International Projects Coordinator
Collecting and Network Support
- Tropical America
- Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
- Drylands: Africa
- Temperate Team
- Restoration Ecology
Foreign Language(s):Italian (mother tongue), Spanish (fluent), French (basic)
Qualifications & Appointments
Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Sciences, Univ. Ca ' Foscari, Venice, Italy, 1997
BSc, Environmental Sciences (Plant Ecology), Univ. Greenwich, 1999
PhD, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Univ. Greenwich, 2004
Latin American Programme Officer for the Millennium Seed Bank Project (MSBP) from 2004 to 2007, involved in projects and activities in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
Subsequently, Coordinator of the Useful Plant Project in Botswana, Kenya, Mali, Mexico and South Africa and managing the MSB partnerships in Mexico and in the Caribbean Region.
Supporting role for the MSB partnership in Italy, collaborating with the University of Pavia and the University of Cagliari on a project conserving the native flora of Sardinia.
Present responsibilities include coordinating species targeting, plant conservation activities involving rural and indigenous communities, developing new collaborations and projects, and supporting research in plant conservation and sustainable use. Specific technical input to livelihood improvement and ecological restoration projects and activities contributing to the RBG Kew wider strategy.
Past and present experience includes managing and conducting ethno-botanical and ecological surveys, as well as conservation assessments and monitoring of threatened plants with the involvement in conservation, research projects and training activities in over 15 countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Co-organizer and co-chair of over 80 talks for the department and involved in several international meetings and workshops. Background in plant ecology and conservation biology with an interest in sustainable development.
- Climate Change, Species Vulnerability and Germination Thresholds
- Cactus Seed Biology Database
- Ex situ Conservation, Propagation and Re-introduction of Endemic, Endangered and Vulnerable Plant Species from the Arid Lands of Chile
- Ex situ Conservation of Plant Germplasm from Arid and Semi-Arid Zones of Mexico
- Huarango Project
- Identifying New Oilseed Crops
- Sustained Plant Conservation in the Insular Caribbean
- MSB partnership in Southern Africa (Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi)
- MSB Seed Banking Worldwide
- MSB partnership in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali)
- Conservation of native plant species from Sardinia (Italy)
- Thermal Fingerprinting and Chemical Composition of Asteraceae, Brassicaceae and Other Oily Seeds
- Project MGU - the Useful Plants Project
Selected Recent Publications
Flores, J., Jurado, E., Chapa-Vargas, L., Ceroni-Stuva, A., Dávila-Aranda, P., Galíndez, G., Gurvich, D., León-Lobos, P., Ordóñez, C., Ortega-Baes, P., Ramírez-Bullón, N., Sandoval, A., Seal, C.E., Ulian, T., Pritchard, H.W. (2011). Seeds photoblastism and its relationship with some plant traits in 136 cacti taxa. Environmental and Experimental Botany 71 (1): 79-88
Way, M., Ulian, T. & Sacande, M. December (2010). Saving Useful Plants through the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. (On line publication: http://sd.defra.gov.uk/2010/12/saving-useful-plants-throughthe-millennium-seed-bank-partnership/)
Rossi, G., Parolo, G., Ulian, T. (2009). Human trampling as threat factor for the conservation of peripheral plant populations. Plant Biosystems 143 (1): 104-113
Ulian, T., Rovere, A., Muñoz, B. (2008). Taller sobre Conservación de Semillas para la Restauración Ecológica. Ecosistemas 17(3): 147-148.
Ulian, T (2008). The demography of Oritrophium peruvianum (Lam.) Cuatr. and the impacts of harvesting on its populations in the Venezuelan Andes. In: Rossi G., Gentili R., Abeli T., Gargano D., Foggi B., Raimondo F.M., Blasi C. (a cura di), Flora da conservare, Iniziativa per l’implementazione in Italia delle categorie e dei criteri IUCN (2001) per la redazione di nuove liste rosse. Informatore Botanico Italiano, 40 (suppl. 1): 182.
Bacchetta G., Fenu G., Mattana E., Ulian T. (2008) . Lamyropsis microcephala (Moris) Dittrich & Greuter. In: Rossi G., Gentili R., Abeli T., Gargano D., Foggi B., Raimondo F.M., Blasi C. (a cura di), Flora da conservare, Iniziativa per l’implementazione in Italia delle categorie e dei criteri IUCN (2001) per la redazione di nuove liste rosse. Informatore Botanico Italiano, 40 (suppl. 1): 84-86.
Selected Earlier Publications
Bacchetta, G., Fenu, G., Mattana, E., Ulian, T. (2007). Preliminary results on the conservation of Lamyropsis microcephala (Moris) Dittrich & Greuter (Compositae), a threatened endemic species of the Gennargentu massif, Sardinia. Flora Montiberica 36: 6-14.
Ulian, T. (2004). The demography of Oritrophium peruvianum (Lam.) Cuatr. and the impacts of harvesting on its populations in the Venezuelan Andes. PhD Thesis, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK.
Ulian, T., Smith, M.C. & Aranguren, A. (2001). Life history traits of Oritrophium peruvianum in the páramos of the Cordillera of Mérida, Venezuela. Proceedings of IV International Symposium of Sustainable Development in the Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.