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Hamilton, Martin A.

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Job title: 

Research Leader, UKOTs

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • PhD (09/2012-present, expected 2016), Birkbeck, University of London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • Dip. Horticulture, Kew (Hons), 2004
  • BSc, Agriculture/Horticulture, Western Kentucky University, USA, 2000
  • Member, IAPT - International Association for Plant Taxonomy
  • Member, IOPB - International Organization of Plant Biosystematists
  • Member, The Systematics Association
  • Member, URISA - The Association for GIS Professionals
  • Member, Kew Guild
  • Member, Royal Horticultural Society
  • Member, IUCN/SSC South Atlantic Islands Plant Specialist Group (2007-2010)

My team and I work in collaboration with UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and international partners to implement the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in the territories. I oversee plant conservation projects in the UKOTs that include delivery of practical conservation outcomes, capacity building and scientific research.  My current project portfolio includes inventory and monitoring of plant communities; effects of management and climate change on plant communities; conservation assessment, population analysis and recovery planning for threatened plant species; and the impacts and monitoring of invasive alien species. At Kew, I oversee conservation assessments, herbarium specimen digitisation and production of horticultural protocols for UKOTs plant species. I develop and maintain bespoke GIS for plant inventory and monitoring as well as field data collection protocols for UKOTs projects. I am particularly interested in the development of botanic gardens, native plant nurseries and ex-situ collections in the UKOTs, with particular reference to their conservation role.

Selected publications: 

Corcoran, M. R., Hamilton, M. A., & Clubbe, C. P. (2014). Developing horticulture protocols for threatened plants from the UK Overseas Territories. Sibbaldia 10.

Goyder, D., Linsky, J., Bárrios, S., Hamilton, M. A., Woodfield-Pascoe, N. & Clubbe, C. (2014). 799. Metastelma anegadense. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 31(4): 321–332.

Sanchez, M. D., Ingrouille, M. J., Cowan, R., Hamilton, M. A. & Fay, M. (2014). Spatial structure and genetic diversity of natural populations of the Caribbean pine, Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis (Pinaceae), in the Bahaman archipelago. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. Available online

Hardman, C. J., Williams, S., Manco, B. & Hamilton, M. A. (2012). Predicting the potential threat of Casuarina equisetifolia L. for three endemic plants in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Oryx 46(2): 204-212.

Malumphy, C., Hamilton, M. A., Manco, B. N., Green, P. W. C, Sanchez, M. D., Corcoran, M. R. & Salamanca, E. (2012). Toumeyella parvicornis (Hemiptera: Coccidae), causing severe decline of Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Florida Entomologist 95(1):113-119. Available online