Markus Ruhsam: Plant Molecular Ecologist

Email: m.ruhsam@rbge.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)131 248 2859

Fax: +44 (0)131 248 2901

Background

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

Publications

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/

2014

Li FW, Villarreal JC, Kelly S, Rothfels CJ, Melkonian M, Frangedakis E, RUHSAM M, Sigel EM, Der JP, Pittermann J, Burge DO, Pokorny L, Larsson A, Chen T, Weststrand S, Thomas P, Carpenter E, Zhang Y, Tian Z, Chen L, Yan Z, Zhu Y, Sun X, Wang J, Stevenson DW, Crandall-Stotler BJ, Shaw AJ, Deyholos MK, Soltis DE, Graham SW, Windham MD, Langdale JA, Wong GKS, Mathews S & KM Pryer (2014) Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns PNAS 2014 111: 6672-6677

RUHSAM M, Jacobs T, Watson K, Hollingsworth PM (2014). Is hybridisation a threat to Rumex aquaticus in Britain? Plant Ecology & Diversity published ahead of print August 13, 2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2014.941956

2013

Rothfels CJ, Larsson A, Li F-W, Sigel EM, Huiet L, Burge DO, RUHSAM M, Graham SW, Stevenson DW, Wong GK-S, Korall P, Pryer KM. (2013) Transcriptome-Mining for Single-Copy Nuclear Markers in Ferns. Plos One 8: e76957

RUHSAM M, Hollingsworth PM, Ennos RA. (2013) Patterns of mating, generation of diversity, and fitness of offspring in a Geum hybrid swarm. Evolution 67: 2728-2740.

2011

RUHSAM M, Hollingsworth PM, Ennos RA (2011) Early evolution in a hybrid swarm between outrossing and selfing lineages in Geum. Heredity 107: 246-255

2010

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. 101: 977-990

2009

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.

2008

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.

2007

RUHSAM M, Davis AP (2007) A taxonomic revision of the genus Flagenium Baill. (Rubiaceae-Octotropideae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 557-570.

2005

Davis AP & RUHSAM M (2005). Five new combinations and one new name in Rubiaceae from south-east Asia. Blumea 50: 575-578.

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