Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Brisbane in 1960;
Schooling: St. Joseph's Convent, Bardon; St. Josephs College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane.
Tertiary education: University of Queensland, BSc, PhD.
His research involves studies of character evolution and biogeography in Australian plants, especially the Lilianae (petaloid monocotyledons), carnivorous plants (especially Byblidaceae, Cephalotaceae, Droseraceae and Lentibulariaceae), Laurels (Lauraceae) and Podocarpaceae (southern conifers), in response to changes in climate throughout their evolution.
His work involves the use of both classical and molecular approaches as well as fossils and involves families which, although of world-wide distribution, have both major centres of diversity in Australia and New Zealand, and endemic, primitive members mainly confined to the rainforests of E Australia and their fossil relatives in Australasia and elsewhere. The research explores the relationships of these often highly isolated ancient groups, and the ecological processes which led to their diversification with the spread of arid and nutrient-poor regions.
Senior lecturer at University of Adelaide since 2000.
A set of c.50 lichens collected in 1980 in NZ is lodged in BRIU.
Lichens and Liliaceae for the Flora of Australia and PhD project were collected in northern Australia in 1983 and Victoria in 1985.
Source: Extracted from online CV: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/john.conran?dsn=directory.file;field=data;id=13153;m=view (2021)
ABRS contributors survey, 1986
Portrait Photo: 1986, supplied by Conran to ABRS survvey.
Data from 43 specimens