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Biographical entry Brooker, Murray Ian Hill (1934 - 2016)

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    Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Lemon-scented Gum, 23 January 2013
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Born
2 June 1934
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
25 June 2016
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Botanist, Eucalyptologist and Evolution and Biogeography

Summary

Ian Brooker, a botanist specialising in eucalypts, worked with the CSIRO Division of Forest Research in Canberra and the Australian National Herbarium. Significantly, he published A new classification of the genus Eucalyptus L'Hér. (Myrtaceae) (2000), an entirely new classificatory system of the eucalypts. In this, he includes the subgenera Angophora and Corymbia, and five other subgenera, within a broadly-defined genus Eucalyptus.

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Ian Brooker described 44 taxa of eucalypts and collaborated widely, jointly describing a further 171 together with Steve Hopper, later Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Brooker produced the interactive website EUCLID (Eucalypts of Australia). He also wrote the Field Guide to Eucalypts, vols. 1-3. In 1979 Alan Gray named the eucalyptus 'Brooker's Gum' as Eucalyptus brookerana in his honour. The taxonomy list included here only shows a fraction of the eucalypts named by Brooker. In the publications list, a few of his many publications are cited.

Events

1972
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus pendens M.I.H.Brooker
1972
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus conglobata (R.Br. ex Benth.) Maiden ssp. Fraseri M.I.H.Brooker (= E. fraseri (Brooker) Brooker)
1972
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus loxophleba Benth. ssp. Gratiae M.I.H.Brooker
1972
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus acies M.I.H.Brooker
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus ligulata M.I.H.Brooker
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus insularis M.I.H.Brooker
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus exilis M.I.H.Brooker; he also collected the type
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus calcicola M.I.H.Brooker
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus brevistylis M.I.H.Brooker
1974
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus aquilina M.I.H.Brooker; he also collected the type
1977
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus cyanophylla M.I.H.Brooker; Bruce Copley collected the type
1979
Taxonomy event - Honoured with Eucalyptus brookerana A.M.Gray
2006 -
Award - Member of the Order of Australia

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • [various], Forest tree series (1970 - 1984), Forestry and Timber Bureau, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, 1970. Details
  • Boland, D.J, Brooker, M.I.H, Chippendale, G.M., Hall, N, Hyland, B.P.M., Johnston, R.D., Kleinig, D.A., McDonald, M.W. and Turner, J.D., Forest Trees of Australia, 4th edn, CSIRO, East Melbourne, 1984, 687 pp. Details
  • Boland, D.J., Brooker, M.I.H. and Turnbull, J.W.; with scanning electron microscopy by Kleinig, D.A., Eucalyptus seed, Division of Forest Research, CSIRO, Canberra, 1980, 191 pp. Details
  • Brooker, Ian and Kleinig, David, Field guide to eucalypts. v. 1. South-eastern Australia -- v. 2. South-western and southern Australia -- v. 3. Northern Australia. [3 volumes], Inkata Press, Melbourne, 1983. Details
  • Brooker, Ian and Kleinig, David, Eucalyptus : an illustrated guide to identification, 3rd edn, Reed, Port Melbourne, 2005, 230 pp. Details
  • Kleinig, David and Brooker, Ian, Blue-leaved ironbark : Eucalyptus fibrosa F. Muell. ssp. nubila (Maiden & Blakely) L. Johnson, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1977, 3 pp. Details
  • Turnbull, John, and Brooker, Ian, Cape York red gum : Eucalyptus brassiana S.T. Blake, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 3 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Boland, Doug and Brooker, Ian, 'Yellow gum : Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell.', in Forest tree series ; no. 187, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1975, p. 4. Details
  • Kleinig, David & Brooker, Ian, 'Jilliga ash : Eucalyptus stenostoma L. Johnson et D. Blaxell', in Forest tree series; no. 189, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1975, p. 3. Details
  • Kleinig, David & Brooker, Ian, 'Tumble-down ironbark : Eucalyptus panda S.T. Blake', in Forest tree series; vol. 197, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Melbourne, 1977, p. 3. Details
  • Kleinig, David & Brooker, Ian, 'Broad-leaved ironbark : Eucalyptus fibrosa F. Muell. ssp. Fibrosa', in Forest tree series; no.198, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Melbourne, 1977, p. 3. Details
  • Kleinig, David & Brooker, Ian, 'Beyer's ironbark : Eucalyptus beyeri R.T. Baker', in Forest tree series; no.215, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Melbourne, 1978, p. 3. Details
  • Kleinig, David and Brooker, Ian, 'Pokolbin mallee : Eucalyptus pumila R.T. Baker', in Forest tree series; no. 210, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Melbourne, 1978, p. 3. Details

