Todd McLay

Todd McLay

Postdoctoral Fellow

Todd McLay is a Postdoctoral Fellow (Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellow) with a background in genomics, phylogenomics and taxonomy. His interests include the use of next-generation sequencing methods to explore the systematics, biogeography, and taxonomy of the Australian and New Zealand flora.

Todd's work at RBGV includes an ABRS-funded project on the taxonomy and phylogeny of Australian Hibisceae (Malvaceae), and a Eucalypt Australia funded project on the phylogeny and phylogeography of northern eucalypts including Corymbia and Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae). He also works on a broad range of other plant groups, including Xanthorrhoea (Asphodelaceae) grass trees, orchids, Monotoca (Ericaceae) and native citrus (Rutaceae). Todd has ongoing collaborations with the University of Melbourne, Massey University (New Zealand), and the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CSIRO, Canberra).

  • Refereed journal articles

McLay, T.G.B. & Dillon, S.J (2019). The Golden-goo Hibiscus (Hibiscus chrysinocolla, Malvaceae), a new species from Katjarra, Western Australia. Nuytsia, 31, 41–45.

 McLay, T.G.B., Holmes,G.D., Forster, P.I., Hoebee S.E. & Fernando, D.R. (2018). Phylogeny, biogeography and foliar manganese accumulation of Gossia (Myrtaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 31, 374–388.

Schuster, T.M., Setaro, S.D., Tibbits, J.F.G., Batty, E.L., Fowler, R.M., McLay, T.G.B., Wilcox, S., Ades, P.K. & Bayly, M.J. (2018). Chloroplast variation is incongruent with classification of the Australian bloodwood eucalypts (genus Corymbia, family Myrtaceae). PLOS ONE 13(4): e0195034.

McLay, T.G.B., & Bayly, M.J. (2016). A new family placement for Australian blue squill, Chamaescilla: Xanthorrhoeaceae (Hemerocallidoideae) not Asparagaceae. Phytotaxa, 275 (2).

McLay, T.G.B., Bayly, M.J. & Ladiges, P.Y. (2016). Is south-western Western Australia a centre of origin for eastern Australian taxa or is the centre an artefact of a method of analysis? A comment on Hakea and its supposed divergence over the past 12 million years. Australian Systematic Botany 29, 87–94.

McLay, T.G.B., Tate, J.A. & Symonds, V.V. (2011). Microsatellite markers for the endangered root holoparasite Dactylanthus taylorii (Balanophoraceae) from 454 pyrosequencing. AJB Primer Notes and Protocols in the Plant Sciences, e323–e325.

Shepherd, L. & McLay, T.G.B. (2011). Two micro-scale protocols for the isolation of DNA from polysaccharide-rich plant tissue. Journal of Plant Research, 124, 311–314.