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Woodgyer, Elizabeth

Job title: 

Head of the Collections Management Unit

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 

25 years experience of collections management and research and curation in the Melastomataceae


Collections management; floristic and monographic research on Neotropical Melastomataceae and Myrtaceae

Responsibility for the Collections Management Unit (five staff members), dealing with all scientific specimen transactions to and from the Herbarium and for ensuring legislation governing their movement is complied with. System administrator for the Herbarium’s computerized transaction management system (CRIS) and an Herbarium CITES Liaison Officer.

Main research focus is Neotropical Melastomataceae and Myrtaceae, with a particular interest in Brazilian (Bahian) Microlicia. Preparing descriptions of new species, specialist naming and responsibility for the curatorial management of the family (assisting visitors, selecting loans and re-arranging collections according to recent publications). SEM work and macromorphological studies of anthers, seeds, ovaries and ovules is also undertaken for Melastomataceae and Myrtaceae taxonomy.

Selected publications: 

Romero, R. & Woodgyer, E.M. (2011). Microlicia hirticalyx (Melastomataceae): a new name for Microlicia acuminata Cogn. Kew Bulletin 66(1): 163-165.

Romero, R. & Woodgyer, E.M. (2010). Validation of the name Microlicia petiolulata (Melastomataceae), a new species from the Espinhaço Range, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Kew Bulletin 65(1): 69-72.

Woodgyer, E.M. & Zappi, D.C. (2009). Two new species of Microlicia D. Don (Melastomataceae) from Bahia, NE Brazil. Kew Bulletin 64(2): 279-284.Charles, G.J. & Woodgyer, E.M. (2003). A new species of Espostoa (Cactaceae) from Peru. British Cactus & Succulent Journal 21 (2): 69-74.

Woodgyer, E.M. (2005). Multi-access key and checklist to the species of Microlicia (Melastomataceae) in Bahia, Brazil. Kew Bulletin 60 (3): 441-448.

Woodgyer, E.M. & Zappi, D.C. (2005). Two new species of Microlicia (Melastomataceae) from Catolés, Bahia, NE Brazil. Kew Bulletin 60 (3): 435-440.