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Lucas, Eve J.

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Job title: 

Systematics Science Team Leader - Myrtales

Dicot Systematics
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (fluent), Portuguese (conversational).

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), University of London, 1995
  • MSc, University of Reading, 2000.
  • PhD, Open University, 2007
  • Editorial Committee, Flora of the Guianas.

Taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and conservation of Myrtaceae, with a focus on the predominantly Neotropical tribe Myrteae and Myrcia s.l. and a developing interest in tribe Syzygieae.  Ecology of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.

Research is focused on the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and conservation of Myrtaceae, particularly the fleshy fruited tribes Myrteae and Syzygieae with a focus on genus Myrcia s.l., in collaboration with a network of international Myrtaceae researchers in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. This research is based on molecular and morphological systematics, biogeographical analysis, the preparation of monographs, regional revisions and a global checklist. Conservation studies in Myrtaceae involve the production of baseline resources such as specimen databases and their application to geographical information systems and to statistical analysis of vegetation type. Routine naming of incoming Myrtaceae and Myrtales specimens provides support for these projects as well as providing identifications for similar external projects on other groups. The research forms part of a multi-disciplinary approach to Myrtaceae systematics at Kew, which also includes the disciplines of anatomy, phytochemistry and reproductive biology.

Selected publications: 

Mazine, F. F., Souza, V. C., Sobral, M., Forest, F. & Lucas, E. (2014). A preliminary phylogenetic analysis of Eugenia (Myrtaceae: Myrteae), with a focus on Neotropical species. Kew Bull. 69: 94-97 Available online

Lucas, E. J., Matsumoto, K., Harris, S. J., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Bernardini, B., & Chase, M.W. (2011). Phylogenetics, Morphology, and evolution of the large genus Myrcia s.l. (Myrtaceae). International Journal Plant Sciences. 172(7): 915. Available online

Lucas, E. J. & Sobral, M. (2011). Proposal to conserve Myrcia DC. ex Guillaumin over Calyptranthes Swartz. Taxon 60: (2) 605. Available online

Murray-Smith, C., Brummitt, N. A., Oliveira-Filho A. T., Bachman, S., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Moat, J. & Lucas, E. J. (2009), Plant Diversity Hotspots in the Atlantic Coastal Forests of Brasil. Conservation Biology 23: (1) 151–163. Available online

Lucas, E. J., Harris, S. A., Mazine, F. F., Belsham, S. R., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Telford, A., Gasson, P. E. & Chase, M. W. (2007). Suprageneric phylogenetics of Myrteae, the generically richest tribe in Myrtaceae (Myrtales). Taxon 56: 1105–1128. Available online