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Nic Lughadha, Eimear M.

Aloe vera plant
Job title: 

Senior Research Leader, Conservation Assessment and Analysis

Conservation Science
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 (2004-2010)
  • Member, Darwin Advisory Committee (2003-2009)
  • 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

I lead the Conservation Assessment and Analysis team in Kew’s Conservation Science Department. Our focus is primarily at species level, utilising Kew’s outstanding collections, particularly herbarium specimens, to help inform conservation action by developing and applying suitable analytical methods to enhance prioritisation, improve Red List assessments and to understand and monitor the status of the world’s plants.

My own research and professional interests include:

  • Enhancing access to plant diversity data and maximising their relevance to conservation and sustainable use outcomes
  • Documenting and interpreting large-scale patterns of plant diversity in conservation contexts
  • Development and maintenance of global authority files of plant names and species
  • Systematics and conservation of neotropical Myrtoideae (Myrtaceae)
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.