Dr Zoe Goodwin
Dr Zoë Goodwin, Postgraduate Programme Co-ordinator
I am the Postgraduate Programme Co-ordinator for the RBGE's MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants. I am course leader for the 'Evolution of Plants' and 'Biodiversity of Angiosperms' modules and I also help teach the 'Tropical Plant Identification' module. I specialise in teaching the vegetative identification of tropical plant families and general field identification skills.
I am also 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 continue to work on the flora of Belize and 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.
- 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
St Lucia (2005) - Numbers 1-100 are held at the National Herbarium of St Lucia & UPRRP.
Goodwin, Zoë. 2022. Natural history specimens collected and/or identified and deposited. [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3581428
- Selected Media Coverage
Linnean Society Talk: Stories from Plant Collections: Science, History and Culture (Talk and Q&A)
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.”
- Project - Lowland Savanna of Belize
Darwin Initiative Project 17-022 Conservation of the lowland savanna ecosystem in Belize
Searchable end of project database (BRAHMS online)
Specimens held at E (search for Collector Surname/Expedition = "Goodwin" + Country = "Belize")
Field guides to the flora of the lowland savanna of Belize:
- Project - Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests of the Marañón valley in Peru
Newton-Paulet Funded project website: Increasing knowledge of dry and montane ecosystems across Peru
Paúl Gonzáles, Asunción Cano, Tiina Särkinen, Zoë Goodwin, Niels Valencia, Inés Sachahuamán y José Luis Marcelo-Peña. Las plantas comunes del bosque seco del Marañón Biodiversidad para las comunidades locales
Oldroyd, Lizzie. 2010. Illustrated user-friendly identification key to the Cyperaceae of Belize.
Tesh, Jonathan P. 2012. A survey of floral structure in Drypetes Vahl (Putranjivaceae) and related genera.
Bogle, Aubrie. 2021. A Phytogeographic Analysis of the Lowland Savannas in Belize.
Kou, Tianze. 2022. Taxonomic revision of the Leguminosae genus Ctenodon in the Marañón Valley.
- Dr Caroline Lehmann, Head of Tropical Diversity
- Dr Hannah Atkins
- Dr Mark Hughes
- Dr Catherine Kidner
- Dr Michael Möller
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- Dr Kanae Nishii
- Sanna Olander
- Jess Rickenback
- Madhavi Sreenath
- Thibauld Michel
- Briggitthe Melchor Castro
- Elliot Convery-Fisher, PhD Candidate
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