My team and I work in collaboration with UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and international partners to implement the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). I oversee plant conservation projects that include delivery of practical conservation outcomes, capacity building and scientific research. My current project portfolio includes inventory and monitoring of plant communities; effects of management and climate change on plant communities; conservation assessment, population analysis and recovery planning for threatened plant species; plant and animal interactions; and the impacts and monitoring of invasive alien species. I develop and maintain GIS and botanical databases for plant inventory and monitoring as well as field data collection protocols for our projects. I am particularly interested in biogeography, population genetics and the development of ex-situ collections to support species conservation. The focus of my own research and professional interests is neotropical species in the genera Cordia and Varronia (Boraginaceae).
- PhD Birkbeck, University of London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, 2016
- Dip. Horticulture, Kew (Hons), 2004
- BSc, Agriculture/Horticulture, Western Kentucky University, USA, 2000
- Fellow, The Linnean Society of London
- Member, IUCN/SSC South Atlantic Islands Plant Specialist Group (2007-2010)
Green, P.W.C., Hamilton, M.A., Sanchez, M.D. & Fang, R. (2017)
Phenotypic plasticity in the emission of terpenes by a threatened pine species (Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis): effects of scale infestation and environment.
Forestry (Lond) 2017 1-8.
Hamilton, M.A. (2016).
Boraginaceae Varronia rupicola (Urb.) Britton: Biogeography, systematic placement and conservation genetics of a threatened species endemic to the Caribbean.
PhD Thesis. Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Sanchez, M. D., Ingrouille, M. J., Cowan, R., Hamilton, M. A. & Fay, M. (2014).
Spatial structure and genetic diversity of natural populations of the Caribbean pine, Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis (Pinaceae), in the Bahaman archipelago.
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 359–383.
Hardman, C. J., Williams, S., Manco, B. & Hamilton, M. A. (2012).
Predicting the potential threat of Casuarina equisetifolia L. for three endemic plants in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Oryx 46: 204-212.
Malumphy, C., Hamilton, M. A., Manco, B. N., Green, P. W. C, Sanchez, M. D., Corcoran, M. R. & Salamanca, E. (2012).
Toumeyella parvicornis (Hemiptera: Coccidae), causing severe decline of Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Florida Entomologist 95:113-119.
Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Identifying key sites for plant and habitat conservation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Identifying and conserving resilient habitats in the British Virgin Islands
Informing conservation of globally threatened biodiversity by identifying forest habitats resilient to natural disasters in the British Virgin Islands.