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Biographical entry Briggs, Barbara Gillian (1934 - )

Born
22 November 1934
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Botanist and Phylogenetic systematist

Summary

Barbara Briggs joined the National Herbarium of New South Wales in November 1969 as a Botanist and later became a Research Scientist, Assistant Director (Herbarium) and then Senior Assistant Director (Scientific). She is a member of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, the Systematic Botany Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Her special interests include plant evolution and southern hemisphere biogeography. She has published key papers on the phylogeny and classification of the flowering plant families Restionaceae, Proteaceae, Myrtaceae and Scrophulariaceae.

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Events

1956
Education - Bachelor of Science Honours, First Class, University of Sydney
1961
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1962 - 1963
Career event - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
1967
Career event - Botanist Grade III, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1969 - 1997
Career event - Research Scientist, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1972
Career event - Deputy Chief Botanist, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1980
Career event - Senior Assistant Director (Scientific), National Herbarium of New South Wales
1994
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1997
Career event - Honorary Research Associate, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (and National Herbarium of New South Wales), Sydney
2005
Award - Nancy Burbidge Medal, Australian Systematic Botany Society

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  • Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S., 'A guide to a new classification of Restionaceae and allied families.', in Meney, K.A. & Pate, J.S (ed.), Australian Rushes: Biology, Identification and Conservation of Restionaceae and allied families., University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, W.A., 1999, pp. 25-56. Details
  • Johnson, L.A.S; Briggs, B.G., 'Three old southern families: Myrtaceae, Proteaceae and Restionaceae', in Keast, Allen (ed.), Ecological biogeography on Australia, vol. 1, vol. 1, W. Junk, The Hague, 1981, pp. 427-469. Details
  • Linder, H.P., Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S, 'Restionaceae', in K. Kubitzki (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Vol. 4: Flowering Plants., vol. 4, Springer, Berlin, 1998, pp. 425-445. Details
  • Linder, H.P., Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S, 'Ecdeiocoleaceae', in K. Kubitzki (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Vol. 4: Flowering Plants., vol. 4, Springer, Berlin, 1998, pp. 195-197. Details
  • Linder, H.P., Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S, 'Anarthriaceae', in K. Kubitzki (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Vol. 4: Flowering Plants., vol. 4, Springer, Berlin, 1998, pp. 19-21. Details

Conference Papers

  • Briggs, B.G., Marchant, A.D., Gilmore, S. and Porter, C.L, 'A molecular phylogeny of Restionaceae and allies.', in Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. [Proceedings of papers presented at the Second International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons, Monocots II, 1998], CSIRO, Melbourne, 2000. Details

Journal Articles

  • Briggs, B.G., 'One hundred years of plant taxonomy, 1889-1989.', Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 78, 1991, pp. 19-32. Details
  • Briggs, Barbara, 'The National Herbarium of New South Wales: One Hundred Years', Telopea, vol. 9, no. 2, 2001, pp. 223-226. Details
  • Briggs, Barbara G., 'Lawrence Alexander Sidney Johnson 1926-1997', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 4, 2001, pp. 475-494. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR0011340475.htm. Details
  • Briggs, Barbara Gillian; Johnson, Lawrie Alexander Sidney, 'Evolution in the Myrtaceae - evidence from inflorescence structure', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 102, no. 4, 1979, pp. 157-256. Details
  • Johnson, L.A.S. & Briggs, B.G., 'Myrtales and Myrtaceae - a phylogenetic analysis.', Annal of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 71, 1984, pp. 700-756. Details

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