Dr Lize Joubert
Position
Lecturer
Department
Plant Sciences
Address
P 48C
Plant Sciences
IB 62
Telephone
051 4012655
Office
54
Information

Short CV

I am passionate about biodiversity and conservation and throughout my postgraduate studies this interest has expanded to the evolutionary history of Africa’s rich floral diversity and how knowledge of this evolutionary history can be applied in developing conservation strategies and sustainable agriculture. In my lab we employ a multidisciplinary approach to solving taxonomic problems and discovering evolutionary linkages between selected plant species in the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, Acanthaceae and Scrophulariaceae families. Basic taxonomic knowledge is combined with experimental techniques in pollination biology and floral evolutionary development in a number of collaborative projects with scientist from around the world to discover the relationship between plant adaptations for pollination and the diversity of flowering plants on earth. 

Publications

Publication in peer-reviewed journals:

Ollerton, J. et al. 2018. The diversity and evolution of pollination systems in large plant clades: Apocynaceae as a case study. Annals of Botany. Available online at www.academic.oup.com/aob

Joubert, L., Klak, C., Venter, A.M., Venter, H.J.T. and Bruyns, P.V. 2016. A widespread radiation in the Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae): The case of Cryptolepis. Taxon 65: 487–501.

Manning, J.C.; Goldblatt, P. and Joubert, L. 2013. A taxonomic revision of the small Cape genus Steirodiscus (Asteraceae – Senecioneae). Bothalia 43(1): 109–119.

Bester, S.P. and Joubert, L. 2011. Distribution of Cryptolepis delagoensis (Periplocoideae–Cryptolepideae), a subcontinental southern African endemic and selection of a neotype. Bothalia 41(1): 199–201.

Joubert, L. and Venter, H.J.T. 2009. The name Cryptolepis bifida L.Joubert & Venter, a later homonym of C. bifida (Blume) P.I.Forst., corrected. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 160, 355.

Joubert, L.; Venter, H.J.T. and Verhoeven, R.L.  2008. Cryptolepis bifida (Apocynaceae: Periplocoideae), a new species from Kenya and Tanzania, Africa. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 157, 343 –346.

 

Local conference proceedings

Posters:

De Gouveia, N.A.M., Jackson, M. and Joubert, L. 2016. Leaf micromorphology and cystoliths of Southern African Crabbea (Acanthaceae). Joint 42nd Annual conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) and the 12th Bi-annual conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. 10 - 13 January 2016. [Abstract peer reviewed and published in the South African Journal of Botany 103:313]

De Gouveia, N.A.M., Joubert, L. and Jackson, M. 2015. Sprawling Curio (Asteraceae): Three Species or One? Poster presented at the  41st Annual conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), University of Venda, South Africa.

De Jager, J.C.L.; Joubert, L.;  Venter, H.J.T. and Venter, A.M. 2015. The evolutionary pressure of glacial aridification and the use of pollen-ovule ratio as a predictive proxy of pollen transfer efficiency (PTE) in Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae). AFQUA, Cape Town, South Africa

Joubert, L. and Verhoeven, R.L. 2009. Leaf micromorphology and anatomy of Cryptolepis (Apocynaceae, Periplocoideae) in southern Africa.    Conference of the South African Association of Botanists, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

*Merit award for best poster in plant systematics presented at the conference.

 

Papers:

De Gouveia, N.A.M., Jackson, M. and Joubert, L. 2017. Systematics of Crabbea Harv. (Acanthaceae) in southern Africa. Paper presente dat the 43rd Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

De Jager, J.C.L., Johnson, S.D. and Joubert, L. 2016. Pollination and breeding system of Tacazzea apiculata (Periplocoideae: Apocynaceae). Joint 42nd Annual conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) and the 12th Bi-annual conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. 10 - 13 January 2016. [Abstract peer reviewed and published in the South African Journal of Botany 103:313]

De Jager, J.C.L.; Joubert, L.; Venter, H.J.T. and Venter, A.M. 2015.Variation in pollen-ovule ratio of southern African Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae): evolutionary implications. 41st Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), University of Venda, South Africa.

Jackson, M. and Joubert, L. 2015. A phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis of Curio P.V.Heath (Asteraceae). 41st Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), University of Venda, South Africa.

