Professor Ladislav Mucina serves as the Iluka Chair at the Harry Butler Institute. In this capacity, he offers his wealth of knowledge on biodiversity, conservation, and restoration to our research and activities. Prof Mucina also supervises research students and engages with education and outreach at the Institute and for the wider Murdoch University community.

Prof Mucina’s international education and career spans Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe and has been highlighted by over 400 scientific publications and 28 books. This record includes three volumes covering the vegetation of Austria, a definitive map and book of the vegetation of South Africa, and the creation of a syntaxonomic system for the European continent. He also serves as Associate and Chief Editor of the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science as well as in high-level positions on several councils and committees.

His current research areas arise from this broad background in vegetation science and include:

  • Community ecology and evolutionary patterns and drivers of plant community assembly
  • The use of modern techniques, such as genomics, in understanding bio-geographic patterns now and through history
  • Ecological rehabilitation after mine closure
  • Taxonomy and molecular phylogeny of Asteraceae, Plumbaginaceae, Plantaginaceae (selected genera)
  • Identification of evolutionary hot-spots through spatial analysis

More information on Prof Ladislav Mucina is available through LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and Murdoch University. Those interested in studying and researching with Prof Mucina are encouraged to reach out to him through email ( or through the HBI contact page.

Recent Publications

Chytrý, M., Chiarucci, A., Pärtel, M., Pillar, V.D., Bakker, J.P., Mucina, L., Peet, R.K. & White, P.S. 2019. Progress in vegetation science: trends over the past three decades and new horizons. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12697

Jakoet, A., Mucina, L. & Magee, A.R. 2019. The pseudo-radiate buttons: A taxonomic revision of the Cotula turbinata group (Asteraceae; Anthemideae) and the description of two new species. South African Journal of Botany 121: 282–293. doi: 10.1016/j.sajb.2018.11.016 

Martinez-Azorin, M., Crespo, M.B., Alonso-Vargas, M.A., Dold, A.P., Crouch, N.R., Pfosser, M., Mucina, L., Pinter, M. & Wetchnig, W. 2019. New combinations in tribe Urgineeae (Asparagaceae subfam. Scilloideae) with comments on contrasting taxonomic treatments. Phytotaxa. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa00.0.0

Mucina, L. 2019. Biome: Evolution of a crucial ecological and biogeographical concept. New Phytologist 222: 97–114. doi: 10.1111/nph.15609

Ottaviani, G., Keppel, G., Marcantonio, M., Mucina, L. & Wardell-Johnson, G. 2019. Woody species in resource-rich microrefugia of granite outcrops display unique functional signatures.  doi: 10.1111/aec.12745

Tsakalos, J.L., Renton, M., Dobrowolski, M.P., Veneklaas, E.J., Macintyre, P.D., Jones, S. & Mucina, L. 2019. Composition and ecological drivers of the kwongan scrub and woodlands in the northern Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia. Austral Ecology.  doi: 10.1111/aec.12759

De Smedt, P., Ottaviani, G., Wardell-Johnson, G., Sýkora, K.V. & Mucina, L. 2018. Habitat heterogeneity promotes intraspecific trait variability of shrub species in Australian granite inselbergs. Folia Geobotanica 53: 133–145. doi: 10.1007/s12224-018-9311-x

García, M.A., Nickrent, D.L. & Mucina, L. 2018. Thesium nautimontanum, a new species of Thesiaceae (Santalales) from South Africa. PhytoKeys 109: 41–51.

