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Clubbe, Colin P.

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Job title: 

Head, UKOTs and Conservation Training

Dicot Systematics
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
  • Vice Chair, IUCN/SSC South Atlantic Islands Plant Specialist Group
  • IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group
  • Kew Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Open University

Conservation assessment, inventory and monitoring of island communities; capacity-building for conservation; role of botanic gardens in conservation.

Conservation biology with particular reference to islands – inventory and monitoring of plant communities; effects of management on communities, recovery and restoration; conservation assessment and recovery planning for threatened plant species. Impacts of invasive alien species. Development of botanic gardens, with particular reference to their conservation and education roles. Co-ordination of Kew’s higher education and international training programmes, including the development of materials to help build capacity for conservation.

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. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 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.