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Barraclough, Timothy

Job title: 

Researcher and Senior Lecturer (RBG Kew and Imperial College - joint appointment)

Joined Kew: 
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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. Cambridge, 1993
  • DPhil, Univ. Oxford, 1996.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • Editorial Board, Systematic Biology
  • Editorial Board, Diversity and Distributions.

Evolutionary biology, speciation, biodiversity, phylogenetics, statistics.

Evolutionary biology of biodiversity, patterns and causes of speciation, biological and environmental correlates of diversification, evolutionary ecology of asexual organisms (plants, fungi and animals). NERC-funded project on speciation in asexual bdelloid rotifers, supervising NERC-funded PhD students on mating system evolution and diversity in fungi and on mycorrhizal diversity in the Cape Floristic Region. Co-supervisor on EU project HOTSPOTS. Statistical methods for analysing combined population and phylogenetic data, applied to DNA barcoding data, including plant barcoding initiative. Theory of the evolutionary causes and consequences of species diversity.

Selected recent publications: 

Davies, T.J., Savolainen, V., Chase, M.W., Moat, J. & Barraclough, T.G. (2004). Environmental energy and evolutionary rates in flowering plants. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. 271: 2195-2200.

Davies, T.J., Barraclough, T.G., Chase, M.W., Soltis, P.S., Soltis, D.E., & Savolainen, V. (2004). Darwin's abdominal mystery: a supertree of the angiosperms. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 101: 1904-1909.

Barraclough, T.G. & Vogler, A.P. (2002). Recent diversification rates in North American tiger beetles (genus: Cicindela). Mol. Biol. Evol. 19: 1706-1716.

Soltis, P.S, Soltis, D.E., Savolainen, V., Crane, P.R. & Barraclough, T.G. (2002). Rate heterogeneity among lineages of tracheophytes: integration of molecular and fossil data and evidence for molecular living fossils. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 99: 4430-4435.

Barraclough, T.G. & Nee, S. (2001). Phylogenetics and speciation. TREE 16: 391-399.


Barraclough, Timothy