I head the Conservation Science Department which brings together four key research areas for Kew: Islands with a focus on the UK, UK Overseas Territories and Madagascar; Conservation Assessment and Analysis; Conservation Genetics; and Seed Conservation.
Our overall aim is to provide solutions to the world’s plant and fungal conservation problems based on rigorous, evidence-based research.
I am a conservation biologist with wide-ranging interests in biodiversity conservation, especially on Islands and UK Overseas Territories in particular. My research focuses on the study of plant diversity, threats, particularly the impact of invasive species, and developing strategies for conservation management of plant diversity.
- BSc, University of Birmingham, 1975
- PhD, University of London, 1980
- DIC, Imperial College, 1981
- Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London
- Trustee, Falklands Conservation
- Trustee, Chagos Conservation Trust
- Chair, Bentham Moxon Trust
- Member, IUCN Red List Committee
Clubbe, C., Ainsworth AM, Barrios S, et al (2020).
Current knowledge, status, and future for plant and fungal diversity in Great Britain and the UK Overseas Territories.
Plants, People, Planet 2: 557-579.
Pilkington, F., Singh, M., Wilkins, V. & Clubbe, C. (2020)
The first rapid forest inventory and resource use assessment of Dashtijum Nature Reserve, Tajikistan: a mixed methods approach.
Oryx 54: 443-450.
Wilson, B., Mills, M., Kulikov, M. & Clubbe, C. (2019).
The future of walnut–fruit forests in Kyrgyzstan and the status of the iconic Endangered apple Malus niedzwetzkyana.
Oryx 53: 415-423
Darbyshire, I., Anderson, S., Asatryan, A., Byfield, A., Cheek, M., Clubbe, C., et al. (2017).
Biodiversity & Conservation 26: 1767–1800.
Darrah, S. E., Bland, L. M., Bachman, S. P., Clubbe, C. P. & Trias-Blasi, A. (2017)
Diversity and Distributions 23: 435–447.
Upson, R, Williams, J.J., Wilkinson, T., Clubbe, C.P., Maclean, I.M.D, McAdam, J.H. & Moat, J. F. (2016)
PLoS ONE 11: e0167026.
Adapting agriculture to climate change
Collecting and protecting the wild relatives of the world’s most important food crops to safeguard our future food security in a changing climate.
Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Identifying key sites for plant and habitat conservation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Kew’s Plant Assessment Unit
Accelerating the identification of plants threatened with extinction and increasing the knowledge available on the conservation status of less well-represented groups on the IUCN Red List.
Biodiversity metrics for conservation management in the British Virgin Islands
Generating three biodiversity metrics (phylogenetic diversity, species richness and species threat assessments) for flowering plants of the British Virgin Islands to help direct conservation action and management.