Hammer, T.A., Macintyre, P.D., Nge, F.J., Davis, R.W., Mucina, L. & Thiele, K.R. 2018. The noble and the exalted: a multidisciplinary approach toresolving a taxonomic controversy within Ptilotus(Amaranthaceae). Australian Systematic Botany31: 262–280. doi: 10.1071/SB17062

Keppel, G., Ottaviani, G., Harrison, S., Wardell-Johnson, G.W., Marcantonio, M. & Mucina, L. 2018. Towards an eco-evolutionary understanding of endemism hotspots and refugia.  Annals of Botanydoi: 10.1093/aob/mcy173

Lengyel, A., Landucci, F., Mucina, L., Tsakalos, J. & Botta-Dukát, Z. 2018. Joint optimization of cluster number and abundance transformation for obtaining effective vegetation classifications. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 336–347. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12604

Lötter, M.C., Mucina, L., Tichý, L., Siebert, S. & Scott-Shaw, C.R. 2018. Classification of the Eastern Scarp Forests. In: Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 125–226. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-36

Lysenko, T.M. & Mucina, L. 2018. Sovremennaya klassifikatsiya Sistema galofitnoi rastitel’nosti Evropy. [Current classification system for the halophytic vegetation of Europe.] In: Budantsev, A.L. (ed.), Botanika v soremennom mire. Tom. II. [Botany of the current world. Volume II.]. pp. 93–96. Russkoe botanicheskoe soobshchestvo, Makhachkala. ISBN 978-5-00128-022-4

Macintyre, P., Van Niekerk, A., Dobrowolski, M., Tsakalos, J. & Mucina, L. 2018. Impact of ecological redundancy on the performance of machine learning classifiers in vegetation mapping. Ecology & Evolution 8: 6728–6737. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4176

Matevski, V., Čarni, A., Ćušterevska, R., Kostadinovski, M. & Mucina, L. 2018. Syntaxonomy and biogeography of dry grasslands on calcareous substrates in the Central and Southern Balkans. Applied Vegetation Science 21: 488–513. doi: 10.1111/avsc.12374

Mucina, L. 2018. Preface. Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. vii-x. Springer, Dordrecht.

Mucina, L. (ed.), 2018. Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. Springer, Dordrecht. ISBN: 978-3-319-67830-6

Mucina, L. 2018. Classifying subtropical forests of South Africa: Rationale and objectives. Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Sutbropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 1–6. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_1

Mucina, L., Tichý, L. & Van Niekerk, A. 2018. Classifying subtropical forests of South Africa: Data sources and methods. In: Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 7–45. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_2

Mucina, L. & Tichý, L. 2018. Forest classification: Data-analytical experiments on vertical forest layering and flattened data. In: Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 47–57. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_3

Mucina, L., Dold, A.P., Tichý, L. & Van Niekerk, A. 2018. Classification of the Albany Coastal Forests. In: Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 59–90. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_4

Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 91-124. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_5

Mucina, L. 2018. Lessons for a forest vegetation survey. In: Mucina, L. (ed.), Vegetation Survey and Classification of Subtropical Forests of Southern Africa. pp. 227–236. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67831-3_7

Mucina, L. 2018. Vegetation of Brazilian campos rupestres on siliceous substrates and their global analogues. Flora 238: 11–23. doi: 10.1016/j.flora.2017.06.007

Mucina, L., Feoli, E. & Podani, J. 2018. David W. Goodall (1914–2018): An ecologist of the century. Community Ecology 19: 93–101. doi: 10.1556/168.2018.19.1.10

Ottaviani, G., Tsakalos, J., Keppel, G., Mucina, L. 2018. Quantifying ecological constraints on traits expression in plant communities using novel parameters of trait-gradient analysis. Ecology & Evolution 8: 435–440. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3541

Takawira-Nyenya, R., Mucina, L., Cardinal-McTeague, W.M. & Thiele, K.R 2018. Sansevieria (Asparagaceae, Nolinoideae) is a herbaceous clade within Dracaena: Inference from non-coding plastid and nuclear DNA sequence data. Phytotaxa 376(2): 254–276. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.376.6.2

Tsakalos, J.L., Renton, M., Dobrowolski, M.P., Feoli, E., Macintyre, P.D., Veneklaas, E. & Mucina, L. 2018. Community patterns and environmental drivers in hyper-diverse kwongan scrub vegetation of Western Australia. Applied Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/avsc.12399

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