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Fay, Michael F.

Job title: 

Senior Research Leader, Conservation Genetics

Department: 
Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 

1986

Foreign languages: 

French, Spanish, Welsh

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1981
  • PhD, University of Wales, 1989
  • Individual Merit Promotion, 2011
  • Chair, IUCN/SSC Orchid Specialist Group
  • IUCN Plant Conservation Subcommittee
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation UK Implementation Group
  • Editor in Chief, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Role: 

I head the Conservation Genetics team in the Conservation Science Department. The aim of the team is to use modern techniques to investigate the genetics of rare species and to clarify their relationships, using the data collected to inform conservation management decisions. The team has a focus on species in the UK and the UK Overseas Territories, but also works on species from elsewhere.

I am a geneticist with wide-ranging interests in biodiversity conservation and phylogenetics, with a strong focus on orchids.

Selected publications: 

García-Verdugo, C. & Fay, M. F. (2014). Ecology and evolution on oceanic islands: broadening the botanical perspective. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 271-275. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12154

Fay, M. F., Kelly, L. J., Micheneau, C., Paun, O. & Whitten, W. M. (2013). Developing conservation genetics tools for non-model species in the era of next-generation sequencing. In: Elliott, J., Kurzweil, H.F., O’Byrne, P., Tan, K. W., van der Schans, A.S., Wong, S.M. & Yam, T.W. (eds.), Where new and old world orchids meet (Proceedings of the 20th World Orchid Conference). Singapore: National Parks Board & Orchid Society of Southeast Asia, 173-177.

Ennos, R. A., Whitlock, R., Fay. M. F., Jones, B., Neaves, L. E., Payne, R., Taylor, I., de Vere, N. & Hollingsworth, P. M. (2012). Process-based Species Action Plans: an approach to conserve contemporary evolutionary processes that sustain diversity in taxonomically complex groups. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 194-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01206.x

Pedersen, H. Æ., Rasmussen, H. N., Kahandawala, I. M. & Fay, M. F. (2012). Genetic diversity, compatibility patterns and seed quality in isolated populations of Cypripedium calceolus (Orchidaceae). Conservation Genetics 13: 89-98. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-011-0267-0

Pellicer, J., Clermont, S., Houston, L., Rich T. C. G. & Fay, M. F. (2012). Cytotype diversity in the Sorbus complex (Rosaceae) in Britain: sorting out the puzzle. Annals of Botany 110: 1185–1193. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcs185