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Hamilton, Martin A.

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Job title: 

UK Overseas Territories Programme Co-ordinator: UKOTs and Conservation Training

Conservation, Living Collections and Estates
Conservation and Conventions
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Agriculture/Horticulture, Western Kentucky University, USA, 2000
  • Dip. Horticulture, Kew (Hons), 2004
  • Member, IUCN/SSC South Atlantic Islands Plant Specialist Group

Conservation assessment, inventory and monitoring of island communities focusing on UK Overseas Territories; capacity-building for conservation and horticulture; role of botanic gardens in conservation, development of horticultural protocols and ex situ living collections.

Conservation biology with particular reference to islands – inventory and monitoring of plant communities; effects of management on communities, recovery and restoration; conservation assessment and recovery planning for threatened plant species. Impacts and monitoring of invasive alien species. Herbarium specimen curation and digitisation, production of protocols for specimen digitisation and delivery of training. Development of GIS for plant inventory and monitoring and field data collection protocols and delivery of training. Development of botanic gardens, with particular reference to their conservation role and the development of materials to help build capacity for conservation. Delivery of reports and technical information concerning UKOTs plant species. Implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

Selected publications: 

Sanchez, M.D., Ingrouille, M.J., Cowan, R., Hamilton, M.A., and 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

Malumphy, C., Hamilton, M.A., Manco, B.N., Green, P.W.C, Sanchez, M.D., Corcoran, M.R. and 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

Clubbe, C. & Hamilton, M.A., & Corcoran, M. (2009). Rondeletia buxifolia (Rubiaceae). Plant in Peril, 32. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 26 (1&2), 131-141

Hamilton, M. (2007). Turks and Caicos Islands Invasive Pine Scale. pp 208-213 in Biodiversity That Matters: a conference on conservation in UK Overseas Territories and other small island communities, Jersey 6th to 12th October 2006 (ed. M. Pienkowski). UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum, Available online

Hamilton, M.A., Robbins, S.K., Johnson, N.P., Sanchez, M.D. & Clubbe, C. (2007). Report on the status of Acacia anegadensis Britton, UK Overseas Territories, RBG. Kew UKOTs Horticulture Protocol Report # 1