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Clarkson, James J.

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Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Conservation Genetics

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Upper second class (2:1) Hons), De Montfort Univ. (Leicester, England), 1998
  • PhD, Univ. London (Queen Mary College), 2006
  • Awarded Manton prize for best PhD thesis in plant sciences 2006
  • Awarded Menzel prize for best genetics talk at Botany 2010 conference
  • Elected Fellow of Linnean Society 2014

My role as a Research Fellow in the Conservation Genetics group involves utilising genetic and genomic datasets to inform conservation projects. The population level research projects can be divided into two main geographical groups and they are 1) UK overseas territories in collaboration with Dr Colin Clubbe 2) UK based projects in collaboration with Dr Mike Fay. My duties include writing publications, producing funding proposals, supervising PhD students and public engagement. The projects aim to use microsatellite markers and RADseq (restriction site associated DNA markers) to elucidate population structure.

Selected publications: 

Clarkson, J.J., Pennington, T.D., Haynes, G., Engstrand, R., Kaye, M. & Chase, M.W. (2013). A phylogenetic analysis of Guarea In: Pennington TD, Clarkson JJ (eds) A revision of Guarea (Meliaceae). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp 180-189

Kelly, L.J., Leitch, A.R., Clarkson, J.J., Knapp, S. & Chase, M.W. (2013). Reconstructing the complex evolutionary origin of wild allopolyploid tobaccos (Nicotiana section Suaveolentes). Evolution 67: 80-94.

Parisod, C., Mhiri, C., Lim, K.Y., Clarkson, J.J., Chase, M.W., Leitch, A.R. & Grandbastien, M.A. (2012). Differential dynamics of transposable elements during long-term diploidization of Nicotiana section Repandae (Solanaceae) allopolyploid genomes. PLOS ONE: DOI 10.1371.

Clarkson, J.J., Kelly, L.J., Leitch, A.R., Knapp, S. & Chase, M.W. (2010). Nuclear glutamine synthetase evolution in Nicotiana: phylogenetics and the origins of allotetraploid and homoploid (diploid) hybrids. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 99-112.

Clarkson, J.J., Lim, K.Y., Kovarik, A., Knapp, S., Chase, M. & Leitch, A. (2005). Long-term genome diploidization in allopolyploid Nicotiana section Repandae (Solanaceae). New Phytologist 168: 241-252.