). Propagating the pale flowered kumarahou (Pomaderris hamiltonii) and Kumarahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) from seeds. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 45).

Blanchon, D. (2007). Our native iris. Sustainable Living Centre.

Blanchon, D. (2006). Biosecurity: Importation of horsetails- a case study. Auckland Science Teachers Association Biology Support Group.

Blanchon, D. (2006). Hybridization in Cymbidium. Tuckers Orchid Nurseries.

Large, M., Blanchon, D., and Angus, M. (2006). Devitalisation of imported horsetail (Equisetum hyemale). New Zealand Journal of Horticultural Sciences (Vol. 34).

Blanchon, D. (2006). Plant Diversity. Biology Aotearoa.

Blanchon, D. (2005). Flora of Australia Volume 56A. Lichens 4. In P. M. McCarthy & K. Mallett (Eds.), New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 43, pp. 597-598).

Blanchon, D. (2005). Flora of Australia Volume 58A. Lichens 3. In P. M. e. McCarthy (Ed.), New Zealand Journal of Botany (Vol. 43, pp. 597-598).

Blanchon, D. (2005). The uses and limitations of plant collections. Presented to the Waikato Student Society of Arboriculture Conference, 6-7 August, Hamilton.

Blanchon, D. (2005). Taxonomy: Taxonomy and the conservation of our native species. Presented to the Auckland Science Teacher Association Biology Support Group 'Biology in context' Conference, 24 November, Auckland.

Blanchon, D. (2005). A review of breeding with New Zealand native irises (Libertia) (Report to Naturally Native Nurseries New Zealand). Auckland: Unitec.

Blanchon, D. (2005). Plant diversity. In S. Parsons (Ed.), Biology Aotearoa: Unique flora, fauna and fungi (pp. 32-52). Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Blanchon, D. J., Lockett, C., & Kooperberg, W. K. (2004). Lichens of Murphy's Bush. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 59 (2), 100.

Blanchon, D. J., & Bannister, J. (2004). Ramalina Pollinaria (Westr.) Ach. in New Zealand. Australasian Lichenology, 55, 18-20.

Blanchon, D. J. (2004). Pollen and seed viability in Pitcairnia, Alcantarea and Vriesia species. (Report to Foundation for Research, Science and Technology: Grants for Private Sector Research and Development). Wellington, New Zealand.

Blanchon, D. J. (2004). Pollen and seed viability in export material of Pitcairnia 'Red Dragon' (Report to Foundation for Research, Science and Technology: Technology for Business Growth). Wellington, New Zealand.

Blanchon, D. J., & Bannister, J. M. (2003). The lichen genus Ramalina Ach. on the outlying islands of the New Zealand geographic area. The British Lichen Society, 35 (2), 137-146.

Blanchon, D. J., Murray, B. J., & Braggins, J. E. (2002). A taxonomic revision of Libertia (Iridaceae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 40, 437-456.

Blanchon, D. J., & Bannister, J. (2002). Ramalina meridonalis, a new species from New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. Australasian Lichenology, 51, 17-19.

Blanchon, D. (2002). New Zealand native irises (Libertia): New species, confusing names and breeding prospects. British Iris Society Yearbook, 101-103.

Blanchon, D. (2002). Native irises. Presented to the Bay of Plenty Iris Society, 20 October, Te Puke.

Bannister, J., & Blanchon, D. J. (2002). The typification and status of the name Ramalina banzarensis. Australasian Lichenology, 51, 14-16.

Blanchon, D. J., Murray, B. G., & Braggins, J. E. (2002). A taxonomic revision of Libertia Sprengel (Iridaceae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 40, (in press)

Blanchon, D. J. (2002). New Zealand native irises (Libertia); new species, confusing names and breeding prospects. British Iris Society Yearbook 2002.

Bannister, J. M. & Blanchon, D. J. (2002). The typification and status of the name Ramalina banzarensis Dodge. Australasian Lichenology, 51, 14-16.

Blanchon, D. J. & Bannister, J.M. (2002). Ramalina meridionalis, a new species from New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. Australasian Lichenology, 51, 17-19.

Blanchon, D. (2001). New Zealand Irises: New Species, Strange Names and Breeding Possibilities. Presented to the Auckland Iris Society, 25 March, Auckland.

Blanchon, D. J., Braggins, J. E., & Murray, B. G. (2000). Interspecific Hybridization With New Zealand Native Irises (Libertia): Future Breeding Prospects, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Iris (pp. 98-112). Nelson: New Zealand Iris Society, 2-6 November, Tauranga.

Blanchon, D. J., Murray, B. G., & Braggins, J. E. (2000). Chromosome Numbers in the Genus Libertia (Iridaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany, 38, 245-250.

Blanchon, D. J., & Simon, K. (2000). The Fertile Hybrid: Synergy Between Science and Design. Presented to the Lincoln University Landscape Architecture group, September, Canterbury.

Blanchon, D. J. (1999). The Genus Libertia (Sprengel) Systematics: Hybridization & Evolution. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland.

Blanchon, D. J. (1999). New Zealand Irises: Clarity Amonst the Confusion. Presented to the Auckland Botanical Society, 4 August, Auckland.