Jenny Williams

Senior Spatial Analyst


As the Senior Spatial Analyst, I am responsible for the day to day delivery of an efficient and effective Spatial Analysis Service for Kew Science, actively contributing to research and consultancy projects, as well as teaching and supervising Kew’s many students including our MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation. The role is very diverse and utilises many different spatial techniques and software products to achieve desired research outputs. I have a broad experience in conducting vegetation mapping using remote sensing and GIS techniques, and have used my extensive spatial analysis skills to focus on species distribution models, such as the determination and assessment of current and future coffee forests in Ethiopia. I am currently applying my expertise to the global designation of Tropical Important Plant Areas, through habitat specific, spatially accurate, robust and defensible analyses which will also support conservation prioritisation.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MA, Geography, San Diego State University, USA, 2005
  • BSc, Geography, University of Sheffield, 1999


Selected publications: 

Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, T., Gole, T.W., Challa, Z.K., Demissew, S., & Davis, A.P. (2017). Resilience potential of the Ethiopian coffee sector under climate change. Nature Plants 3: 17081 (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nplants.2017.81. Available online

Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, Demissew, S., Challa, Z.K., T., Gole, T.W. & Davis, A.P. (2017). Coffee Farming and Climate Change in Ethiopia: Impacts, Forecasts, Resilience and Opportunities. Summary Report 2017. The Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK). Pp. 37. Download pdf

Darbyshire, I., Halski, B., Williams, J., Baines, D., Clubbe, C. & McCarthy, B. (2017). Important Plant Areas. In: K. J. Willis (Ed.), State of the World’s Plants. Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (pp32 – 35). Available online

Upson, R., Williams, J. J., Wilkinson, T. P., Clubbe, C. P., Maclean, I. M. D., McAdam, J. H., & Moat, J. F. (2016). Potential impacts of climate change on native plant distributions in the Falkland Islands. PLoS ONE 11(11), 1–20.

Neigh, C. S. R., Bolton, D. K., Williams, J. J. & Diabate, M. (2014). Evaluating an automated approach for monitoring forest disturbances in the Pacific Northwest from logging, fire and insect outbreaks with Landsat time series data. Forests 5, 3169-3198. doi:10.3390/f5123169 Available online

Neigh, C., Bolton, D., Diabate, M., Williams, J. & Carvalhais, N. (2014). An automated approach to map the history of forest disturbance from insect mortality and harvest with Landsat time-series data. Remote Sensing 6(4): 2782–2808. doi:10.3390/rs6042782 Available online