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Biographical entry Steane, Dorothy A.

Dr (PhD)

Eucalypt geneticist and Plant evolutionary biologist


Dorothy Steane has worked as a research scientist at the University of Tasmania. Her research has a strong focus on the phylogeny, population genetics and evolution of eucalypts (family Myrtaceae), but she has also pursued molecular phylogenetic studies of other plant families including Lamiaceae, Ericaceae, Rutaceae and Orchidaceae. She has been a pioneer of new molecular markers for studying eucalypt evolution and in 2005 published the complete sequence of the chloroplast genome of the Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus, the first such genome published for any eucalypt. Dorothy Steane has published prolifically as author and co-author; only a selection of her articles are listed here.



Education - Bachelor of Science (Honours), First Class, University of Melbourne
Award - Rhodes Scholarship
1995 -
Career position - Senior Research Fellow, University of Tasmania
Education - PhD, Oxford University
Award - Irene Manton Prize, Linnean Society of London

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Journal Articles

  • Byrne M, Steane DA, Joseph L, Yeates DK, Jordan GJ, Crayn D et al., 'Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota.', Journal of Biogeography, 38 (2011), 1635-1656. Details
  • Jones, RC, Steane, DA, Potts, BM and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Microsatellite and morphological analysis of Eucalyptus globulus populations', Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 32 (2002), 59-66. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Jordan, GJ; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'Glacial refugia and reticulate evolution: the case of the Tasmanian eucalypts.', Transactions of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences, 359 (1442) (2004), 275-284. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Potts, BM; Steane, DA and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Population and phylogenetic analysis of the cinnamoyl coA reductase gene in Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae).', Australian Journal of Botany, 53 (8) (2005), 827-838. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Steane, DA; Potts, BM and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Incongruence between chloroplast and species phylogenies in eucalyptus subgenus monocalyptus (Myrtaceae)', American Journal of Botany, 86 (7) (1999), 1038-1046. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'The rare silver gum, Eucalyptus cordata, is leaving its trace in the organellar gene pool of Eucalyptus globulus', Molecular Ecology, 13 (12) (2004), 3751-3762. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'An AFLP marker approach to lower-level systematics in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).', American Journal of Botany, 95 (3) (2008), 368-380. Details
  • Steane, DA, 'Complete Nucleotide Sequence of the Chloroplast Genome from the Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus', DNA Research, 12 (2005), 215-220. Details
  • Steane, DA; Byrne, M; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'Chloroplast DNA Polymorphism Signals Complex Interspecific Interactions in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae)', Australian Systematic Botany, 11 (1998), 25-40. Details
  • Steane, DA; Conod, N; Jones, RC; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'A comparative analysis of population structure of a forest tree, Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae), using microsatellite markers and quantitative traits', Tree Genetics & Genomes, 2 (1998), 30-38. Details
  • Steane, DA; Nicolle, D and Potts, BM, 'Phylogenetic positioning of anomalous eucalypts by using ITS sequence data', Australian Systematic Botany, 20 (2007), 402-408. Details
  • Steane, DA; Nicolle, D; McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'Higher-level relationships among the eucalypts are resolved by ITS-sequence data', Australian Systematic Botany, 15 (2002), 49-62. Details
  • Steane, DA; Nicolle, D;,Sansaloni, CP; Petroli, CD; Carling, J; Kilian, A; Myburg, AA; Grattapaglia, D and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Population genetic analysis and phylogeny reconstruction in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) using high-throughput, genome-wide genotyping', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59 (2011), 206-224. Details
  • Steane, DA; Vaillancourt, RE; Russell, J; Powell, W; Marshall, D and Potts, BM, 'Development and characterisation of microsatellite loci in Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae)', Silvae Genetica, 50 (2001), 89-91. Details
  • Steane, DA; West, AK; Potts, BM; Ovenden, JR and Reid, JB, 'Restriction fragment length polymorphisms in chloroplast DNA from six species of eucalyptus', Australian Journal of Botany, 39 (1991), 399-414. Details


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