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Smith, Rhian J.

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Job title: 

Science Facilitator

Science Directorate Office
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

basic French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • 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 Science Facilitator involves working closely with the Director of Science to support and develop Kew’s science strategy and programme internally, and to enhance Kew’s scientific reputation through increasing external visibility of our world class research programmes and publications. This includes managing and editing the Kew Science blog and coordinating internal and international symposia on key topics. I am also leading the development of a new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation.

Selected publications: 

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

Bateman, R.M., Smith, R.J. & Fay, M.F. (2008). Origin, evolutionary significance and conservation implications of Orchis x angusticruris (O. purpurea x O. simia), a hybrid orchid new to the British Isles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 687-711. Available online