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Malcolm Tompkins, Patricia

Job title: 

Project Co-ordinator, IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants at Kew

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
GIS Unit, Biodiversity Information and Economic Botany
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish (mother tongue), French (5 years studies)

Qualifications and appointments: 

BSc (Hons), Plant Science (Botany), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2001.


Managing and coordinating the work of volunteers and staff in the Sampled Red List Index for Plants project.

Currently managing and coordinating the work of volunteers and staff in the Sampled Red List Index for Plants project. Also compiling information on the distribution, uses and threats of plant species from literature sources, digital resources and specimen information to produce full IUCN conservation assessments.

Has worked at Kew on several digitisation projects making all of African Floras published by Kew available online and managing the Latin American Plants Initiative Project to deliver high resolution images of all Kew type specimens for Latin America.

Management of the African Floras Digitisation Project; electronic floras; interactive keys.

Involved in developing the method for digitizing, marking-up and databasing 'legacy' texts such as Floras, monographs, etc. Managing the African Floras Digitisation Project which currently is set to digitise Flora of Tropical East Africa, Flora of Tropical Africa and Flora Capensis. Day to day management and in-post training of two Text Officers; liaison with the Publications Officer for the OCR of the texts; evaluation of the accuracy of the OCR of samples; structural analysis of the texts; ongoing revision of MSWord macros and XSLTs based on the text samples; further development and refinement of the methods.

Liaising with the editor of Flora Zambesiaca (in the Drylands Africa Team) for further development of the e-floras concept. Combining Floras and monographs already digitised i.e. Flora of West Tropical Africa and Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa, Mistletoes of Africa to create an on-line resource.

Use of information found in these Floras and monographs for the generation of interactive keys and analysis of patterns of distribution of species.

Selected publications: 

Plants under pressure a global assessment. The first report of the IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. 2010 Plants under pressure

Kirkup D., Malcolm P., Christian G. & Paton A. (2005). Towards a digital African Flora. Taxon 5(2): 457-466.

Wagstaff C., Malcolm P., Rafiq A., Leverentz M., Griffiths G., Thomas B., Stead A. & Rogers H. (2003). Programmed cell death (PCD) processes begin extremely early in Alstroemeria petal senescence. New Phytologist 160(1): 49-59.