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Bone, Ruth

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Job title: 

Project Staff: Orchid Research Fellow

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Conversational French & Mauritian Creole

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Botanist and grant PI for 'Floristic Inventory of the Coastal Savannas of French Guiana' funded by an NGS/Waitt Grant 2010 (7 months)
  • PhD Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin 2006-2009
  • Freelance writer for the Eden Foundation and volunteer for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius 2005 (1yr)
  • Horticulture Coordinator (nursery manager), the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius 2003-2004 (1yr)
  • MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity of Plants, RBG Edinburgh & the University of Edinburgh 2002- 2003 (1yr)
  • Kew Diploma in Horticulture, School of Horticulture, RBG Kew 1999-2002

I am working on the evolution of the Eulophiinae subtribe (Cymbideae: Epidendroideae). For the past two years I have been funded by the Swiss Orchid Foundation to develop phylogenetic and taxonomic frameworks for this diverse group of orchids. I collected specimens in Madagascar and Zambia in 2013, and am currently investigating adaptations to dryland habitats in the terrestrial genera Eulophia and Oeceoclades.

Selected publications: 

Bone, R.E., Sanz, E. and Buerki, S. (2014). Notes on the flora of Madagascar, 38. The transfer of Eulophia beravensis Rchb. f. to Oeceoclades Lindl., a genus with its centre of diversity in Madagascar (Eulophiinae, Orchidaceae). Candollea 69(2): 189-193.

Strijk, J. S., Bone, R. E., Thébaud, C., Buerki, S., Fritsch, P., Hodkinson, W., Trevor R. & Strasberg, D. (2014). Timing and tempo of evolutionary diversification in a biodiversity hotspot: Primulaceae on Indian Ocean islands. Journal of Biogeography. 41 (4): 810-822. Available online

Bone, R. E. & Atkins, H. J. (2013). Four new species of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) from the Latimojong Mountains, South Sulawesi. Edinburgh Journal of Botany. 70 (30): 455-468. Available online

Gardiner, L.M., Bone, R. E., & Kilgallen, N. (2013). Orchids and eMonocot – assembling research resources and facilitating collaborative taxonomy online. Lankesteriana. 13(1-2): 33-37.

Bone, R. E., Strijk, J. S., Fritsch, P. W., Buerki, S., Strasberg, D., Thebaud, C., and Hodkinson, T. H. (2012). Phylogenetic inference of Badula (Primulaceae), a rare and threatened genus endemic to the Mascarene Archipelago. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 169: 284-296. Available online

Bone, R. E. & Strange, K. (2012). Bomarea dulcis (Alstroemeriaceae). Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. 29(1): 2-11. Available online