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Dr Mark Large

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 2039


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

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Linnean Society, London.


Mark spent three years at Oxford as a Royal Society Fellow and tutor before moving to Massey University as a lecturer in plant systematics. There he worked with Peter Lockhart on origins of the New Zealand biota and on problems of speciation. His interest in paleobotany resulted in his position with BBC Science as a botanical consultant for the Walking with Dinosaurs television series.

Mark's main research interest is in the biogeography of primitive plants especially ferns. He is author with John Braggins of a major text on tree ferns and an examination of the relationships between biology and plate techtonics.


Schmid, LMH., Large, MF., Gailbraith, M., & de Lange, PJ. (2021). Short Communication: Observation of western honeybee (Apis mellifera) foraging urediniospores from myrtle-rust infected maire tawake (Syzygium maire), Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland, New Zealand. Perspectives in Published ahead of print Biosecurity ISSN 2538-0125 (Vol. 6 (2021)).

Large, M F., Mabberley, D J., & Wood, E. (2020). Coprosma autumnalis (kanono; Rubiaceae) in New Zealand: nomenclature, iconography and phenology. Kew Bulletin (Vol. 75).

Hay, A.H., & Large, M.L. (2019). Mabberley: Supplement of the Gardens' Bulletin Singapore. Singapore, Singapore Botanic Gardens ISSN 0374-7859 (Vol. Volume 71 (Suppl 2) 1-538).

de Lange, P.J., Large, M.F., Shepherd, L., Rolfe, J.R., & Gardner, R.O. (2019). The endemic that never was - resolving the status of Coprosma solandri (Rubiaceae). Gardens' Bulletin Singapore (Vol. 71 (Suppl 2)).

Hay, A.H., & Large, M.L. (2019). Introduction (Mabberley: Supplement of the Garden's Bulletin Singapore). Singapore, Garden's Bulletin Singapore (Vol. 71 (Suppl 2)).

Large, M.F. (2019). Mabberley's scholarship. Singapore, Gardens' Bulletin Singapore (Vol. 71(Suppl. 2)).

Large, M.F. (2019). Introduction to Tree Ferns. Dawson J. & Lucas R, New Zealand, Nelson (Vol. Revised Edition).

Hay, A.H., & Large, M.F. (2019). The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore. (Volume 71 (2) 265-399 ed.). Singapore, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Gailbraith, M., & Large, M. (2017). Implications for selected indigenous fauna of Tiritiri Matangi of the establishment of Austropuccinia psidii (G. Winter) Beenken (myrtle rust) in northern New Zealand. Perspectives in Biosecurity (Vol. 2).

Large, M. F., Nessia, H. R., Cameron, E. K., & Blanchon, D. J. (2017). Changes in Stomatal Density over Time (1769-2015) in the New Zealand Endemic Tree Corynocarpus laevigatus J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. (Corynocarpaceae). Pacific Science (Vol. 71(3)).

Large, M. F., & Farrington, L. (2016). The Nephrolepis cv. Boston fern complex (including Nephrolepis exaltata [L.] Schott), Nephrolepidaceae, naturalised in New Zealand. Unitec ePress Perspectives in Biosecurity Research Series (Vol. 2(2016)).

Large, M. F. (2016). Introduced Nephrolepis in New Zealand. New Zealand, New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (Vol. Triledipea 149).

Large, M. F. (2016). NZ adventive Nephrolepis spp. Another ladder fern. New Zealand, New Zealand Botanical Society (Vol. 124: NZ Botanical Society Newsletter).

Large, M. F. (2014). Alien World. Nerdnite Research Public Lecture Series, University of Auckland, Auckland.

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).

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 (2)).

Killick, S.A., Blanchon, D.J., and Large, M.F. (2014). A Study of epiphytic water (phytotelmic) community of the native Collospermum hastatum (Colenso) Skottsb. (Monocotyledonae) in New Zealand. .

Large, M. F. (2014). Alien World. Presentation to the Auckland Botanical Society July meeting.

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).

Large, M. F. (2011). A report on stomatal density comparing material from the Banks & Solander collection with modern samples from though out NZ. .

Large, M. F. (2011). Tree Ferns. New Zealand Native Trees, ISBN 9781877517013.

Blanchon, D. J., Ennis, I. L., Lewthwaite, J. R., Large, M. F., and Bussell, W. T. (2011). New method for the devitalization of imported horsetail (Equisetum hyemale). New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science (Vol. Online).

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.

Large, M. F. (2009). Walking with info-tainment. BioEd Conference, Christchurch, 14 February 2009.

Large, M. (2006). The nature and origin of Mutiuguye. New Zealand Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Police.

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

Piggot-Irvine, E., Yielder, J., Thomson, R., Large, M., and Codling, A. (2006). The professoriate in the contemporary university. New Generation Universities Symposium.

Large, M. (2006). Identification of Erica lusitanica and E. arborea and discussion on sample origins. New Zealand Police.

Large, M. F. (2005). Straw or Scaly Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi (Hook. ex F. Muell.) Domin in New Zealand. Aliens (Vol. 12).

Large, M. F. (2005). Referee, New Zealand Journal of Botany.

Large, M. F. (2005). Biography for the New Zealand biota. Presented to the Friends of Tiritiri Matangi (guides) meeting, 11 April, Auckland.

Large, M. F. (2005). Tree ferns. Presented to the book launch of 'Tree Ferns', 5 October, Palmerston North.

Large, M. F., & Braggins, J. E. (2004). Tree ferns. Portland, USA: Timber Press.

Large, M. J., Perrie, L. R., Brownsey, P. J., & Lockhart, P. J. (2003). Evidence for an allopolyploid complex in New Zealand Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany, 41, 189-215.