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Ulian, Tiziana

Tiziana Ulian
Job title: 

Senior Research Leader, Diversity and Livelihoods

Natural Capital and Plant Health
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Italian (mother tongue), Spanish (fluent), French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Sciences, University of Ca ' Foscari, Italy, 1997
  • BSc, Environmental Sciences (Plant Ecology), University of Greenwich, 1999
  • PhD, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, 2004

As Senior Research Leader of Diversity & Livelihoods I lead a research group developing plant diversity approaches to support communities in locations and economies where nutritional, income and biodiversity issues are of paramount importance.

I am a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests aiming to support the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  A major component of the work I am involved in is to develop projects that maximize their conservation benefits, through a holistic approach linking conservation and livelihoods. I also work on the conservation biology of threatened plant species and have a strong interest in their in situ conservation and reintroduction.

Selected publications: 

De Vitis, M., Seal, C. E., Ulian, T., Pritchard, H. W., Magrini, S., Fabrini, G. & Mattana, E. (2014). Rapid adaptation of seed germination requirements of the threatened Mediterranean species Malcolmia littorea (Brassicaceae) and implications for its reintroduction. South African Journal of Botany 94: 46-50.

Fenu, G., Cogoni, D., Ulian, T. & Bacchetta, G. (2013). The impact of human trampling on a threatened coastal Mediterranean plant: the case of Anchusa littorea Moris (Boraginaceae). Flora 208 (2): 104-110.

Ulian, T., Mattana, E., Pritchard, H. W. & Skwierinski, R.  (2013). Seasonality effects on plant phenology and seed ecology in Oritrophium peruvianum (Asteraceae), a threatened tropical alpine species. South African Journal of Botany 10/2013; 88:278-285.

Flores, J., Jurado, E., Chapa-Vargas, L., Ceroni-Stuva, A., Dávila-Aranda, P., Galíndez, G., Gurvich, D., León-Lobos, P., Ordóñez, C., Ortega-Baes, P., Ramírez-Bullón, N., Sandoval, A., Seal, C.E., Ulian, T. & Pritchard, H.W. (2011). Seeds photoblastism and its relationship with some plant traits in 136 cacti taxa. Environmental and Experimental Botany 71 (1): 79-88.

Way, M., Ulian, T. & Sacande; M. (2010). Saving Useful Plants through the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Online publication.