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Clubbe, Colin P.

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Job title: 

Head, Conservation Science

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, University of Birmingham, 1975
  • PhD, University of London, 1980
  • DIC, Imperial College, 1981
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Trustee, Falklands Conservation
  • Trustee, Chagos Conservation Trust

I head the Conservation Science Department which brings together four key research areas for Kew: Islands with a focus on the UK, UK Overseas Territories and Madagascar; Conservation Assessment and Analysis; Conservation Genetics; and Seed Conservation.

Our overall aim is to provide solutions to the world’s plant and fungal conservation problems based on rigorous, evidence-based research.

I am a conservation biologist with wide-ranging interests in biodiversity conservation, especially on Islands and UK Overseas Territories in particular. My research focuses on the study of plant diversity, threats, particularly the impact of invasive species, and developing strategies for conservation management of plant diversity.

Selected publications: 

Baker, K., Lambdon, P., Jones, E., Pellicer, J., Stroud, S., Renshaw, O., Niissalo, M., Corcoran, M., Clubbe, C. & Sarasan, V. (2014). Rescue, ecology and conservation of a rediscovered island endemic fern (Anogramma ascensionis): ex situ methodologies and a road map for species reintroduction and habitat restoration. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174 (3): 461-477. Available online

Clubbe, C. (2013). Building Capacity for the Achievement of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in the Caribbean Region. Annals of Missouri Botanical Garden 99: 147–152. Available online

Upson, R., Clubbe, C., & Hind, D.J.N. (2013). Nassauvia falklandica (Compositae: Mutisieae: Nassauviinae), a new endemic species for the Falkland Islands. Kew Bulletin 68 (2): 317-324.

Lambdon, P., Darlow, A., Clubbe, C. & Cope, T. (2012). Eragrostis episcopulus – a newly described grass species endemic to the island of St Helena, its ecology and conservation. Kew Bulletin 68: 1-11. Available online

Williams, S. J., Jones, J.P.G, Clubbe, C. and Gibbons, J.M. (2012). Training Programmes Can Change Behaviour and Encourage the Cultivation of Over-Harvested Plant Species PLoS ONE 7 (3): e33012.