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Woodgyer, Elizabeth

Job title: 

Preserved Collections Manager

Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • 28 years experience of collections management and research and curation in the Melastomataceae

As Preserved Collections Manager, I am responsible for the administration of the Herbarium, Fungarium and Spirit Collection specimen transactions. I support the Head of Collections in the development of collections management policies and procedures to ensure that the collections are well curated and accessible to support research into key questions in plant and fungal science.

I act as a source of information and advice on curatorial protocols and curation techniques, coordinate pest control, act as CITES liaison officer and ensure compliance to legislation including access and benefit sharing regulations.

I have expertise in Neotropical Melastomataceae with a particular interest in the genus Microlicia.

Selected publications: 

Romero, R. & Woodgyer, E. M. (2014). Rediscovery of two species of Microlicia (Melastomataceae) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Phytotaxa 173(1): 41-48. Available online

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

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. Available online

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. Available online

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