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Moat, Justin F.

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Job title: 

Research Leader, Spatial Analysis

Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis
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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, University College London, 1992
  • MSc, University College London, 1996

I am the research leader for Spatial Analysis within the Informatics and Spatial Analysis Science directorate. My role is to lead spatial analysis at Kew, which covers both GIS (Geographic Information Science) and remote sensing, providing a scientific and spatial interface for Kew’s work in conservation, taxonomy, systematics and phytogeography. I have specialist expertise and interests in spatial modelling, Web mapping, vegetation mapping, conservation assessments and the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) for mapping and monitoring of the environment. My key project for 2015 is  'Building a climate resilient coffee economy for Ethiopia', which use species modelling, climate modelling and vegetation mapping to improve the capacity of Ethiopia’s coffee production in deal with climate change.

Selected publications: 

Keith, D.A., Rodríguez, J.P., Rodríguez-Clark, K.M., Nicholson, E., Aapala, K., Alonso, A., Asmussen, M., Bachman, S., Bassett, A., Barrow, E.G., Benson, J.S., Bishop, M.J., Bonifacio, R., Brooks, T.M., Burgman, M.A., Comer, P., Comín, F.A., Essl, F., Faber-Langendoen, D., Fairweather, P.G., Holdaway, R.J., Jennings, M., Kingsford, R.T., Lester, R.E., Mac Nally, R., McCarthy, M.A., Moat, J., Oliveira-Miranda, M.A., Pisanu, P., Poulin, B., Regan, T.J., Riecken, U., Spalding, M.D. & Zambrano-Martínez, S. (2013). Scientific foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e62111 Available online

Davis, A.P., Gole, T.W., Baena, S. & Moat, J. (2012). The impact of climate change on indigenous Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica): predicting future trends and identifying priorities. PLoS ONE 7: e47981. Available online

Bachman, S., Moat, J., Hill, A., de la Torre, J. & Scott, B. (2011). Supporting Red List threat assessments with GeoCAT: Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool. Zookeys 150:117-126. Available online

Moat, J. & Smith, P (2007). Atlas of the Vegetation of Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. London, UK. 

Willis, F., Moat, J. & Paton, A. (2003). Defining a role for herbarium data in Red List assessments: a case study of Plectranthus from eastern and southern tropical. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 1537-1552 Available online

Current projects