My role as Senior Science Editor is to support the Director of Science in the development of strategic documents and to provide rigorous scientific review and editing of major internal and external documents and academic papers. This has involved compiling, editing and managing the production of key strategic documents, including Kew's Science Strategy, Science Collections Strategy and State of the World's Plants and Fungi. I also coordinate the Director of Science’s research programme. My research interests are in conservation genetics, phylogenetics, and the evolution of Haemodoraceae.
- PhD, Trinity College Dublin, 2004
- Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (Distinction), 2002
- BSc (1st Class Hons) Ecology and Environmental Management, Cardiff University, 1997
- Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Pellegrini, M. O. O., Hickman, E. J., Guttiérrez, J. E., Smith, R. J., & Hopper, S. D. (2020).
PhytoKeys, 169: 1-59.
Antonelli, A., Smith, R.J. and Simmonds, M.S.J. (2019)
Nature Plants, 5(11): 1100–1102.
Cowling, R.M., Potts, A.J., Bradshaw, P.L., Colville, J., Arianoutsou, M., Ferrier, S., Forest, F., Fyllas, N.M., Hopper, S. D., Ojeda, F., Proches, S., Smith, R.J., Rundel, P.W., Vassilakis, E. and Zutta, B.R. (2015).
Variation in plant diversity in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems: the role of climatic and topographical stability.
Journal of Biogeography 42: 552–564.
Smith, R.J., Hopper, S.D. and Shane, M.W. (2011).
Plant and Soil 348: 453–470.
Smith, R.J. and Waldren, S. (2010).
Patterns of genetic variation in Colchicum autumnale L. and its conservation status in Ireland: a broader perspective on local plant conservation.
Conservation Genetics 11: 1351–1361.
Hopper, S.D., Smith, R.J., Fay, M.F., Manning, J.C. and Chase, M.W. (2009).
Molecular phylogenetics of Haemodoraceae in the Greater Cape and Southwest Australian Floristic Regions.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 19–30.