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Biographical entry Bayly, Michael James (1970 - )

Dr (PhD)

5 August 1970
Academic, Phylogenetic systematist and Plant evolutionary biologist


Michael Bayly is a plant systematist with research experience in species-level taxonomy, morphometrics, nomenclature, biogeography and molecular phylogenetics. His research has focused on classification, phylogeny and biogeography of Australasian plants, including eucalypts.



Education - Bachelor of Science (Honours), First Class, The University of Melbourne
1994 - 1997
Career position - Tutor/Senior Tutor, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne
Award - MacBain Research Scholarship in Biology, The University of Melbourne
1996 - 2005
Career position - Research Scientist in Plant Biosystematics, Museum of New Zealand
Education - PhD, The University of Melbourne
2003 - 2006
Career event - Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University of Wellington
2004 - 2005
Award - Scientist in Residence Award, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution
2005 - 2007
Career position - Research Fellow Level A, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne
Award - Finalist, 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards (reference and anthology), Finalist, 2007 New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Award (non fiction)
2007 - 2010
Career position - Research Fellow Level B, Plant Molecular Systematist, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne
2007 - 2010
Career event - Editorial Advisory Board of New Zealand Journal of Botany
2008 -
Career event - Editorial Advisory Board of Australian Systematic Botany
2008 - 2010
Career event - Honorary Treasurer, Australasian Systematic Botany Society
2009 - 2013
Career event - Editor-In-Chief: Australian Systematic Botany
2010 -
Career position - Lecturer (Level B) in Plant Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne
2012 -
Career event - Vice President, Australasian Systematic Botany Society

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Kellow, A., Bayly, M. and Ladiges, P. Y., Report on the Grimwade plant collection of Percival St John and botanical exploration of Mt Buffalo National Park (Victoria, Australia) (Carlton, Vic.: School of Botany, University of Melbourne, 2007), 52 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Ladiges, P.Y., Bayly, M.J. and Nelson, G.J., 'East-West Continental Vicariance in Eucalyptus: Subgenus: Eucalyptus' in Beyond Cladistics: the branching of a paradigm. Species and Systematics, D.M. Williams and S. Knapp, eds (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010). Details

Journal Articles

  • Bayly, M. J., Udovicic, F., Gibbs, A. K., Parra-O, C., and Ladiges, P. Y., 'Ribosomal DNA pseudogenes are widespread in the eucalypt group (Myrtaceae): implications for phylogenetic analysis.', Cladistics, 24 (2) (2008), 131-146. Details
  • Bayly, M.J. and Ladiges, P.Y., 'Divergent paralogues of ribosomal DNA in eucalypts (Myrtaceae).', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 44 (2007), 346-356. Details
  • Bayly, M.J., Rigault, P., Spokevicius, A., Ladiges, P.Y., Ades, P.K., Anderson, C., Bossinger, G., Merchant, A., Udovicic, F., Woodrow, I. and Tibbits, J., 'Chloroplast genome analysis of Australian eucalypts - Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Angophora, Allosyncarpia and Stockwellia (Myrtaceae).', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69 (2013), 704-716. Details
  • Burke, J.M., Ladiges, P.Y., Batty, E.L., Adams, P.B. and Bayly, M.J., 'Divergent lineages in two species of Dendrobium orchids (D. speciosum and D. tetragonum) correspond to major geographic breaks in eastern Australia.', Journal of Biogeography, 40 (2013), 2071-2081. Details
  • Ladiges, P., Parra-O C., Gibbs, A., Udovicic, F., Nelson, G., and Bayly, M., 'Historical biogeographical patterns in continental Australia: congruence among areas of endemism of two major clades of eucalypts.', Cladistics, 27 (1) (2011), 29-41. Details
  • Ladiges, P.Y., Bayly, M.J., and Nelson, G., 'Searching for ancestral areas and artifactual centres of origin in biogeography: with comment on east-west patterns across southern Australia.', Systematic Biology, 61 (2012), 703-708. Details
  • Parra-O, C., Bayly, M., Udovicic, F. and Ladiges, P., 'ETS sequences support the monophyly of the eucalypt genus Corymbia (Myrtaceae).', Taxon, 55 (3) (2006), 653-663. Details
  • Parra-O, C., Bayly, M.J. Drinnan, A., Udovicic, F. and Ladiges, P., 'Phylogeny, major clades and infrageneric classiļ¬cation of Corymbia (Myrtaceae), based on nuclear ribosomal DNA and morphology.', Australian Systematic Botany, 22 (2009), 384-399. Details
  • Sauquet, H., Ho, S.Y.W., Gandolfo, M.A., Jordan, G.J., Wilf, P., Cantrill D.J., Bayly, M.J., Bromham, L., Brown, G.K., Carpenter, R.J., Lee, D.M., Murphy, D.J., Sniderman J.M.K. and Udovicic F., 'Testing the impact of calibration on molecular divergence times using a fossil-rich group: the case of Nothofagus (Fagales).', Systematic Biology, 61 (2) (2012), 289-313. Details


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