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Goyder, David J.

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Job title: 

Research Leader, Africa and Madagascar

Identification and Naming
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Foreign languages: 

Basic French and Spanish

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

My role is to document tropical African plant diversity, with a particular emphasis on Apocynaceae. I aim to complete floristic coverage of Apocynaceae in tropical Africa, providing accounts for countries with a Zambezi drainage and those in and around the Congo Basin. I also aim to compile regional inventories and highlight areas of particular diversity or endemism in poorly explored countries such as Angola.

Kew houses many collections of historic interest and importance, and I plan to bring some of these to a wider audience, starting with the many herbarium collections and related artefacts from David Livingstone’s Zambesi Expedition.

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.

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