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Nic Lughadha, Eimear M.

Job title: 

Senior Plant Diversity Scientist

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


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese, French, Spanish.

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA (Mod.), Natural Sciences (Botany), Trinity College Dublin, 1987
  • PhD, Univ. St. Andrews, 1998
  • Member, Global Biodiversity Sub-Committee, Global Environmental Change Committee 2004-10
  • Member, Darwin Advisory Committee 2003-09
  • Member, Royal Society Working Group on Measuring Biodiversity 2002-2003
  • Specialist Advisor to Science and Technology Select Committee, House of Lords 2001-2002
  • Commission for Flora Neotropica 1998

Research on plant diversity and systematics and development and direction of key projects of importance to HLAA, especially those promoting access, analysis and use of Kew’s plant diversity resources.

I have recently (April 2011) returned to a research role after a decade in a series of management roles with a science policy and co-ordination focus. My new role involves continuing work on documenting and interpreting large-scale patterns of plant diversity and their implications for conservation action complemented by a return to my early research focus on the neotropical Myrtales, especially the Myrciinae. I also have a long-standing interest and involvement in the development and maintenance of global authority files of plant names and species and in botanical nomenclature, dating from my involvement in the establishment of the International Plant Names Index and extending to the creation and ongoing development of The Plant List.

Selected publications: 

Paton, A., & Nic Lughadha, E. (2011). The irresistible target meets the unachievable objective: what have 8 years of GSPC implementation taught us about target setting and achievable objectives? Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166: 250-260.

Rivers, M.C., Brummit, N.A., Nic Lughadha, E. & Meagher, T.R. (2011). Genetic variation in Delonix s.l. (Leguminosae) in Madagascar revealed by AFLPs: fragmentation, conservation status and taxonomy. Conservation Genetics 12: 1333-1344.

Rivers, M.C., Taylor, L., Brummit, N.A., Meagher, T.R., Roberts, D.L. & Nic Lughadha, E. (2011). How many herbarium specimens are needed to detect threatened species? Biological Conservation 144: 2541-2547.

Rivers, M.C., Bachman, S.P., Meagher, Nic Lughadha, E. & Brummit, N.A. (2010). Subpopulations, locations and fragmentation: applying IUCN red list criteria to herbarium specimen data. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2071-2085.

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