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Williams, Emma V.

Job title: 

Project Staff: Species Conservation Assessor

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Biology, Univ. Wales (Aberystwyth), 2000
  • MSc, Pure and Applied Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Univ. Reading, 2001

I am a species conservation assessor working in the State of the World’s Plants team. I am responsible for IUCN global Red List assessments for plants from the Africa and Oceania regions contributing towards the Sampled Red List Index. Working alongside the species conservation researchers I gather information from herbarium specimens, literature, GIS and botanical expert opinions to write the assessments. I have a background in seed conservation, nomenclature and plant identification, particularly working with African and temperate floras. I am also a member of the steering team for the Banking the Worlds Seeds strategic output group. 

Selected publications: 

Williams, E. V., Breidy, J., Van Slageren, M. & Khairallah, S. (2015). New records for the flora of Lebanon. Webbia, Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography 70 (2): 323-327.

Belyaeva, I. V., Govaerts, R., Lindon, H. L. & Williams, E. V. (2015). Proposals to amend Article 53.6 and the Glossary. Taxon 64 (5): 1066-1067.

York, E. & Muthoka, P. (2010). Seed banking in the Afroalpine region in Kenya. Scripta Bot. Belg. 46:506. AETFAT XIX-Madagascar.

Goodacre, R., York, E. V., Heald, J. K. & Scott, I. M. (2003) Chemometric discrimination of unfractionated plant extracts analyzed by electrospray mass spectrometry. Phytochemistry 62(6): 859-863.