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Bachman, Steven P.

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Job title: 

Research Leader, Species Conservation

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Basic Portuguese

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Environmental Geosciences, Brunel University, 2003
  • IUCN Technical Working group – member

My role is to develop a research team focussing on plant species conservation. As a central node for species conservation assessment activity at Kew I co-ordinate projects on Red List assessment of plant species, for example The Sampled Red List Index, develop training packages to build capacity in Red List assessment and develop tools and techniques to scale up the production of assessments. I am interested in applying our knowledge of plant extinction risk to conservation prioritisation. This contributes to the delivery of one of the key science questions: What plant and fungal diversity is under threat and what should be conserved to provide resilience to global change? I am output leader for the annual report ‘State of the World’s Plants’, a horizon scanning, policy relevant overview of the Plant Kingdom.

Selected publications: 

Brummitt, N. A., Bachman, S. P., Aletrari, E., Chadburn, H., Griffiths, J., Lutz, M., Moat, J. F., Rivers, M. C., Syfert, M. M. & Nic Lughadha, E. M. (2015). The Sampled Red List Index for Plants, Phase II: ground-truthing specimen-based conservation assessments. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society series B, Biological Sciences.

Buerki, S., Callmander, M. W., Bachman, S., Moat, J., Labat, J.-N. & Forest, F. (2015). Incorporating evolutionary history into conservation planning in biodiversity hotspots. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, series B.

Syfert, M. M., Joppa, J., Smith, M. J., Coomes, D. A., Bachman, S. P. & Brummitt, N. A. (2014). Using species distribution models to inform IUCN Red List assessments. Biological Conservation 177: 174-184.

Rakotoarinivo, M., Dransfield, J., Bachman, S. P., Moat, J. & Baker, W. J. (2014). Comprehensive Red List assessment reveals exceptionally high extinction risk to Madagascar palms. PloS One 9 (7), e103684

Bachman, S., Moat, J., Hill, A., de la Torre, J. & Scott, B. (2011). Supporting Red List threat assessments with GeoCAT: Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool. Zookeys 150: 117-126.