Dr Marybel Soto Gomez

Project Manager

Marybel Soto Gomez

Trait Diversity and Function


Character Evolution


Phylogenomics, plant systematics and evolution, crop wild relatives

My research interests lay at the interface of plant evolution, systematics, crop wild relatives, and agrobiodiversity. At Kew, I am responsible for managing a project on the sustainable use and conservation of Ethiopia's rich plant bioresources for enhancing local food security and socio-economic development. I am additionally leading phylogenomic studies to (i) resolve the contentious evolutionary history of the monocot order Dioscoreales, and (ii) identify crop wild relatives of the major yam crop, Dioscorea alata. Please contact me if you are interested in a collaboration.

  • BSc Land and Food Systems (Hons), University of British Columbia, 2007
  • PhD Botany, University of British Columbia, 2020

Soto Gomez, M., Lin, Q., da Silva Leal, E., Gallaher, T., Scherberich, D., Mennes, C.B., Smith, S.Y. & Graham, S.W. (2020).

A bi-organellar phylogenomic study of Pandanales: inference of higher-order relationships and unusual rate-variation patterns.

Cladistics 36: 481–504.

Soto Gomez, M., Pokorny, L., Kantar, M.B., Forest, F., Leitch, I.J., Gravendeel, B., Wilkin, P., Graham, S.W. & Viruel, J. (2019).

A customized nuclear target enrichment approach for developing a phylogenomic baseline for Dioscorea yams.

Applications in Plant Sciences 7: e11254. 

Pironon, S., & Soto Gomez, M. (2020).

Plant agrodiversity to the rescue.

Nature Climate Change (News and Views)

Starko, S., Soto Gomez, M., Darby, H., Demes, K.W., Kawai, H., Yotsukura, N., Lindstrom, S.C., Keeling, P.J., Graham, S.W. & Martone, P.T. (2019).

A comprehensive kelp phylogeny sheds light on the evolution of an ecosystem.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 136: 138–150.

Kantar, M.B., Runck, B.C., Raghavan, B., Joglekar, A.B., Senay, S., Krohn, B., Neyhart, J., Bradeen, J., Soto Gomez, M. & Kjelgren, R. (2019).

The many-faced Janus of plant breeding.

Plants, People, Planet 1: 306–309.

Pironon, S., Borrell, J.S., Ondo, I., Douglas, R., Phillips, C., Khoury, C.K., Kantar, M.B., Fumia, N., Soto Gomez, M., Viruel, J., Govaerts, R., Forest, F. & Antonelli, A. (2020).

Toward unifying global hotspots of wild and domesticated biodiversity.

Plants 9: 1128.

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