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Upson, Rebecca

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Job title: 

Project Staff: Falkland Islands Climate Change Project Manager

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

German (proficient/ independent), Spanish (basic), French (basic), Russian (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • International Diploma in Plant Conservation Strategies, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2007
  • PhD Plant-fungal symbioses, University of Sheffield, 2006
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, 2005
  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), University of Cambridge, 2001

Research interests lie in investigating the impacts of changes in the environment and management practices on plant diversity; the design of science-based plant conservation strategies; sustainable use of plant diversity; restoration of degraded habitats.

Responsible for:

  • Managing the EU BEST-funded project ‘Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Falklands – a Climate Change Risk Assessment’. This involves collaboration with international partners and other sections within Kew including the GIS Team – see project page
  • Co-ordinating RBG Kew plant conservation work in the Falkland Islands
  • Developing a wider South Atlantic Overseas Territories co-ordination role
Selected publications: 

Upson, R., Clubbe, C. & Hind, D. J. N. (2013). Nassauvia falklandica (Compositae: Mutisieae: Nassauviinae), a new endemic species for the Falkland Islands. Kew Bulletin 68(2): 317-324. Available online

Upson, R. (2012). Important Plant Areas of the Falkland Islands. Report, Falklands Conservation. 80 pp. Important Plant Areas of the Falkland Islands

Upson, R., Read, D. J. & Newsham, K. K. (2009). Nitrogen form influences the response of Deschampsia antarctica to dark septate root endophytes. Mycorrhiza 20:1-11

Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. & Read, D. J. (2008). Root-fungal associations of Colobanthus quitensis and Deschampsia antarctica in the maritime and subAntarctic. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 40(3): 592-599 Available online