Hannah Atkins

Hannah Atkins

Tropical Botanist - Gesneriaceae

Email: Hannah Atkins

I am currently working on Cyrtandra, the largest genus in the Gesneriaceae with over 800 species. It is a predominantly SE Asian group, with centres of diversity in New Guinea, Borneo and the Philippines, but its distribution also extends across the Pacific to Hawaii. This exceptional species diversity, high levels of local endemism and wide distribution make it an ideal candidate for looking at biogeographic questions in the region and investigating the processes which underlie modern patterns of biodiversity.

My current research focuses on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. A knowledge of the affinities of the flora of this island, at the heart of SE Asia, is crucial to understanding both the biogeography of the region and the evolution of many SE Asian plant groups (see poster).


Selected Publications

Moller, M., Chen, W.H., Shui, Y.M., Atkins, H. & Middleton, D.J. 2014. A new genus of Gesneriaceae in China and the transfer of Briggsia species to other genera. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 66(2): 195—205

Middleton, D.J., Atkins, H., Luu Hong Truong, Nishii, K. & Moller, M. 2014. Billolivia, a new genus of Gesneriaceae from Vietnam with five new species. Phytotaxa 161(4): 241-269

Atkins, H.J., Bramley, G.L.C. & Clark, J.R. 2013. Current knowledge and future directions in the taxonomy of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae), with a new estimate of species number. Selbyana 31(2): 157–165

Clark, J.R., Atkins, H.J., Bramley, G.L.C., Jolles, D., Roalson, E.H. & Wagner, W.L. 2013. Towards a phylogenetically-informed taxonomic revision of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) in the Solomon Islands. Selbyana 31(2): 166-183

Bone, R. & Atkins, H. 2013. Four new species of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) from the Latimojong Mountains, South Sulawesi. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 70(3): 455-468

Haston, E., Cubey, R., Pullan, M., Atkins, H. & Harris, D.  2012. Developing integrated workflows for the digitisation of herbarium specimens using a modular and scalable approach. ZooKeys 209: Special Issue: 93—102

Mendum, M. & Atkins, H.J. 2004. The Gesneriaceae of Sulawesi I: an introduction. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 60(3): 299—304

Atkins, H.J. 2004. The Gesneriaceae of Sulawesi II: Seven new species of Cyrtandra. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 60(3): 305—321

Atkins, H. & Hyam, R. 2004. Gramineae. In Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. Ethnoflora of the Soqotra Archipelago. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Farmer, J.G., Eades, L.J., Atkins, H. & Chamberlain, D.F.  2002.  Historical trends in the lead isotopic composition of archival Sphagnum mosses from Scotland (1838—2000).  Environmental Science and Technology 36(2): 152—157.

Atkins, H, Preston, J & Cronk, Q.C.B.  2001.  A molecular test of Huxley’s Line: Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) in Borneo and the Philippines.  Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 72: 143-159

Atkins, H & Cronk, Q.C.B.  2001.  The genus Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) in Palawan, Philippines.  Edinburgh Journal of Botany 58:(3): 443-458

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Cyrtandra luteiflora H.J.Atkins from Sulawesi

Cyrtandra luteiflora H.J.Atkins from Sulawesi

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