10 February 2022
I lead the Analytical Methods section, which comprises a team of ten laboratory managers and technicians responsible for the operation and maintenance of Kew’s laboratory facilities (molecular, biochemistry, imaging, seed biology). The team is also involved in training staff, student and visitors, supporting the technical aspects of project design and developing and implementing new methodologies.
I am a plant evolutionary biologist with a wide range of interests. I have worked on the molecular systematics of numerous plant families such as Leguminosae, Polygalaceae, Betulaceae, Myrtaceae, Santalaceae and Sapindaceae, but my main current interest is the Iridaceae family, more specifically the species found in the Cape of South Africa and the evolution of pollination syndromes in this group. I am also interested in biogeographical patterns and processes and the factors promoting diversification and speciation. The application of phylogenetics to conservation planning in biodiversity hotspots and the integration of evolutionary approaches in conservation are also topics that I have focused on in recent years.
- BSc, Univ of Montréal, Canada, 1995
- MSc, Univ. of Montréal, Canada, 1999
- PhD, Univ. of Reading, UK, 2004
- Editorial Board, Kew Bulletin
- Associate Editor, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
- Associate Editor, International Journal of Plant Sciences
- Associate Editor, Journal of Biogeography
- Co-Chair, bioGENESIS Scientific Committee
- Member of the Advisory Group of the Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis (EOS) Centre
The Tree of Life Initiative
Expanding and populating the tree of life for plants and fungi
Evolution and diversification of the palms and their seed traits
The palm tree-of-life as a key to palm seed conservation. Phylogenomic research in support of the Global Tree Seed Bank project.
Global Tree Seed Bank Programme
Conserving some of the world’s rarest, endangered and useful tree and shrub species as well as conducting vital tree conservation research in order to retain a significant resource for humanity.
Forest, F., Moat, J., Baloch, E., Brummitt, N.A., Bachman, S.P., Ickert-Bond, S., Hollingsworth, P.M., Liston, A., Little, D.P., Mathews, S., Rai, H., Rydin, C., Stevenson, D.W., Thomas, P. & Buerki, S. (2018).
Scientific Reports 8: 6053.
Forest, F., Crandall, K. A., Chase, M. W. & Faith, D. P. (2015).
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 20140002.
Forest, F., Goldblatt, P., Manning, J. C., Baker, D., Colville, J. F., Devey, D. S., Jose, S., Kaye, M. & Buerki, S. (2014).
Annals of Botany 113: 357-371.
Forest, F., Chase, M. W., Persson, C., Crane, P. R. & Hawkins, J. A. (2007)
The role of biotic and abiotic factors in the evolution of ant-dispersal in the milkworth family (Polygalaceae)
Evolution 61: 1675–1694.
Forest, F., Grenyer, R., Rouget, M., Davies, T. J., Cowling, R. M., Balmford, A., Faith, D. P., Manning, J. C., Procheş, Ş., van der Bank, M., Reeves, G., Hedderson, T. A. J. & Savolainen, V. (2007)
Nature 445: 757-760.