Dr Zoe Goodwin
Dr Zoë Goodwin, South American Biodiversity Researcher
I am 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 ‘Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants’ field course in Belize and Colombia.
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 First View
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.”
- Dr Mark Newman
- Hannah Atkins
- Lucia Campos
- Yun-Yu Chen
- Dr Mark Hughes
- Dr Catherine Kidner
- Thibauld Michel
- Dr Michael Möller
- Dr Peter Moonlight
- Dr Kanae Nishii
- Sanna Olander
- Surabhi Ranavat
- Dr James Richardson
- Jess Rickenback
- Dr Louis Ronse De Craene
- Dr Tiina Sarkinen
- Madhavi Sreenath
- Pakkapol Thaowetsuwan
- Dr Peter Wilkie
- Hannah Wilson
Browse through our diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and at all levels
RBGE publications include a range of titles with books on botany and botanical taxonomy, gardening and horticulture, art and history, children’s books and Guidebooks for all of our Gardens.
Knowledge Exchange links the research community with others.
Searchable Resource Centres
View our selection of searchable resource centres.
Check our latest news and connect with our experts
Find the ideal venue for your corporate event
Your dream wedding
The perfect setting to host your truly unique wedding.
Find out how you can support our work at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.