Smith, Rhian J.
Senior Science Officer (Education and Communication)
- BSc (1st class Hons), Univ. Wales (Cardiff), 1997
- PG Dip. Statistics (Distinction), Univ. Dublin (Trinity College), 2001
- PhD, Univ. Dublin (Trinity College), 2004
- Editor for Restoration Ecology (2009-2013)
- Editor for Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization (2008-2013)
My role as Senior Science Officer for Education and Communication involves the coordination of Kew's scientific education programmes and internal and external science communication activities. I am currently leading the development of an exciting new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, and my team also coordinates Kew's science-based short courses and NERC Doctoral Training Programmes. Science communicaton responsibilities include working with the Director of Science to develop and implement a new science strategy, coordinating internal and external seminar series and international symposia, and working to enhance Kew’s scientific reputation through increasing external visibility of our world class research programmes and publications. We also work with key teams in Kew's Public Programmes Directorate to deliver science content to the public.
Cowling, R.M., Potts, A.J., Bradshaw, P.L., Colville, J., Arianoutsou, M., Ferrier, S., Forest, F., Fyllas, N.M., Hopper, S.D., Ojeda, F., Proches, S., Smith, R.J., Rundel, P.W., Vassilakis, E. & Zutta, B.R. (2014). Variation in plant diversity in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems: the role of climatic and topographical stability. Journal of Biogeography: DOI:10.1111/jbi.12429. Available online
Smith, R.J. & Waldren, S. (2013). Gynodioecy in Campanula trachelium L. New Journal of Botany 3: 117-121. Available online
Smith, R.J., Hopper, S.D. & Shane, M.W. (2011). Sand-binding roots in Haemodoraceae: global survey and morphology in a phylogenetic context. Plant and Soil 348: 453-470. Available online
Smith, R.J. & Waldren, S. (2010). Patterns of genetic variation in Colchicum autumnale L. and its conservation status in Ireland: a broader perspective on local plant conservation. Conservation Genetics 11: 1351-1361. Available online
Hopper, S.D., Smith, R.J., Fay, M.F., Manning, J.C. & Chase, M.W. (2009). Molecular phylogenetics of Haemodoraceae in the Greater Cape and Southwest Australian Floristic Regions. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 19-30. Available online