Liz Kennedy


Full Name: Liz Kennedy

Position: Paleobotanist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4838


1991: BSc, Geology; 1994: MSc (1st class honours), Geology; 1998: PhD, Paleoclimatology & Paleobotany

Areas of expertise

Geology: Field studies
Geology: Paleoclimatology
Geology: Paleoenvironmental Studies
Geology: Paleontology
Geology: Quaternary research
Geology: Sedimentology
Paleontology: Biodiversity
Paleontology: Palynology
Paleontology: Stratigraphy
Paleontology: paleobotany

Professional activities

Geological Society of New Zealand: Member
International Organization of Palaeobotany: Member
American Geophysical Union: Member

Major publications

Reichgelt, T.; Kennedy, E.M.; Conran, J.G.; Lee, W.G.; Lee, D.E. 2019 The presence of moisture deficits in Miocene New Zealand. Global and Planetary Change, 172: 268-277; doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.10.013

Conran, J.G.; Kennedy, E.M.; Bannister, J.M. 2018 Early Eocene Ripogonaceae leaf macrofossils from New Zealand. Australian systematic botany, 31(1): 8-15; doi: 10.1071/SB17016

Kaulfuss, U.; Lee, D.E.; Wartho, J.-A.; Bowie, E.; Lindqvist, J.K.; Conran, J.G.; Bannister, J.M.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Kennedy, E.M.; Gorman, A.R. 2018 Geology and palaeontology of the Hindon Maar Complex: a Miocene terrestrial fossil Lagerstätte in southern New Zealand. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 500: 52-68; doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.022

Mildenhall, D.C.; Conran, J.G.; Kennedy, E.M.; Lee, D.E.; Bannister, J.M.; Lindqvist, J.K.; Ferguson, D.K. 2018 Palynology of the late Oligocene–early Miocene Newvale Mine, Gore Lignite Measures, Southland, New Zealand. Palaeontographica. Abteilung B, Palaeophytologie, Palaeobotany, Palaeophytology, 298(1-3): 23-91; doi: 10.1127/palb/2018/0060

Naafs, B.D.A.; Rohrssen, M.; Inglis, G.N.; Lähteenoja, O.; Feakins, S.J.; Collinson, M.E.; Kennedy, E.M.; Singh, P.K.; Singh, M.P.; Lunt, D.J.; Pancost, R.D. 2018 High temperatures in the terrestrial mid-latitudes during the early Palaeogene. Nature geoscience, 11: 766-771; doi: 10.1038/s41561-018-0199-0

Schmidt, A.R.; Kaulfuss, U.; Bannister, J.M.; Baranov, V.; Beimforde, C.; Bleile, N.; Borkent, A.; Busch, A.; Conran, J.G.; Engel, M.S.; Harvey, M.; Kennedy, E.M.; Kerr, P.H.; Keltunen, E.; Kiecksee, A.P.; Lengeling, F.; Lindqvist, J.K.; Maraun, M.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Perrichot, V.; Rikkinen, J.; Sadowski, E.-M.; Seyfullah, L.J.; Stebner, F.; Szwedo, J.; Ulbrich, P.; Lee, D.E. 2018 Amber inclusions from New Zealand. Gondwana Research, 56: 135-146; doi: 10.1016/

Conran, J.G.; Jackson, J.A.; Lee, D.E.; Kennedy, E.M. 2017 Gleichenia-like Korallipteris alineae sp. nov. macrofossils (Polypodiophyta) from the Miocene Landslip Hill silcrete, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 55(3): 258-275; doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2017.1317278

Prebble, J.G.; Reichgelt, T.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Greenwood, D.R.; Raine, J.I.; Kennedy, E.M.; Seebeck, H. 2017 Terrestrial climate evolution in the Southwest Pacific over the past 30 million years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 459: 136-144; doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.006

Reichgelt, T.; Lee, W.G.; Lusk, C.H.; Kennedy, E.M. 2017 Changes in leaf physiognomy of New Zealand woody assemblages in response to Neogene environmental cooling. Journal of biogeography, 44(5): 1160-1171; doi: 10.1111/jbi.12980

Reichgelt, T.; Kennedy, E.M.; Jones, W.A.; Jones, D.T.; Lee, D.E. 2016 Contrasting palaeoenvironments of the mid/late Miocene Dunedin Volcano, southern New Zealand : climate or topography? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 441(4): 696-703; doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.029

Conran, J.G.; Bannister, J.M.; Lee, D.E.; Carpenter, R.J.; Kennedy, E.M.; Reichgelt, T.; Fordyce, R.E. 2015 An update of monocot macrofossil data from New Zealand and Australia. Botanical journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3): 394-420; doi: 10.1111/boj.12284

