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* Nominations for Council Members should be submitted to the Secretary ( ) by the 18th November. This should be signed by two Systematic Association members and be accompanied by a BRIEF summary of the nominees' research interests, what they would contribute to the Association and conformation that they are willing to stand.


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Officers

President (2013-2015)
Dr R. Scotland
Dept. of Plant Sciences
Oxford University
South Parks Rd
Oxford OX1 3RB
Robert Scotland Robert Scotland is currently Reader in Systematic Botany in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford and President-elect of the SA. He has had several stints on the SA council and was Botanical Secretary of the SA when a PhD student. He has broad taxonomic interests in Acanthaceae, systematic theory with a recent focus on the process of species discovery with a view to accelarating the pace of taxonomy through 'Foundation Monographs'. As an undergraduate he studied under Margaret Collinson at Kings, London and his PhD from the NHM London was supervised by Chris Humphries and Stephen Blackmore. He has supervised 10 PhD students and for the last fifteen years has run undergraduate field courses in Portugal and recently Tenerife.
Secretary
Dr. P. Wilkie (2009-)
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.
Meetings Secretary
Dr. Alex Monro (2009-)
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Alex Monro Alex is a plant taxonomist at the Natural History Museum in London where his research aims to generate and document biological diversity data and to use this knowledge to establish and test hypotheses of relationships. In doing so to help meet civil society's demands of a global taxonomic resource as articulated in the Convention on Biological Diversity, its work programme and cross-cutting issues. Foci for this are the plant family Urticaceae and the Neotropics. Links to online CV: Read CV Link to blog: Read Blog
Grants & Awards Secretary for SRF
Dr. Bente Klitgård (2010-)
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Bente Klitgård Bente Klitgård has a broad botanical background, is trained in most botanical technical skills and methods and has more than 25 years experience in multidisciplinary botanical research, science communication, and herbarium management and curation. Her taxonomic research projects are largely focussed on the Legume (Leguminosae/Fabaceae) and Mint families (Lamiaceae) and span: field botany, collections-based taxonomy, and molecular and morphological phylogenetics. She also has a keen interest in the application of micro-morphological characters to solve systematic questions. In this field projects have included palynology, and floral development and evolution. Link to CV - further information
Membership Secretary
Dr. J. Bennett (2007-)
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 (2008-)
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. D. Gower (2010-)
Dept. of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
David Gower David is a collections-based vertebrate biologist working on the natural history of amphibians and reptiles. Much of his work is taxonomic and phylogenetic, for which he draws on a wide range of evidence (morphology, molecules, fossils). Current focal taxa are caecilian amphibians, burrowing and aquatic snakes, and Triassic archosaurian reptiles.
Newsletter Editor
Dr Jane Droop (2013-)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Inverleith Row
Edinburgh
EH3 5LR
Jane Droop Jane is a plant taxonomist at RBG Edinburgh. She completed her PhD on the systematics and biogeography of Amomum Roxb. (Zingiberaceae) in 2012, and is currently a Sibbald fellow at RBG Edinburgh. Her research interests are the taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeography of the Zingiberaceae.
Webmaster
Mr. R.G. Wilson (2000-)
Horticultural Informatics, Science
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.

