Professor Julie Hawkins
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Philip Lyle, 208
Professor of Plant Systemics and Evolution
- Deputy Head of School
- Head of Evolution research group
- Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Chair of Athena Swan Self Assessment Team
- Admissions Tutor MSc Plant Diversity
Areas of Interest
- Phylogeny and evolution of flowering plants: Fabales, Cactaceae, Orchidaceae, Commiphora
- Phylogenetic patterns in traditional medicinal plant use
- Molecular marker data to determine identity, parentage or provenance of economically important plant species
- Herbarium specimen data and past environments
- Funded by The Leverhulme Trust, John Spedan Lewis Foundation, BBSRC/NERC (CoSyst), DEFRA (Darwin Initiative), EU FP7
- Centre for Plant Diversity and Systematics
- Evolution Research Group
Impact, Enterprise and Outreach
- Member of management team for MEDPLANT EU ITN, a network including seven industrial partners
- Funded to work with British Pharmacopoeia Laboratory at the MHRA, to incorporate DNA barcoding in their monographs of medicinal plant products available in the UK
- National and international coverage of DNA certification of cacti Certification of Endangered Mexican Cacti (See 'Publications/In the News') and medicinal plant phylogeny www.saslislagoudakis.com (See 'Coverage')
- Developed computer-based evolution teaching materials for schools for the Wellcome Trust
- 2010-2012 Research Council of Norway Biological Sciences Research Grants review panel.
- 2010 -2012 Panel member for BBSRC/NERC Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) scheme
- Chair of BBRSC Collaborative Scheme for Systematics Research (2006-2009), responsible for
- Designing and implementing an online applications procedure
- Appointing the five scientific members of the review panel, convening meetings and chairing the meetings
- Determining if applications received lie outside the expertise of panel members, and recruiting additional (virtual) assessors
- Elected member of the Systematics Association Council 1998-2001 and 2004-2008
- Member of the Scientific Meetings Committee of the Systematics Association Council 2004-2006
- Chair of the Systematics Association Grants and Awards Committee 2006-2008
- Chair of the joint Linnaean Society/Systematics Association Systematics Research Fund (SRF) responsible for the distribution of NERC, Linnaean Society and Systematics Association funds, 2006-2008
- Member of the Consortium for the Barcoding of Life
- Part 1: Plant Diversity, Structure and Utilisation
- Part 2: Evolution
- Part 3: Plants, Animals and Climate Change
- MSc: Research and Professional Skills, Molecular Systematics, Critical Discussion of Literature in Plant Diversity Science
- Dr Ben Warren - 2004-2007 Leverhulme Academic Network The South African Big Genera Group
- Dr Chris Yesson. 2008-2009 Darwin Initiative Certification of Endangered Mexican Cacti
- Dr Sramko Gabor. Phylogenetics of the orchid genus Himantoglossum
- Elspeth Haston (2003) ) A phylogenetic investigation of the Peltophorum group (Caesalpinieae, Leguminosae) and taxonomic revision of the genus Conzattia Rose.
- Neil Bell (2003) Research Database Tuhat: phylogenetic analysis of taxa critical for the understanding of relationships and the evolution of morphological characters (first supervisor Angela Newton, Natural History Museum, London).
- Felix Forest (2004) Systematics of Fabales and Polygalaceae with emphasis on Muraltia and the origin of the Cape flora (first supervisor Peter Crane, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
- John Galey (2004) Linking developmental process & evolutionary pattern: evolution of leaf morphology in the Leguminoseae.
- Rolando Bárcenas Luna (2004) Systematics of Grusonia F. Rchb. Ex Britton and Rose (Opuntioideae: Cactaceae).
- Dawn Edwards (2005) Systematic studies of the South African Endemic Aspalathus (Fabaceae) and the Genistoid s.l. clade. RHS Staff page
- Alistair Griffiths (2006) The role of ex-situ management in the conservation of the critically endangered Seychelles endemic Impatiens gordonii (first supervisor Peter Whitbread-Abrutat, Eden Project, Cornwall). Dr. Alistair Griffiths (RHS)
- Dion Devey (2007) Systematics and conservation of Mediterranean insect-mimicking orchids (Ophrys) (first supervisor Richard Bateman, Kew/Natural History Museum, London).Dr. Dion Devey (Kew Gardens)
- Martyn Powell (2007) - Neotropical diversity - insights from phylogeny, ecology and cellular biology in Oncidioid orchids (first supervisor Vincent Savolainen, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). Martyn Powell (Kew Gardens)
- Maria Angelica Bello Gutierrez (2008) - Evolution of the floral traits of Polygalaceae: an evolutionary developmental genetics approach (co-supervisor Dr Paula Rudall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Angelica Bello Gutierrez (RJB)
- Dhafer A-Zahrani (2010) Systematics of Saudi Arabian Burseraceae.
- Victor Rodriguez (2011) Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Ariocarpus (Cacataceae). Victor Manuel Rodriguez Garcia
- Charilaos Saslis-Lagoudakis (2011) Evolutionary Origin of Medicinal Properties in Plants (co-supervised by Vincent Savolainen, Imperial College and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Elizabeth Williamson, University of Reading).Dr. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis
Research groups / Centres
Other Refereed Journal Articles
Robbirt, KM, Roberts, DL and Hawkins, JA (2006) Comparing IUCN and probabilistic assessments of threat: do IUCN red list criteria conflate rarity and threat? Biodiversity and Conservation 15:1903–1912
Hawkins, JA, White, L, Hughes, CE, Contreras-Jiménez, JL, Mercado, P (1999) Investigation and documentation of hybridisation between Parkinsonia aculeata and Cercidium praecox (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 216: 49-68.
Hawkins, JA and Harris, SA (1998) RAPD markers and the characterisation of putative hybrids: two case studies in neotropical legumes. Plant Systematics and Evolution 213: 43-55.
Hawkins, JA, Hughes, CE and Scotland, RW (1997) Primary homology, characters and character states. Cladistics 13: 275-283.
I. Books edited
Bateman, RM, Cronk, QC and Hawkins, JA (eds) (2002) Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution. Taylor and Francis, London and New York. [I played a substantial role in commissioning and reviewing the chapters of this conference volume, organising the themes to run through the volume as well as copy editing more than a third of the chapters]
II. Refereed Book Chapters
Maunder, M, Hawkins, JA, Hughes, CE, and Culham, A (2004) Hybridisation in ex situ plant collections: conservation liabilities and opportunities In Strategies for Survival: ex-situ plant conservation. Edited by EO Guerrant, K. Havens and M Maunder. Island Press, Washington. [This chapter arose out of discussions I had with Maunder, we produced the first draft of the chapter bringing in other authors at a later date]
Hawkins, JA (2002) Evolutionary developmental biology: impact on systematic theory and practice, and the contribution of systematics, pp 32-51 in Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution. Edited by RM Bateman, QC Cronk and JA Hawkins. Taylor and Francis, London and New York.
Hawkins, JA (2000) A survey of Primary Homology Assessment: different botanists perceive and define characters in different ways, pp 22-53 in Homology & Systematics: coding characters for phylogenetic analysis. Edited by RW Scotland & RT Pennington. Taylor & Francis; London. [This work, although published in a hard-to-access hardback book, has been cited 14 times since 2005 and is considered a key paper in morphological phylogenetics]