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Devey, Dion S

Job title: 

DNA Sequencing Specialist and Post-doctoral Researcher

Jodrell Laboratory
Molecular Systematics
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), DeMontfort University, Leicester, 2000.
  • PhD, Reading University, UK, 2007.

Molecular systematics, evolutionary biology and conservation-genetics research.

  • Investigating the molecular systematics, evolution and biogeographical distribution of several plant families (including: Asphodelaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Hypoxidaceae, Orchidaceae, Pandanaceae, Sapindaceae).
  • Exploring the boundaries between population genetics and phylogenetics, and using orchids as a model system for the investigation of species-delimitation issues and the downstream impact on conservation recommendations; Large scale bar-coding of the Angiosperms.
Selected publications: 

Devey, D.S., Forest, F.L., Rakotonasolo, F., Ma, P., Dentinger, B.T.M. & Buerki, S. (2009). A snapshot of extinction in action: The decline and imminent demise of the endemic Eligmocarpus Capuron (Caesalpinioideae, Leguminosae) serves as an example of the fragility of Madagascan ecosystems. South African Journal of Botany 89: 273-280. Available online

Devey, D.S. & Clarkson, J.J. (2009). A stuttering start to plant DNA barcoding: microsatellites present a previously overlooked problem in non-coding plastid regions. Taxon 58(1): 7-15. Available online

Devey, D.S., Bateman, R.M., Fay, M.F. & Hawkins, J.A. (2009). Friends or Relatives? Phylogenetics and Species Delimitation in the Controversial European Orchid Genus Ophrys. Annals of Botany 101(3): 385–402. Available online

Devey, D.S., Bateman, R.M., Fay, M.F. & Hawkins. J.A. (2009). Genetic structure and systematic relationships within the Ophrys fuciflora aggregate (Orchidaceae: Orchidinae): high diversity in Kent and a wind-induced discontinuity bisecting the Adriatic. Annals of Botany 104(3):483-95. Available online

CBOL Plant Working Group. (2009). A DNA barcode for land plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America 106:12794-7. Available online