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
Conserving native useful trees of Mexico to maintain its natural capital
Maintaining the natural capital of Mexican forests through research and conservation of useful native tree seeds.
Balancing conservation and livelihoods in the Chimanimani Forest belt, Mozambique
Conservation and sustainable development with communities in the Chimanimani forest belt.
Boyacá’s Forgotten Kingdom
This project is designed to explore the diversity of the Kingdom Fungi in Boyacá, Colombia.
GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub
Turning plant diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa into an economic resource for community livelihoods.
Global Tree Seed Bank Programme
Conserving some of the world’s rarest, endangered and useful tree and shrub species as well as conducting vital tree conservation research in order to retain a significant resource for humanity.
Great Green Wall cross-border pilot project (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger)
Reversing land degradation and desertification in Africa’s drylands, boosting food security, and supporting local communities in adapting to climate change and sustainably using their natural resources.
Kew – Colombia Bio Programme
Transforming the Colombian economy into one based on green growth by assisting the country to make sustainable use of its natural capital and rich biodiversity.
Project MGU - the Useful Plants Project
Enhancing the ex situ conservation of native useful plants for human wellbeing across Africa and Mexico by building the capacity of local communities to successfully conserve and use these species sustainably.
Restoring the traditional Mediterranean diet through the conservation of wild edible plants
Promoting the sustainable use of the traditional Eastern Mediterranean diet, through the preservation of traditional knowledge and science-based conservation of wild edible plants in Jordan and Lebanon.
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.
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
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.
Ulian, T., Sacande, M., Hudson, A., Mattana, E. (2016) The MGU – Useful Plants Project:
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60: 668 - 683.
Rodríguez-Arévalo, I., Mattana, E., García, L., Liu, U., Lira, R., Dávila, P., Hudson, A., Pritchard, H.W., & Ulian, T. (2016)
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 63: 1-50.
Ulian, T., Mattana, E., Pritchard, H.W., Bacchetta, G. (2016).
Oryx, 50(2): 205