I am a botanical researcher in the Comparative Plant and Fungal Systematics team. My research is focused on the taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary biology and conservation of Myrtaceae, particularly the fleshy fruited tribes Myrteae and Syzygieae. I am also interested in tropical rainforest evolution in particular in the Atlantic Forests of Eastern South America and on the large genus Myrcia.
My research is based on molecular and morphological systematics, biogeographical analysis, preparation of monographs, regional revisions and a global checklist. The research forms part of an integrated approach to Myrtaceae systematics at Kew and also includes studies on phenology, anatomy and reproductive biology.
- BSc (Hons), University of London, 1995
- MSc, University of Reading, 2000
- PhD, Open University, 2007
- Editorial Committee, Flora of the Guianas
Mazine, F. F., Souza, V. C., Sobral, M., Forest, F. & Lucas, E. (2014).
A preliminary phylogenetic analysis of Eugenia (Myrtaceae: Myrteae), with a focus on Neotropical species.
Kew Bulletin 69: 94-97.
Lucas, E. J., Matsumoto, K., Harris, S. J., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Bernardini, B. & Chase, M.W. (2011)
International Journal of Plant Sciences 172: 915.
Lucas, E. J. & Sobral, M. (2011).
Proposal to conserve Myrcia DC. ex Guillaumin over Calyptranthes Swartz.
Taxon 60: 605.
Murray-Smith, C., Brummitt, N. A., Oliveira-Filho A. T., Bachman, S., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Moat, J. & Lucas, E. J. (2009)
Conservation Biology 23: 151–163.
Lucas, E. J., Harris, S. A., Mazine, F. F., Belsham, S. R., Nic Lughadha, E. M., Telford, A., Gasson, P. E. & Chase, M. W. (2007).
Taxon 56: 1105–1128.
Remote sensing for the Caatinga of Brazil
Learning to live with the forest: remote sensing for sustainable use of seasonally dry tropical forests.
Building a partnership of systematic excellence – a checklist of selected families of Boyacá
Creating a hard-copy publication of an annotated checklist of the Myrtaceae and Fabaceae of Boyacá, Colombia, supported by an online catalogue of specimen data.