I head the Conservation Genetics team in the Conservation Science Department. The aim of the team is to use modern techniques to investigate the genetics of rare species and to clarify their relationships, using the data collected to inform conservation management decisions. The team has a focus on species in the UK and the UK Overseas Territories, but also works on species from elsewhere.
I am a geneticist with wide-ranging interests in biodiversity conservation and phylogenetics, with a strong focus on orchids.
- BSc, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1981
- PhD, University of Wales, 1989
- Individual Merit Promotion, 2011
- Chair, IUCN/SSC Orchid Specialist Group
- IUCN Plant Conservation Subcommittee
- Global Strategy for Plant Conservation UK Implementation Group
- Editor in Chief, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
García-Verdugo, C. & Fay, M. F. (2014)
Ecology and evolution on oceanic islands: broadening the botanical perspective
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 271-275. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12154
Fay, M. F., Kelly, L. J., Micheneau, C., Paun, O. & Whitten, W. M. (2013)
Developing conservation genetics tools for non-model species in the era of next-generation sequencing
In: Elliott, J., Kurzweil, H.F., O’Byrne, P., Tan, K. W., van der Schans, A.S., Wong, S.M. & Yam, T.W. (eds.), Where new and old world orchids meet (Proceedings of the 20th World Orchid Conference). Singapore: National Parks Board & Orchid Society of Southeast Asia, 173-177
Ennos, R. A., Whitlock, R., Fay. M. F., Jones, B., Neaves, L. E., Payne, R., Taylor, I., de Vere, N. & Hollingsworth, P. M. (2012)
Process-based Species Action Plans: an approach to conserve contemporary evolutionary processes that sustain diversity in taxonomically complex groups
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 194-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01206.x
Pedersen, H. Æ., Rasmussen, H. N., Kahandawala, I. M. & Fay, M. F. (2012)
Genetic diversity, compatibility patterns and seed quality in isolated populations of Cypripedium calceolus (Orchidaceae)
Conservation Genetics13: 89-98. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-011-0267-0
Pellicer, J., Clermont, S., Houston, L., Rich T. C. G. & Fay, M. F. (2012)
Cytotype diversity in the Sorbus complex (Rosaceae) in Britain: sorting out the puzzle
Annals of Botany 110: 1185–1193. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcs185
Genetic studies of Cypripedium calceolus (the lady’s slipper orchid)
Investigating population genetics in the lady’s slipper orchid to inform the reintroduction programme for this threatened species.
UK National Tree Seed Project
Ensuring that high quality, genetically diverse seed and associated data from UK trees and shrubs are available to support conservation and research.
UK Native Seed Hub
The UK Native Seed Hub (UKNSH) was launched in 2011. It's purpose is to mobilise RBG Kew's seed collections, facilities and expertise to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration.