Falkland Islands Climate Change Project Manager
Seed Conservation Department
Conservation and Conventions
Foreign Language(s):German (Proficient/ independent), Spanish (Basic), French (Basic), Russian (Basic)
Qualifications & Appointments
International Diploma in Plant Conservation Strategies, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2007
PhD Plant-fungal symbioses, University of Sheffield, 2006
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, 2005
BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), University of Cambridge, 2001
Research interests lie in investigating the impacts of changes in the environment and management practices on plant diversity; the design of science-based plant conservation strategies; sustainable use of plant diversity; restoration of degraded habitats.
- Managing the EU BEST-funded project ‘Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Falklands – a Climate Change Risk Assessment’. This involves collaboration with international partners and other sections within Kew including the GIS Team – see project page
- Co-ordinating RBG Kew plant conservation work in the Falkland Islands
- Developing a wider South Atlantic Overseas Territories co-ordination role
Selected Recent Publications
Upson R, Clubbe C and Hind DJN (2013) Nassauvia falklandica (Compositae: Mutisieae: Nassauviinae), a new endemic species for the Falkland Islands. Kew Bulletin 68(2): 1-8
Upson R (2012). Important Plant Areas of the Falkland Islands. Report, Falklands Conservation. 80 pp.
Duckett J G, Russell S, Upson R & Tangney, R (2012) Lower plants inventory and conservation in the Falkland Islands: bryophyte reconnaissance and collecting expedition. Field Bryology 106: 32-42.
Upson R, Hamilton M and Clubbe C (2011). Important Plant Areas Programme provides framework for Conservation in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). CSUWPD2010 (Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Plant Diversity), pp 187-194
Upson R (2011) New Island Botanical Survey and Phase I Habitat Map. Unpublished report to New Island Conservation Trust. Falklands Conservation
Upson R (2009) Monitoring the Effects of Reindeer on South Georgia’s Most Vulnerable Vegetation Types. Unpublished report to South Georgia Government and RSPB. Falklands Conservation
Upson R, Read DJ and Newsham KK (2009) Nitrogen form influences the response of Deschampsia antarctica to dark septate root endophytes. Mycorrhiza 20:1-11
Newsham KK, Upson R and Read DJ (2009) Mycorrhizas and dark septate root endophytes in polar regions. Fungal Ecology 2(1):10-20
Upson R, Newsham KK and Read DJ (2008) Root-fungal associations of Colobanthus quitensis and Deschampsia antarctica in the maritime and subAntarctic. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 40(3): 592-599
Upson R, Read DJ and Newsham KK (2007) Widespread association between the ericoid mycorrhizal fungus Rhizoscyphus ericae and a leafy liverwort in the maritime and sub-Antarctic. New Phytologist 176:460–471