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Bramley, Gemma L.C.

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Job title: 

Research Leader, Asia Team

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA (Hons), Univ. Oxford (Somerville College), 2000
  • PhD, Univ. Edinburgh, 2003
  • MSc (Science Communication), Imperial College 2010
  • Kew Bulletin Editorial Board
  • Edinburgh Journal of Botany Editorial Board

As a Research Leader in the Asia team (Identification and Naming), my role is to carry out and develop floristic and systematic research on Asian plants. My specialist interest is the taxonomy and systematics of the Lamiaceae and Gesneriaceae. A particular focus is to better understand herbaceous plant diversity in the threatened rain forests of tropical SE Asia, using the species-rich genus Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) as a model group.

I also co-organise the annual Kew Tropical Plant Identification course, and am co-ordinator for the ‘Plant Taxonomy and Diversity’ module in Kew’s new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.

Selected publications: 

Utteridge, T. M. A. & Bramley, G. L. C. (2014). The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Atkins, H. J., Bramley, G. L. C. & Clark, J. R. (2013). Current knowledge and future directions in the taxonomy of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae), with a new estimate of species number. Selbyana 31(2): 157–165.

Bramley, G. L. C. (2013). The genus Callicarpa (Lamiaceae) in the Philippines. Kew Bulletin 68: 369-418.

Bramley, G. L. C. (2012). Three new species of Callicarpa (Lamiaceae) from Sulawesi. Kew Bulletin 67: 213-223.

Bramley, G. L. C., Go, R. & de Kok, R. P. J. with contributions by Wearn, J. A. & Mabberley, D. J. (2011). Lamiaceae in Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G., Chung, R.C.K. & Kiew, R. (eds) Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak 7, Forest Research Institute Malaysia.