8 March 2018
I study grasses and everything about them, with a particular focus on tropical African diversity and poorly known lineages, their evolutionary history, and the history of tropical grasslands and savannas. I use herbarium based alpha taxonomy to enrich our understanding of ecosystems and their function. My main research direction is a full taxonomic treatment of Poaceae for the Flora of Madagascar, a long term project incorporating a range of ecological, phylogenetic, ethnobotanical, and horticultural work. I am also interested in the history and development of classifications and in botanical nomenclature and bibliography. I look after GrassBase and develop it to bring together global taxonomic knowledge across all Poaceae and to build it into a broad research utility. If it is about grasses, I would like to hear about it.
- PhD, Open University, sponsored by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008
- MA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2003
- BA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2000
- Book Reviews Editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 2011 onwards
- Systematics Association Council 2010 onwards
- Editor of Phytotaxa 2009 onwards
- Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
Nanjarisoa, O.P., Besnard, G., Ralimanana, H., Jeannoda, V. & Vorontsova, M.S. (2017)
Grass survey of the Itremo Massif records endemic central highland grasses
Madagascar Conservation & Development, 12
Vorontsova, M.S., Clark, L.G., Dransfield, J., Govaerts, R., Baker, W.J. (2016)
World Checklist of Bamboos and Rattans
International Network of Bamboo and Rattan & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 454 pp
Vorontsova, M.S., Besnard, G., Forest, F., Malakasi, P., Moat, J., Clayton, W.D., Ficinski, P., Savva, G.M., Nanjarisoa, O.P., Razanatsoa, J., Randriatsara, F.O., Kimeu, J.M., Luke, W.R.Q., Kayombo, C. & Linder H.P. (2016)
Madagascar’s grasses and grasslands: anthropogenic or natural?
Proc. R. Soc. B 2016 283 20152262; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2262
Sandel, B., Monnet, A-C., Govaerts, R. & Vorontsova, M.S. (2016 publ. 2017)
Late Quaternary climate stability and the origins and future of global grass endemism
Annals of Botany 119: 279–288
Vorontsova, M.S. & Rakotoarisoa, S.E. (2014)
Endemic non-bambusoid genera of grasses (Poaceae) in Madagascar: review of current knowledge
Malagasy Nature 8: 14-34
Grasses and savannas of Madagascar
Using knowledge of endemic grasses to understand the history of open canopy areas for land management and conservation planning.
Understanding the páramo grasslands of Boyacá through building knowledge of grasses
Improving baseline knowledge on the grasses of Boyacá, Colombia, their ecology and conservation, and enabling future development of grass and páramo research in Boyacá.
GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub
Turning plant diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa into an economic resource for community livelihoods.