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Goyder, David J.

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Job title: 

Taxonomic botanist

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

basic French and Spanish.

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Reading, 1981
  • PhD, Univ. Reading, 1986
  • Council, Systematics Association (1988-1991).

Diversity and systematics of Apocynaceae; Plant diversity in eastern and southern Africa.

Revising the classification of derived subfamilies of Apocynaceae (principally Asclepiadoideae and Secamonoideae) as a precursor to writing tropical African Flora accounts. ‘Flora of Tropical East Africa’ treatment completed (322 species in 50 genera); ‘Flora Zambesiaca’ account nearing completion.

Input into collaborative phylogenetic studies on Asclepiadoideae; these include attempts to resolve problems of generic delimition in Old and New World groups of the Asclepias complex, and studies into broader scale patterns of evolution in Asclepiadioideae.

Assessment of plant diversity in the dry coastal forest ecosystem of northern Mozambique, with institutional support for our key partners in Maputo.

Providing the botanical component for the Angolan Protected Area Expansion Strategy – a multidisciplinary programme of the Angolan Ministry of the Environment.

Documenting taxonomic novelties in Bolivian Asclepiadoideae arising from major collection programme of J.R.I. Wood.

Selected publications: 

Goyder, D., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Apocynaceae (Part 2). In: Flora of Tropical East Africa, ed. H.J. Beentje, pp. 115–530. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Timberlake, J., Goyder, D., Crawford, F., Burrows, J., Clarke, G. P., Luke, Q., Matimele, H., Müller, T., Pascal, O., de Sousa, C. & Alves, T. (2011). Coastal dry forests in northern Mozambique. Plant Ecology and Evolution 144: 126–137.

Livshultz, T., Mead, J. V., Goyder, D. J. & Brannin, M. (2011). Climate niches of milkweeds with plesiomorphic traits (Secamonoideae; Apocynaceae) and the milkweed sister group link ancient African climates and floral evolution. American Journal of Botany 98: 1966–1977.

Goyder, D. J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa. Kew Bulletin 64: 369–399.

Goyder, D. J., Nicholas, A. & Liede-Schumann, S. (2007). Phylogenetic relationships in subtribe Asclepiadinae (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 94: 423–434.