Markus Ruhsam: Plant Molecular Ecologist
Phone: +44 (0)131 248 2859
Fax: +44 (0)131 248 2901
I have been a field botanist for more than 20 years and started my scientific career with the MSc course in "Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants" at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh/University of Edinburgh. I then worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the Rubiaceae World Checklist and on various aspects of Rubiaceae taxonomy. After the completion of this project I did a PhD at the University of Edinburgh investigating the evolutionary consequences of hybridisation between inbreeding and outcrossing plant taxa using Geum urbanum (Rosaceae) and G. rivale as study species.
Current research interests
- Conservation genetics of the British Flora
- Evolutionary consequences of hybridisation between plant taxa with different mating systems
- Effects of fragmentation on populations
- Plant speciation
Govaerts R, RUHSAM M, Andersson L, Robbrecht E, Bridson D, Davis A, Schanzer I, Sonké B World Checklist of Rubiaceae. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/rubiaceae/
RUHSAM M, Hollingsworth PM, Ennos RA (2011) Early evolution in a hybrid swarm between outrossing and selfing lineages in Geum. Heredity 107: 246-255
RUHSAM M, Hollingsworth PM, Squirrell J, Ennos RA (2010) Significant differences in outcrossing rate, self-incompatibility and inbreeding depression between two widely hybridising species of Geum. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01552.x
Davis AP, Govaerts R, Bridson D, RUHSAM M, Moat J, Brummitt N (2009) A global assessment of distribution, diversity, endemism, and taxonomic effort in the Rubiaceae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 96: 68-78.
RUHSAM M, Govaerts R, Davis AP (2008) Nomenclatural changes in preparation for a World Rubiaceae Checklist. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 115-124.
RUHSAM M, Davis AP (2007) A taxonomic revision of the genus Flagenium Baill. (Rubiaceae-Octotropideae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 557-570.
Davis AP & RUHSAM M (2005). Five new combinations and one new name in Rubiaceae from south-east Asia. Blumea 50: 575-578.