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Eastwood, Ruth

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Job title: 

Crop Wild Relative Project Co-ordinator

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish (Basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MA Biological Sciences, Univ. Oxford, 2005
  • DPhil 'Systematics of Andean Lupinus and the origin of Lupinus mutabilis' Univ. Oxford, 2006
  • Seed Information Database Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2007-2008)
  • ENSCONET Data Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2008-2009)
  • Partnership Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2009-2011)

I co-ordinate Kew’s activities within the “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project and I participate in the Global Crop Diversity Trust management team for this project. This builds on my passion for plants and my DPhil entitled "Systematics of Andean Lupinus and the origin of Lupinus mutabilis".

Selected publications: 

Dempewolf, H. D., Eastwood, R. J., Guarino, L., Khoury, C. K. & Müller, J. V. (2014). Adapting agriculture to climate change: A global 10 year project to collect and conserve crop wild relatives. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 28: 369-377.

Eastwood, R. J., Cody, S., Westengen, O. & von Bothmer, R. (2014). Conservation Roles of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. In: Crop Wild Relatives and Climate Change, eds M.S. Swaminathan, C. Fowler, S.S. Yadav, R. Redden, L. Snook, A. Jarvis, E. Dulloo, L. Guarino, M. Ambrose, P. Smith. CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Vincent, H., Wiersema, J., Kell, S. P., Fielder, H., Dobbie, S., Casteñeda-Álvarez, N., Guarino, L., Eastwood, R., Leœån, B. & Maxted, N. (2013). A prioritised crop wild relative inventory to help underpin global food security. Biological Conservation 167: 265-275. Available online.

Müller, J. V., Eastwood, R. J., Linington, S. H. (2012). ENSCONET – A Milestone for European Seed Conservation. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali 90: 209-210.

Hughes, C. E. & Eastwood, R. J. (2006). Island radiation on a continental scale: exceptional rates of plant diversification after uplift of the Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103: 10334-10339. Available online