Joubert, L. and Venter, A.M. 2008. Taxonomic value of floral morphology in the genus Cryptolepis (Apocynaceae, Periplocoideae) in southern Africa. Joint Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) and Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB), University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 

International conference proceedings

Posters:

Joubert, L., De Jager, J.C.L. and Glover, B.J.  2017. Diversity, development and ecological importance of the corolline corona in Apocynaceae. Poster presented at the XIX International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China, 23–29 July 2017.

Ruiz-Hernández, V., Joubert, L., Rodríguez-Gómez, A., Weiss, J., Mühlemann, J.K., Hermans, B., Dudareva, N., Bielza, P., Glover, B.J. and Egea-Cortines, M. 2017. The effect of modified scent profiles on pest and pollinator choices. Poster presented at the New Phytologist Next Generation Scientists, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK, 24–26 July 2017.

Joubert, L., De Jager, J.C.L., Johnson, S.D. and Livshultz, T. 2016. Late-acting self-incompatibility in two species of Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae). Second UK Plant Evolution Meeting, 15-16 September 2016, Cambridge, UK.

De Jager, L.; Joubert, L. and Livshultz, T. 2014. Pollen-ovule ratio as a measure of pollen transfer efficiency (PTE) in three species of Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae). XXth Congress of AETFAT, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

 

Papers:

Joubert, L., Venter, A.M., Venter, H.J.T., Bruyns, P.V., Klack, C. 2014. African centers of Cryptolepis species diversity: the result of refugia or species radiation? XXth Congress of AETFAT, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Jackson, M. and Joubert, L. 2014. The systematics of Garuleum. XXth Congress of AETFAT, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Joubert, L.; Klak, C.; Venter, A.M. and Bruyns, P.V. 2011. Biogeography and Phylogenetic Relationships in Cryptolepis R.Br. (Periplocoideae, Apocynaceae). International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

Research

  • Principal investigator: Pollination biology of Periplocoideae in South Africa

             Collaborators: Prof. S.D. Johnson (UKZN)

  • Principal investigator: Systematics of the Periplocoideae – including the taxonomy, morphology, micro morphology, anatomy, molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Cryptolepis.

             Collaborators: Prof. H.J.T. Venter, Dr. A.M. Venter, Prof. P.V. Bruyns, Dr. C. Klak

  • Principal investigator: Systematics of two South African endemic genera: Steirodiscus and Garuleum (Asteraceae) - including the taxonomy, morphology, micro morphology, anatomy, molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of the two endemic genera.

Collaborators: Dr. J. Manning, Dr. M. Jackson, Dr. G. Goodman-Cronn

  • Collaborator: Systematics of Curio (Asteraceae) – including molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, leaf and pollen micromorphology of this group of succulents.

Principal investigator: Dr. M. Jackson (UFS)

Collaborators: Dr. M. Cawood (UFS), Dr. M. Koekemoer (PRE)

  • Collaborator: Linked evolution of climate niche and floral function in Apocynaceae

Principal investigators: Dr. T. Livshultz (Drexel University) , Dr. S. Coptur, Dr. A. Liston, Dr. S. Straub

  • Collaborator: Systematics of Nemesia (Scrophulariaceae)

Principal investigators: Mr. Pieter Bester (SANBI)

 

Area(s) of Interest

My main research interest lies with the taxonomy, biogeography and pollination biology of the Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae) and I have undertaken field work for this research in many parts of South Africa. I am involved in several local and international collaborative projects dealing with the systematics and pollination biology of Periplocoideae. Lately I’ve also collaborated in a number of taxonomic revisions of small, endemic genera of the Asteraceae and Scrophulariaceae, most of which grow in the Western Cape and Northern Cape.

Area(s) of Expertise

Plant systematics

Morphology

Anatomy

Pollination biology  

Herbarium curation and data management.

 

Courses Presented

BLGY1643 – The interdependence of plants and life on earth – Theme 1

BTNY2616 – Plant adaptations: molecular biology, morphology and ecology of survival

BTNY3712 – Third year botany excursion

BTNY3714 – Evolution and taxonomy of higher plants  

BTNY6754 – Honous module in advanced plant taxonomy

BTNY6798 – Botany Honours research project

BTNY6796 – Botany Honours literature studies

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