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Officers & Council of the
Systematics Association (2009)

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President
Professor R. Bateman
Jodrell Laboratory
Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 3DS
Ophrys Richard's research interests are integrating morphological (including palaeobotanical) and molecular data to study major transitions in land-plant evolution at all spatial scales. His favourite study groups are living orchids and fossil clubmosses and gymnosperms, and his pet evolutionary hypothesis is the potential for instant, radical shifts in phenotype (i.e. saltation). He is currently Vice-President of both the Linnean Society and the Botanical Society of the British Isles, President of the UK Hardy Orchid Society, and part-time Head of Policy at the Biosciences Federation. He also holds a Visiting Professorship at Reading University.
President Elect
Dr J. Brodie
Dept. of Botany
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
head-woman (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Secretary
[vacant] head-woman (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Meetings Secretary from 8 July 2009
Dr J. Cotton
School of Biological Sciences
Queen Mary College
University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
James Cotton James is a staff scientist, working on comparative and population genomics of parasites. These topics are central to making sense of the large amounts of data coming from genome sequencing projects, by placing this information in its evolutionary context. He has a background in phylogenetics and molecular evolution.
Grants & Awards Secretary
Dr. T.A. Richards
School of Biosciences
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
Exeter EX4 4QD
head-man (2K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Membership Secretary
Dr J.Bennett
St Pauls School
Lonsdale Road
London SW13 9JT
Jon Bennett Jon is currently a member of the biology department at St. Paul's School, London (www.stpaulsschool.org.uk). Before moving into teaching he worked as a post-doc on various research projects including a worldwide monograph of the large genus Solanum (www.nhm.ac.uk/solanaceaesource) at the Natural History Museum, London and an investigation of the evolution of photoreceptors in the parasitic plant family Orobanchaceae in the lab of Dr Sarah Mathews, Harvard University. His interest in the systematics of the Lamiales began during his PhD studies on the taxonomy of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) in Oxford; Jon still retains an interest in the taxonomy of Acanthaceae.
Treasurer
Dr P. Olson
Dept. of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
Pete Olson Peter's research interests are in the patterns and processes of animal diversity. His group focuses on the parasitic flatworms (Platyhelminthes), combining studies in phylogenetics, development and genomics to address the mechanistic and evolutionary basis of their form and complex life histories. For more information please visit www.olsonlab.com
Editor in Chief
Dr. A. Warren
Department of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
head-man (2K) Alan's research interests are the morphology, taxonomy and ecology of ciliated protozoa. He is currently focusing on marine ciliates in northern China, their diversity and use as bioindicators of water quality, and on the development of an interactive guide to the identification of sewage ciliates.

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Council members retiring in 2009

Dr P. Rudall
Jodrell Laboratory
Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 3DS
Paula Rudall Paula uses empirical data from comparative morphology (including ontogeny, anatomy, embryology and pollen morphology) in a phylogenetic and developmental-genetic context, in particular to address hypotheses on the evolution of plant form and systematics of monocotyledons.
Newsletter Editor
Dr M. Ruta
Dept. of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Rd
Bristol BS8 1RJ
Marcello Ruta Marcello's research interest cover primitive limbed vertebrates (tetrapods), especially Devonian to Permian groups, and Palaeozoic echinoderms (with emphasis on the chordate-like and problematic stylophorans). Major research themes include inter-relationships of major groups of Palaeozoic tetrapods, the assembly of characters along the stem-groups of amphibians and amniotes, the use of morphometrics to evaluate disparity, rates of character change, palaeobiogeography and the study of variance in selected morphofunctional systems (e.g. appendicular skeleton, lower jaw). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher involved in phylogenetic aspects of the Permo-Triassic mass extinction.
Dr R. Scotland
Dept. of Plant Sciences
Oxford University
South Parks Rd
Oxford OX1 3RB
head-man (2K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Dr A. Vogler
Imperial College
University of London
Prince Consort Rd
London SW7 2AZ
head-man (2K) Alfried is Professor of Molecular Systematics at Imperial College London and has a joint appointment with the Natural History Museum. His research interests are the molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary diversity of insects, in particular beetles (Coleoptera). He is developing new methods in DNA taxonomy, large-scale phylogenetics and phylogenomics of insects. He is co-director of two Masters courses at Imperial College/NHM (MRes Biosystematics and MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity).
Dr D.M. Williams
Dept. of Botany
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
head-man (2K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Dr. L. Rüber
Dept. of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
Lukas Rüber Lukas' research is motivated by a keen interest in the astonishing diversity of ray-fined fishes and the patterns of diversity and the evolutionary processes generating it. He is particularly interested in the application of genetic and geometric morphometric data to study the evolution of ecological and phenotypic diversity within species rich lineages. Additional research interests include: biogeography, comparative methods applied to life-history evolution, ancestral character state reconstruction, and relaxed molecular clock methods. His current research focuses on Southeast Asian freshwater fish diversity, marine adaptive radiations, and speciation in Lake Tanganyika cichlids.

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Council members retiring in 2010

Webmaster
Mr R.G. Wilson
Science & Learning Division
Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley
Woking
Surrey GU23 6QB
Rupert Wilson) After gaining his first degree in Botany from the University of Reading, Rupert remained in the Herbarium of the School of Plant Sciences for 13 years, where he developed his database skills, putting the Herbarium online. In 2001, he moved to the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley, where he took over running the RHS Horticultural Database, expanding his role in 2005 to cover management of all horticultural data within the Science at the RHS. Rupert maintains a keen interest in evolving technologies and their possible applications in botany and horticulture.
Dr D. Gower
Dept. of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
head-man (2K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.

Dr S. Mayo
Royal Botanic Gardens
kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AE
head-man (2K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.

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Council members retiring in 2011

Dr D.Bass
Dept.of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
head-man (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Professor S.E.Evans
Cell & Developmental Biology
University College
University of London
Gower St
London WC1E 6BT
head-woman (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Dr M van der Giezen
School of Biosciences
Geoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Rd
Exeter EX4 4QD
Mark van der Giezen Mark's primary research interest is the evolution of early microbial eukaryotes and their mitochondria. The origin of eukaryotes appears closely linked to that of the mitochondrion (or its anaerobic sister, the hydrogenosome), and by studying the diversity of mitochondria in various microbial eukaryotes he hopes to shed light on some key early events in eukaryote evolution.
Dr P.Wilkie
Tropical Forest Botanist
Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Peter Wilkie Peter's main research interest is the tropical trees of South East Asia. He is particularly interested in the families Sapotaceae and Malvaceae (subfamily Sterculioideae) and is currently focused on producing monographs of species rich genera in the Sapotaceae and on producing regional floras in Malaysia. A key aspect of his research is the production of molecular data to provide robust phylogenies of Sapotaceae to aid generic delimitation and support monographic research. Peter is currently developing the Sapotaceae Resource Centre which provides access to important data for monographic studies. This will help connect Sapotaceae researchers from around the world and provide a valuable research tool for monographers from countries that are species rich but resource poor.

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