Dr Zoe Goodwin
Dr Zoë Goodwin, South American Biodiversity Researcher
I am a tropical botanist specialising in the Neotropical flora, in particular I am interested in the savanna and dry forests of Central and South America.
After my MSc I spent much of my time collecting and identifying plants in the forests and lowland savannas of Belize, Central America. During my PhD I investigated the history of tropical taxa through herbarium specimens, and how these herbarium specimens have influenced our understanding of tropical diversity.
I am currently working as postdoctoral researcher in the Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests of the Marañón valley in Peru, an inter-Andean valley which is famous for its exceptional number of endemic species. With our partners in Lima I will be working to complete an inventory of the plants found in the valley.
I also specialise in teaching the vegetative identification of tropical plant families and general field identification skills. I am a regular course leader on the RBGE's MSc in ‘Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants’ field course in Belize and Colombia.
In '20-21 I am the course leader for the 'Evolution of Plants' module and I am a tutor on the 'Biodiversity of Angiosperm' module for the MSc. I am also the MSc student liason for the autumn term.
- Selected Publications
Goodwin, Z.A. et al. (2020) How long does it take to discover a species? Systematics and Biodiversity
Goodwin, Z.A. et al. (2020) Belize and the RBGE: Reflecting on 16 years of collaborative training. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 77 (2): 291–309
Goodwin, Z.A. et al. (2015) Widespread mistaken identity in tropical plant collections. Current Biology 25 (22): R1066–R1067
Goodwin, Z.A. et al. (2013) A checklist of the vascular plants of the lowland savannas of Belize, Central America. Phytotaxa 101 (1): 1–119
Hicks, J., Goodwin, Z.A. et al. (2011) A floristic description of the San Pastor Savanna, Belize, Central America. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 68 (2): 273–296
- Selected Media Coverage
Z.A. Goodwin (2016) Lets talk about coffee – correctly. Standart 6: 20-23
- PhD, Univ. Oxford, 2018. “Completing the global inventory of plants–Species discovery and diversity”
- MSc Biodiversity & Taxonomy of Plants, Univ. Edinburgh & Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2006. “Floral evolution in the Streptocarpus cyaneus (Moore) complex”
- BSc Environmental Biology, Univ. St Andrews, 2005. “Further investigation into possible gene flow between sympatric Senecio glaucus L. and Senecio vernalis Waldst. & Kit. in Israel: evidence for a previously undetected hybrid swarm.”
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