Journal Articles

  • Brooker, M. I. H. and Lassak, E. V., 'The volatile leaf oils of Eucalyptus ovata Labill. and E. brookerana AM Gray (Myrtaceae).', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 29, no. 5, 1981, pp. 605 - 615. Details
  • Brooker, M.I.H. and Dunlop, C.R., 'Three new species of Eucalyptus and notes on E. tectifica F.Muell. in the Northern Territory.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 8, 1978, pp. 209-217. Details
  • Brooker, M.I.H. and Hopper, S.D., 'A taxonomic revision of Eucalyptus wandoo, E. redunca and allied species (Eucalyptus series Levispermae Maiden-Myrtaceae) in Western Australia.', Nuytsia, vol. 8, no. 1, 1991, pp. 1-189. Details
  • Brooker, M.I.H. and Hopper, S.D., 'New series, subseries, species and subspecies of Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) from Western Australia and from South Australia.', Nuytsia, vol. 9, no. 1, 1993, pp. 1-68. Details
  • Brooker, Murray Ian Hill, 'A new classification of the genus Eucalyptus L'Her. (Myrtaceae)', Australian Systematic Botany, vol. 13, no. 1, 2000, pp. 79-148. Details
  • Hopper, Stephen, 'Dr M. I. H. (Ian) Brooker AM 2nd June 1934 - 25th June 2016', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 168/9, 2016, pp. 54-62. Details
  • Humphries, C. J., Ladiges, P. Y., and Brooker, M. I. H., 'Cladistic relationships and biogeographic patterns in the peppermint group of Eucalyptus (informal subseries Amygdalininae, subgenus Monocalyptus) and the description of a new species, E. willisii.', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 31, no. 6, 1983, p. 565. Details
  • Humphries, C. J., Ladiges, P. Y., and Brooker, M. I. H., 'Cladistic and biogeographic analysis of western Australian species of Eucalyptus L'Herit., informal subgenus Monocalyptus Pryor & Johnson.', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 35, no. 3, 1987, p. 251. Details
  • Ladiges, P.Y., Gray, A.M. and Brooker, M.I.H., 'Pattern of geographic variation, based on seedling morphology, in Eucalyptus ovata Labill. and E. brookerana A.M. Gray [Provenances from Victoria, Tasmania and King Island] and comparisons with some other Eucalyptus species.', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 29, no. 5, 1981, pp. 593 - 603. Details
  • Nicolle, Dean, 'Ian Brooker - eucalypt icon', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 168/9, 2016, pp. 63-6. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'Eucalyptus L'Her.', FloraBase: the Western Australian Flora, Department of Environment and Conservation (WA), 1998, http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/21824. Details
  • 'List of eucalypts described by Murray Ian Brooker (Search: Family = Myrtaceae AND Author standard form = Brooker)', The International Plant Names Index (IPNI), with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; The Harvard University Herbaria; Australian National Herbarium, 2012, http://www.ipni.org/ipni/plantnamesearchpage.do. Details
  • Brooker, M.I.H., Slee, A.V., Connors, J.R. and Duffy, S.M., EUCLID - Eucalypts of Southern Australia [Online Sample], Second edn, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and Australian National Herbarium, 2002, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/Euclid/sample/html/index.htm. Details
  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

Digital resources

Title
Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Lemon-scented Gum, detail of bark
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson (1995), Lemon-scented Gum
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

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