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Council members

Dr. Sven Buerki (2013-15)
Jodrell Laboratory
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
head-man (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Dr. Mark Carine (2013-15)
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
Mark Carine with Rumex azoricus Mark is a plant taxonomist at the Natural History Museum in London. His research focusses on the systematics of Convolvulaceae and on the biogeography of the Macaronesian region.
Dr. Bryn Dentinger (2013-15)
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Bryn Dentinger Bryn is the Head of Mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he studies molecular systematics of mushrooms and allies, as well as coevolution of fungi with plants and animals. He uses molecular tools and phylogenetic methods to document, diagnose, and compare fungi from all over the world, and has focused his fieldwork primarily in the tropics. He has taxonomic expertise in porcini mushrooms (Boletus) as well as the hairlike tropical coral mushroom family Pterulaceae, two species of which are cultivated by fungus-farming ants. His research interests are broad and range from documenting baseline fungal diversity to understanding evolutionary consequences of mushroom-mimicry by Dracula orchids.
Dr. Lauren Gardiner (2013-15)
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Lauren Gardiner Lauren is a botanist in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, specialising in palms and orchids. She completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia in association with Kew on the phylogenetics of the genus Vanda (Orchidaceae) and the MSc degree in Plant Taxonomy and Evolution at Reading University. Her current research at Kew is focussed on the systematic of the palm genus Heterospathe in New Guinea, conservation and population genetics of Madagascan palms, and developing the online eTaxonomy portal Palmweb (www.palmweb.org). In her own time she is working towards the monograph of the genus Vanda with a number of collaborators, and acts as consultant to the Writhlington School Orchid Project (www.wsbeorchids.org) and their network of international orchid conservation projects.
Martin Genner (2013-2015)
University of Bristol,
Woodland Road,
Bristol
BS8 1UG
Martin Genner Martin is a Lecturer at the University of Bristol. He is interested in the evolutionary ecology of fishes and aquatic invertebrates, and currently his work tends to focus on European marine fishes and African freshwater fishes. He has a strong interest in the evolutionary biology of cichlid fishes of East Africa, and particularly enjoys going fishing for them in out-of-the-way places.
Dr. Michael Kuhlmann (2012-14)
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
Michael Kuhlmann Michael is an entomologist at the Natural History, London where his research is focussed on solitary bee taxonomy, biogeography and evolutionary processes in plant-pollinator systems. Much of his work has been done in southern Africa and especially the Greater Cape Floristic Region which is a global centre of bee diversity.
Dr. Stefanie Klug (2012-14)
Dept. of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road
BRISTOL BS8 1RJ
Stefanie Klug Stefanie is a palaeobiologist working on the evolutionary history of sharks, skates and rays. She is particularly interested in their secret of success in past and present environments. Her approaches include systematic work as well as phylogenetic and biodiversity analyses, and calculations of the timing of specific adaptations (e.g. to the deep-sea). Stefanie did her MSc in Munich (GER) and completed her PhD in Berlin (GER) before she became a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bristol in 2010 where she still is working in the Palaeobiology Research Group.
Dr. Eve Lucas (2011-13)
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Eve Lucas Eve studies the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and conservation of the guava family (Myrtaceae), with a focus on the predominantly Neotropical tribe Myrteae and the genus Myrcia s.l. She has interests also in Neotropical ecology and other Myrtaceae with fleshy fruits. Eve curates the Myrtales collection in the Kew herbarium, sits on the editorial boards of the Flora of the Guianas and Kew Bulletin and is an editor of Phytotaxa. Eve lectures on the Kew tropical id course and likes nothing more than Neotropical field work.
Student Representative
Ross Mounce (2013-2015)
Biodiversity Lab 1.07
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
The University of Bath
Bath BA2 7PD
Ross Mounce After gaining his BSc in Biology from Imperial College London, Ross then went on to the Natural History Museum 'Advanced Methods in Taxonomy & Biodiversity' MSc course, where he gained a fine appreciation for cladistics. He completed his PhD thesis at the University of Bath investigating the importance of fossils in phylogeny. Ross takes a keen interest in communicating science via social media, as well as the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science with which he hopes to encourage everyone to share publication data more openly and resuably. http://about.me/rossmounce
Dr. Tiina Sarkinen (2012-14)
Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Tiina Sarkinen Tiina is a tropical plant taxonomist based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Her research focuses on analysing species distribution patterns in South America, especially so in mega-diverse but poorly collected areas in the tropical Andes. Tiina is currently working on Solanaceae, a plant family which contains many cultivated crops such as tomato, potato, eggplant, and chilli peppers. Her research aims to understand species diversity patterns within the family across the Neotropics. She also works on ex situ conservation of crop wild relative species through collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
Dr. Davide Pisani (2013-15)
University of Bristol
head-man (3K) This Council member has not yet supplied a biography.
Maria Vorontsova (2011-13)
Grass Taxonomist
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AE, UK
Maria Vorontsova Maria is a plant taxonomist specialising in grasses, researching the diversity and evolutionary history of Madagascar grasslands and their species of Poaceae. She looks after the Poaceae herbarium collection at Kew Gardens and maintains Grassbase, a database of names and descriptions of all the world's grass species: http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db.html. Maria also teaches courses on grass identification, she is an Editor of the journal Phytotaxa and a Book Reviews Editor for the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, and an organiser of the annual Young Systematists Forum.
Dr. Rachel Walker (2013-15)
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 5BD
Rachel Walker Rachel Walker is a postdoctorate researcher at the Natural History Museum, London. She completed a Masters degree at Imperial College in taxonomy and biodiversity, studying the systematics of coralline red algae, which she continues to work on. She first developed an interest in the Cape flora during her undergraduate degree and continued to study species from this region for her PhD at Cambridge University, on the evolution and development of petal spots in the South African daisy, Gorteria diffusa. She has recently returned to working on the red algae, to generate a taxonomic discovery system for macroalgal microbiomes using bioinformatic techniques. She is developing her research interests in projects that use a phylogenetic basis to study the evolution of novel traits and associations in plants and algae.
Dr. Matthew Wills (2012-14)
Biology & Biochemistry
University of Bath
Bath
BA2 7AY, UK
Matthew Wills Matthew Wills is a palaeobiologist interested in the relationships of arthropods, and in the ways in which fossils can help to shed light on deep phylogenetic questions more generally. He also works on quantifying macroevolutionary trends, on the manner in which major clades explore 'design space', and on measuring the stratigraphic congruence of cladograms. He is currently Reader in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Bath. Links to: Lab profile and Department profile
Dr. Wolfgang Wüster (2012-14)
School of Biological Sciences
Bangor University
Deiniol Road
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2UW, UK
Wolfgang Wüster Wolfgang Wüster is a herpetologist with research interests in the systematics, biogeography and ecology of reptiles, particularly venomous snakes, and in the origin of venoms, the evolution of toxin families and the causes of variation in venom composition in snakes. He teaches widely in zoology, with emphases on evolutionary biology, systematics and herpetology, including field courses in the UK and overseas.
Dr. Jeremy Young (2013-15)
Earth Sciences
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Jeremy Young Jeremy Young is an expert on coccolithophores, which are one of the main groups of planktonic algae and which have an enormous fossil record as a result of the calcareous plates, coccoliths they produce. He is a geologist and palaeontologist by training but his research has focussed mostly on living coccolithophores for the past few years. This has included participating in a series of research cruises as part of the UK Ocean Acidification Programme. His systematics interests include web-delivery of taxonomy, and integration of biological and palaeontological data. He is currently Research Associate at University College London.
Links to: Nannotax website, International Nannoplankton Association, UKOA surface consortium, blogs: antarcticoacruise.org.uk, www.arcticoacruise.org.

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