Dr David J Goyder

Honorary Research Associate

David Goyder

Accelerated Taxonomy




Africa, Angola, Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, plant diversity, conservation planning

My interests include taxonomy and floristics of the milkweed family Apocynaceae, particularly in tropical Africa and in South America. I have written or coordinated Flora treatments of this diverse family for Ethiopia and Eritrea, Somalia, Tropical East Africa (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania) and the Flora Zambesiaca region (Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia), and Checklists for countries including Angola and Bolivia.

I am Botanical Research Director for the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project which aims to raise the conservation profile of the Angolan headwaters of the Okavango, Zambezi, Congo and Kwanza river systems, and to lobby for formal protection of this watertower. I have contributed to biodiversity assessments of several other areas of conservation concern in Angola, highlighting regions of exceptional plant diversity and endemism. 

The Kew Herbarium houses many collections of historic interest and importance, and I plan to bring these to a wider audience, starting with the many herbarium collections and related artefacts and field drawings from David Livingstone’s Zambesi Expedition.

  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Reading, 1981
  • PhD, Univ. Reading, 1986
  • Council, Systematics Association (1988-1991)
  • Botanical Research Director, National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project (2016-present)

Goyder, D. J. & Gonçalves, F. M. P. (2019).

The Flora of Angola: Collectors, Richness and Endemism.

In: Huntley, B.J., Russo, V., Lages, F. & Ferrand, N. (eds.), Biodiversity of Angola. Science and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis. Springer. Chapter 5, pp. 79 – 96.

Goyder, D.J., Barker, N., Bester, S.P., Frisby, A., Janks, M. & Gonçalves, F.M.P. (2018).

The Cuito catchment of the Okavango system: a vascular plant checklist for the Angolan headwaters.

PhytoKeys 113: 1 – 31. 

Gonçalves, F.M.P. & Goyder, D.J. (2016).

A brief botanical survey into Kumbira forest, an isolated patch of Guineo-Congolian biome.

Phytokeys 65: 1-14.


Fuentes, A., Morales, J. F., Goyder, D., Nee, M., Beck, S. G. & Jorgensen, P. M. (2014).


In: Jorgensen, P. M., Nee, M. H. & Beck, S. G. (eds.), Catálago de las Plantas de Bolivia. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden vol. 127, pp. 232 – 255.

Goyder, D., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012).

Flora of Tropical East Africa Apocynaceae (Part 2).

ed. H.J. Beentje, pp. 115–530. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Timberlake, J., Goyder, D., Crawford, F., Burrows, J., Clarke, G. P., Luke, Q., Matimele, H., Müller, T., Pascal, O., de Sousa, C. & Alves, T. (2011).

Coastal dry forests in northern Mozambique.

Plant Ecology and Evolution 144: 126–137.

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