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Taylor, Nigel

Job title: 

Honorary Research Associate

Foreign languages: 

Portuguese, Spanish, German (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) (Botany), Univ. Reading, 1977.
  • MIHort, 1996.
  • PhD, Open Univ., 2000.
  • Cactus & Succulent Specialist Group, IUCN-SSC (Secretary 1984–1988, Vice Chair 1989–1996, Chair 1997–98).
  • Trustee, Castle Howard Arboretum Trust (until 2011).
  • Editorial Board, Kew, Kew Bulletin (1996–2005) & Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (1995–2005).
  • Chair, Overseas Fieldwork Committee, RBG Kew (until 2011).
  • Executive Board, UK PlantNetwork (1999–2005).
  • Editorial Advisory Board, BBC gardening magazines (until 2011).
  • Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens (from 19 September 2011).

Taxonomy and conservation of Cactaceae; botanical nomenclature; botany and history of cultivated plants; flora of Eastern Brazil; botanic gardens management.

Taxonomy of cultivated plants, especially those where living collections are essential for a proper understanding of characters and relationships. Principal focus over the last 35 years has been systematics of Cactaceae and their conservation (especially in connection with the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species and IUCN Red Listing), including some supervision of postgraduate students and refereeing of papers. Many other plant groups of importance for horticulture have also been included (>200 publications), especially other succulents and hardy woody plants, with a secondary emphasis placed on botanical nomenclature. At the Kew site, main responsibilities included management of c. 200 staff involved with the living collections in support of science, conservation, public education, horticultural training and amenity. Member of Kew Director’s team (until 2010) and Chair of Kew’s Overseas Fieldwork Committee (until 2011), with corporate oversight of expedition best practice in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity. Also, Kew contact for UNESCO World Heritage programme. Resigned post at RBG Kew upon appointment as Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 2011.

Selected publications: 

Perez, M. F., Teo, M. F., Zappi, D. C., Taylor, N. P. & Moraes, E. M. (2011). Isolation, characterization, and cross-species amplification of polymorphic microsatellite markers for Pilosocereus machrisii (Cactaceae). Amer. J. Bot. e204 – e206.

Menezes, M. O. T., Taylor, N. P., Machado, M. C., Coelho, P. J. A. & Correia, D. (2011). Diversity and distribution of Cactaceae in Ceará state, North-eastern Brazil. Bradleya 29: 13 – 42.

Zappi, D. & Taylor, N. (2011). A new species of Pilosocereus subgenus GounelleaP. frewenii, from SE Brazil. Bradleya 29: 131 – 136.

Korotkova, N., Borsch, T., Quandt, D., Taylor, N. P., Müller, K. F. & Barthlott, W. (2011 - in press). What does it take to resolve relationships and to identify species with molecular markers? An example from the epiphytic Rhipsalideae (Cactaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 98(9): 00 – 00.

Zappi, D., Taylor, N. & Machado, M. (2010). Cactaceae. In: R.C. Forzza, J. F. A. Baumgratz, , C. E. M. Bicudo, D. A. L. Canhos, A. A. Carvalho Jr., A. Costa, D. P. Costa, M. Hopkins, P. M. Leitman, L. G. Lohmann, E. Nic Lughadha, L. C. Maia, G. Martinelli, M. Menezes, M. P. Morim, M. A. Nadruz Coelho, A. L. Peixoto, J. R. Pirani, J. Prado, L. P. Queiroz, S. Souza, V. C. Souza, J. R. Stehmann, L. S. Sylvestre, B. M. T. Walter & D. Zappi (eds) Catálogo de Plantas e Fungos do Brasil I: 822 – 832. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.