10 February 2022
Rafaël H A Govaerts
Senior Content Editor
My role involves compilation and curation of core plant names datasets in particular the World checklist of selected plant families (WCSP) and datasets resulting from it like the Plant List (TPL)and the Plants of the World Online. I manage the International Plant Names Index (IPNI) team at Kew and a global network of reviewers and compilers for WCSP resulting in peer reviewed and high quality data. My research focuses on large scale questions that can be answered using the extensive World checklist dataset. I also deal with a wide range of queries received via the IPNI, WCSP and TPL websites from users worldwide as well as from specialists with whom I closely collaborate. Research into standardisation methods for the plant name and concept data and provision of information relevant to technical developments and funding proposals. I provide support to science staff and colleagues in nomenclature and taxonomy.
- BSc (Hons), EHSAL, 1994
- Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London
Darbyshire, I. & Govaerts, R. (2017)
A synopsis of Chlamydocardia (Acanthaceae) including Linocalix.
Kew Bulletin 72: 1–5.
Thiede, J. & Govaerts, R. (2017).
New combinations in Agave (Asparagaceae): A. amica, A. nanchititlensis, and A. quilae.
Phytotaxa 306: 237–240.
Boltenkov, E.V. & Govaerts, R. (2017)
Typification of names and nomenclatural notes on juno irises (Iridaceae) from Western Asia, Western Europe, and North Africa.
Vorontsova, M., Clark, L.G., Dransfield, H., Govaerts, R.H.A., Wilkinson, T. & Baler, W.J. (2016).
World Atlas of Bamboos and Rattans.
International Network of Bamboo and Rattan & the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Sandel, B., Monnet, A.-C., Govaerts, R.H.A. & Vorontsova, M. (2016).
Late Quaternary climate stability and the origins and future of global grass endemism.
Annals of Botany 119: 279–288.