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Zappi, Daniela

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Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Species Conservation Analysis

Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese, Spanish (mother tongue), Italian

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Ciências Biológicas, Univ. São Paulo, 1987
  • MSc, Ciências Biológicas, Univ. São Paulo, 1989
  • PhD, Univ. São Paulo, 1992
  • Visiting Professor, Univ. Estadual Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
  • Editorial Board, Boletim de Botânica da Universidade de São Paulo; Revista Rodriguésia
  • Coordinator of Cactaceae and Co-coordinator of Rubiaceae for the Brazilian Catalogue of Plants and Fungi
  • IUCN Cactus & Succulent Specialist Study Group

My aim is to develop strategies and methodologies to promote species conservation by using taxonomic information at different levels focussing in Brazil (Rubiaceae and Cactaceae).

Currently I am engaged in a survey of the vegetation and flora of the Brazilian Highlands (‘Campos Rupestres’), where a large number of endemic species occupy a relatively small area. Tropical highlands face increasing challenges from land development, turistic pressure  and, more recently, increased frequency of fires through climate change. I aim to generate knowledge to verify how many of the species are found within protected areas and to justify changes that maximize the protection of endangered plants.

I have worked in floristics and conservation of Brazil for over 30 years, working in accelerated surveys, floras and checklists. I am one of the coordinators of the Brazilian Flora Online and contribute to Brazilian red-listing activities.

Selected publications: 

Zappi, D.C. ; William Milliken ; Hind, D. J. N. ; Biggs, N. ; Rando, J. G. ; Malcolm, P. ; R. Mello-Silva (2014). Plantas do Setor Noroeste da Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais - guia ilustrado. 1. ed. Richmond: RoyalBotanic Gardens, Kew, 312p .

Moraes, E M ; Perez, M F., Teo, M.F., Zappi, D.C., Taylor, N P., Machado, M C (2012). Cross-species amplification of microsatellites reveals incongruence in the molecular variation and taxonomic limits of the Pilosocereus aurisetus group (Cactaceae). Genetica 140: 277-285. Available online

Rafaela C Forzza, José Fernando, Carlos Baumgratz, M Eduardo, Dora A L Bicudo, A Canhos, Jr Carvalho, Marcus A Nadruz Coelho, Andrea F Costa, Denise P Costa, Ariane Luna Peixoto, José R Pirani, Jefferson Prado, Luciano P Queiroz, Castro Souza, João R Stehmann, Lana S Sylvestre, Bruno M T Walter, Daniela C Zappi, Lúcia G Lohmann (2012). New Brazilian Floristic List Highlights Conservation Challenges. Bioscience 62(1): 39-45.  Available online

Milliken, William ; Sasaki, Denise ; Pennington, R. Toby ; Hopkins, Mike ; Zappi, Daniela (2010). Amazon vegetation: how much don’ t we know and how much does it matter?. Kew Bulletin 65: 691-709. Available online

Menini Neto, Luiz ; Forzza, Rafaela Campostrini ; Zappi, D.C. (2009). Angiosperm epiphytes as conservation indicators in forest fragments: A case study from southeastern Minas Gerais, Brazil. Biodiversity and Conservation 18(14): 3785-3807. Available online