Conran, J.G.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Raine, J.I.; Kennedy, E.M.; Lee, D.E. 2015 The monocot fossil pollen record of New Zealand and its implications for palaeoclimates and environments. Botanical journal of the Linnean Society, 178(3): 421-440; doi: 10.1111/boj.12283

Reichgelt, T.; Kennedy, E.M.; Conran, J.G.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Lee, D.E. 2015 The early Miocene paleolake Manuherikia : vegetation heterogeneity and warm-temperate to subtropical climate in southern New Zealand. Journal of paleolimnology, 53(4): 349-365; doi: 10.1007/s10933-015-9827-5

Yang, J.; Spicer, R.A.; Spicer, T.E.V.; Arens, N.C.; Jacques, F.M.B.; Su, T.; Kennedy, E.M.; Herman, A.B.; Steart, D.C.; Srivastava, G.; Mehrotra, R.C.; Valdes, P.J.; Mehrotra, N.C.; Zhou, Z-K.; Lai, J-S. 2015 Leaf form-climate relationships on the global stage : an ensemble of characters. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(10): 1113-1125; doi: 10.1111/geb.12334

Kennedy, E.M.; Arens, N.C.; Reichgelt, T.; Spicer, R.A.; Spicer, T.E.V.; Stranks, L.; Yang, J. 2014 Deriving temperature estimates from Southern Hemisphere leaves. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 412: 80-90; doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.07.015

Mildenhall, D.C.; Kennedy, E.M.; Lee, D.E.; Kaulfuss, U.; Bannister, J.M.; Fox, B.; Conran, J.G. 2014 Palynology of the early Miocene Foulden Maar, Otago, New Zealand : diversity following destruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 204: 27-42; doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.02.003

Mildenhall, D.C.; Kennedy, E.M.; Prebble, J.G.; Shepherd, C.L. 2014 A distinctive diporate pollen grain (Apocynaceae?) from the Late Oligocene – Early Miocene of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 57(2): 264-268; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2014.902855

Pancost, R.D.; Taylor, K.W.R.; Inglis, G.N.; Kennedy, E.M.; Handley, L.; Hollis, C.J.; Crouch, E.M.; Pross, J.; Huber, M.; Schouten, S.; Pearson, P.N.; Morgans, H.E.G.; Raine, J.I. 2013 Early Paleogene evolution of terrestrial climate in the SW Pacific, Southern New Zealand. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 14(12): 5413-5429; doi: 10.1002/2013GC004935

Reichgelt, T.; Kennedy, E.M.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Conran, J.G.; Greenwood, D.R.; Lee, D.E. 2013 Quantitative palaeoclimate estimates for Early Miocene southern New Zealand : evidence from Foulden Maar. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 378: 36-44; doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.03.019

Browne, G.H.; Kennedy, E.M.; Constable, R.M.; Raine, J.I.; Crouch, E.M.; Sykes, R. 2008 An outcrop-based study of the economically significant Late Cretaceous Rakopi Formation, northwest Nelson, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 51(4): 295-315

Kennedy, E.M.; Alloway, B.V.; Mildenhall, D.C.; Cochran, U.A.; Pillans, B. 2008 An integrated terrestrial paleoenvironmental record from the Mid-Pleistocene transition, eastern North Island, New Zealand. Quaternary International, 178(1): 146-166; doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2007.02.011

McDowall, R.M.; Kennedy, E.M.; Alloway, B.V. 2006 A fossil southern grayling, genus Prototroctes, from the Pleistocene of north-eastern New Zealand (Teleostei : Retropinnidae). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 36(1): 27-36

Spicer, R.A.; Herman, A.B.; Kennedy, E.M. 2005 The sensitivity of CLAMP to taphonomic loss of foliar physiognomic characters. Palaios, 20(5): 429-438

Spicer, R.A.; Herman, A.B.; Kennedy, E.M. 2004 Foliar physiognomic record of climatic conditions during dormancy : climate leaf analysis multivariate program (CLAMP) and the cold month mean temperature. Journal of geology, 112(6): 685-702

Kennedy, E.M. 2003 Late Cretaceous and Paleocene terrestrial climates of New Zealand : leaf fossil evidence from South Island assemblages. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 46(2): 295-306; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2003.9515010

Kennedy, E.M.; Lovis, J.D.; Daniel, I.L. 2003 Discovery of a Cretaceous angiosperm reproductive structure from New Zealand : short communication. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 46(4): 519-522

Kennedy, E.M.; Spicer, R.A.; Rees, P.M. 2002 Quantitative palaeoclimate estimates from Late Cretaceous and Paleocene leaf floras in the northwest of the South Island, New Zealand. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 184(3-4): 321-345

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