As Senior Research Leader of Diversity & Livelihoods I lead a research group developing plant diversity approaches to support communities in locations and economies where nutritional, income and biodiversity issues are of paramount importance.
I am a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests aiming to support the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources. A major component of the work I am involved in is to develop projects that maximise their conservation benefits, through a holistic approach linking conservation and livelihoods. I also work on the conservation biology of threatened plant species and have a strong interest in their in situ conservation and reintroduction.
Strategic Outputs 2020
Output leader for Useful Plants and Fungi Portal
- Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Sciences, University of Ca ' Foscari, Italy, 1997
- BSc, Environmental Sciences (Plant Ecology), University of Greenwich, 1999
- PhD, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, 2004
Seal CE, Daws M..I, Flores J. Ortega-Baes P., Galíndez G., León-Lobos P., Sandoval A., Stuva A.C., Bullón N.R., Dávila-Aranda P., Ordoñez-Salanueva C.A., Yáñez-Espinosa L., Ulian T., Amosso C, Zubani L, Bilbao A.T., Pritchard H.W. (2017)
Thermal buffering capacity of the germination phenotype to global temperature change across the environmental envelope of the Cactaceae
Global Change Biology 23: 5309-5317 Available online
Mattana, E., Manger, K., Way, M., Ulian, T., Garcia, R., Encarnacion, W., Jimenez, F. (2017)
A new seed bank for Hispaniola to support the conservation and sustainable use of the Caribbean native flora
Oryx, 51(3), 394-395. doi:10.1017/S0030605317000692
Ulian, T., Sacande, M., Hudson, A., Mattana, E. (2016) The MGU – Useful Plants Project:
Conservation of indigenous plants to support community livelihoods
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Available online
Rodríguez-Arévalo, I., Mattana, E., García, L., Liu, U., Lira, R., Dávila, P., Hudson, A., Pritchard, H.W., Ulian, T. (2016)
Conserving seeds of useful wild plants in Mexico: main issues and recommendations
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. Vol. 63 No 6: 1-50. Available online
Ulian, T., Mattana, E., Pritchard, H.W., Bacchetta, G. (2016)
Enhancing science-based conservation of Sardinian threatened flora
Oryx, 50(2): 205
Balancing conservation and livelihoods in the Chimanimani Forest belt, Mozambique
Conservation and sustainable development with communities in the Chimanimani forest belt.
Saving threatened forests of Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic
Supporting reforestation through seed conservation - a collaborative research programme between the Jardín Botánico Nacional in Santo Domingo and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the conservation of useful tree species in the Dominican Republic.
Science-based conservation of tree species in Mexico
Supporting reforestation through seed conservation - a collaborative research programme between the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM, México and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the conservation of useful tree species in Mexico.
- Boyacá’s Useful Plants
- GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub
- Great Green Wall cross-border pilot project (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger)
- Kew – Colombia Bio Programme
- Project MGU - the Useful Plants Project
- Restoring the traditional Mediterranean diet through the conservation of wild edible plants