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Barrios, Sara

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Job title: 

Islands Conservation Partnership Co-ordinator

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese (mother tongue), Spanish, French (basic), Latin (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Licenciatura in Biology, University Aveiro (Portugal), 2004
  • MSc Plant Diversity, University of Reading, 2014-2015 (to conclude September 2015)
  • Member, The Systematic Association
  • Member, Kew Guild

I am a member of the UK and Islands team and my main role is to support a variety of research activities and projects in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). I assess existing resources and capacity in individual territories towards developing a strategy to achieve the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, with a particular focus on targets 1 and 2. I develop and maintain the UKOTs Species and Specimens Database and assess the conservation status of native UKOTs species, for incorporation into the IUCN Red List. I provide training for project partners, interns and volunteers and undertake fieldwork in the territories to enable knowledge gaps to be filled. I have a particular interest in Caribbean flora.

Selected publications: 

Bárrios, S. & Manco, B. N. (2014). Spermacoce capillaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Available online

Burton, F. J., Bárrios, S. & Roberts, A. (2014). Agave caymanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Available online

Goyder, D., Linsky, J., Bárrios, S., Hamilton, M. A., Woodfield-Pascoe, N. & Clubbe, C. (2014). 799. Metastelma anegadense. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 31(4): 321–332. Available online

Bárrios, S. (2014). Book review: Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve by Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 579-583. Available online

Bárrios, S., Roberts, A. & Linsky, J. (2013). Conservation Assessment Module (CAM) beta Training manual. Published online. Available online