Rhian J. Smith

Senior Science Editor


Job title: 
Senior Science Editor


As Senior Science Editor I provide high-level editorial services for some of Kew’s major scientific outputs, such as State of the World’s Plants, and internal editorial support for scientific reports, strategic documents and general scientific content.


Qualifications and appointments: 

•PhD, Univ. Dublin (Trinity College), 2004

•PG Dip. Statistics (Distinction), Univ. Dublin (Trinity College), 2001

•BSc (1st class Hons), Univ. Wales (Cardiff), 1997


•Editor for Restoration Ecology (2009-2013)

•Editor for Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization (2008-2013)


Selected publications: 

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., 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., Waldren, S. (2013). Gynodioecy in Campanula trachelium L. New Journal of Botany 3: 117–121.

Smith, R. J., Hopper, S. D., Shane, M. W. (2011). Sand-binding roots in Haemodoraceae: global survey and morphology in a phylogenetic context. Plant and Soil 348: 453–470.

Smith, R. J., 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., Chase, M. W. (2009). Molecular phylogenetics of Haemodoraceae in the Greater Cape and Southwest Australian Floristic Regions. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 19–30.