Professor Michael F Fay

Senior Research Leader

Michael Fay
Biography Plus

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.

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • 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
Selected publications Plus

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

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