Jack Plummer

Plant Assessment Co-ordinator


Ecosystem Stewardship


Conservation Assessment and Analysis


Species conservation; extinction risk; Red List assessment

In my role, I facilitate the submission of extinction risk assessments by Kew scientists and collaborators to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

This involves day-to-day co-ordination of Red List assessment projects, increasing assessment capacity through conducting training workshops, communicating species extinction risk to a broad audience, and liaising with IUCN and other stakeholders engaged in conservation assessment activity worldwide.

In recent years, I have also written many extinction risk assessments for selected plant groups, especially crop wild relatives and medicinal plants, including a global assessment of Musaceae (bananas).

Through documenting the extinction risk status of species, we can more effectively prioritise conservation activities to protect plants and fungi, and mitigate the ongoing extinction crisis.

  • BSc Biology, University of Warwick
  • MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management, University of Warwick

WWF (2020)

Living Planet Report 2020 - Bending the curve of biodiversity loss.

Almond, R.E.A., Grooten M. and Petersen, T. (Eds). WWF, Gland, Switzerland.

Marcer, A, Haston, E, Groom, Q, et al. (2020)

Quality issues in georeferencing: From physical collections to digital data repositories for ecological research.

Divers Distrib. 2021; 27: 564– 567.

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