Dauncey, Elizabeth A. (Liz)
Business Development Officer, Medicinal Plant Names Services
Joined Kew:2012, Associate Staff 1992-2012
Qualifications & Appointments
BSc (Hons), Botany, University of Durham, 1988
PhD, Plant Taxonomy, University of Reading, 1994
Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
Analytical Toxicology MSc, King's College, London, guest lecturer since 2010
Toxicology MSc, University of Surrey, guest lecturer since 2010
Finalist, Reference Book of the Year, 2010, Garden Media Guild, for the book 'Poisonous Plants: a guide for parents & childcare providers'
Nominated, Technical category, 2011, The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Awards, for the book 'Poisonous Plants: a guide for parents & childcare providers'
Winner, 1994 British Computer Society Information Technology Award for 'Poisonous Plants in Britain and Ireland: an interactive identification system on CD-ROM'
As Business Development Officer for the Medicinal Plant Names Services, I undertake market research and business planning, and am responsible for growing and supporting our User Group. I also monitor our web pages and popular blog (written by our Sandwich Student, Jason Irving); manage decisions on the scope of our resource content such as information classes and geographic priorities; and contribute to commercial and non-commercial enquiries.
From 1992 to 2011, I worked as a Botanist for the Medical Toxicology Information Services ('Guy's Poisons Unit'), Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Hospital Trust, on joint activities with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As a specialist in poisonous plants, I undertook various initiatives with the aim of improving the treatment of plant poisoning cases in hospitals, and reducing the number of plant poisonings by raising public awareness.
For my PhD in plant taxonomy, I revised Dendrobium section Pedilonum, a group of 42 species of orchids from S.E. Asia.
Selected Recent Publications
Kite, G.C., Rowe, E.R., Veitch, N.C., Turner, J.E. & Dauncey, E.A. (2013). Generic detection of basic taxoids in wood of European Yew (Taxus baccata) by liquid chromatography-ion trap mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography B 915-916: 21-27.
Pennington, N. De, Colles, C. & Dauncey, E. (2011). Australian stringhalt in the UK. [Letter]. Veterinary Record 169(18): 476.
Dauncey, E. A., with toxicity by Kennedy, K. and Hawkins, L. (2010). Poisonous Plants: A guide for parents and childcare providers. Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew and Guy's & Thomas' Hospital Trust: London.
Cooper, M.R., Johnson, A.W. and Dauncey, E.A. (2003). Poisonous Plants and Fungi: An illustrated guide, Ed. 2. TSO: London.
Dauncey, E.A. (2003). A taxonomic revision of Dendrobium section Pedilonum (Orchidaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 7(2): 151-320.
Dauncey, E.A. (2001). Dendrobium sidikalangense Dauncey: 988. In: J.B. Comber, Orchids of Sumatra. Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew.
Dauncey, E.A. (ed.) (2000). Poisonous Plants and Fungi in Britain and Ireland: Interactive Identification Systems on CD-ROM. Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew and Guy's & Thomas' Hospital Trust: London.
Dauncey, E.A. et al. (2000). Die Giftpflanzen Deutschlands: Ein interaktives Identifizierungssystem auf CD-ROM. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Guy's & Thomas' Hospital Trust, Giftnotruf Berlin, and Berliner Botanischen Garten und Museum. Distributed by Springer: Berlin.
Dauncey, E.A. (ed.) (2000). Revision of the Horticultural Trades Association Code of Practice for the Labelling of Potentially Harmful Plants. Medical Toxicology Unit, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust: London and Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew. Unpublished report prepared under contract to the Horticultural Trades Association. 331pp.
Kite, G.C., Lawrence, T.J. & Dauncey, E.A. (2000). Detecting Taxus poisoning in horses using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Veterinary and Human Toxicology 42(3): 151-154.
Southgate, H.J., Egerton, M. & Dauncey, E.A. (2000). Lessons to be learned: a case study approach. Unseasonal severe poisoning of two adults by deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna). Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 120(2): 127-130.