I am based in the Cytogenetic Laboratory and measure genome size of plants and fungi across a range of groups. I assist and train staff and students in flow cytometry and am involved in producing data that contributes to a number of projects. I am also interested in understanding genome size evolution in the diverse succulent plant family Aizoaceae.
- PhD, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 2017 (awarded South African Association of Botanists Bronze medal for best PhD thesis)
- MSc, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2013
- BA (Hons), University of Pretoria, 2011
Powell, R.F., Boatwright, J.S., Klak, C. & Magee, A.R. (2018).
Phytotaxa 336: 299–300.
Powell, R.F., Klak, C., Boatwright, J.S. & Magee, A.R. (2017).
Systematic Botany 42: 943–963.
Powell, R.F., Boatwright, J.S., Klak, C. & Magee, A.R. (2017).
Expansion of Cheiridopsis to include Ihlenfeldtia and Odontophorus, with insights into generic and subgeneric circumscriptions within the Conophytum-clade.
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society184: 457–484.
Powell, R.F., Boatwright, J.S., Klak, C. & Magee, A.R. (2016).
Phylogenetic placement and generic re-circumscriptions of the multilocular genera Arenifera, Octopoma and Schlechteranthus (Aizoaceae: Ruschieae): Evidence from anatomical, morphological and plastid DNA data.
Taxon 65(2): 249-261.
Powell, R.F., Boatwright, J.S. & Magee, A.R. (2014).
A taxonomic revision of the Cotulacoronopifolia group (Asteraceae) and implications for the conservations statuses of the species.
South African Journal of Botany 93: 105-117.
Evolution of Asteraceae in the European Alps
Improving our understanding of the role of polyploidy and chromosomal rearrangements as evolutionary drivers in alpine ecosystems.
Uncovering the genomic diversity of plants
Understanding how plants have diversified, the underlying mechanisms that promote genomic-level changes and the evolutionary and ecological consequences of this over time.