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Plant phylogenomics and systematics
Plant community ecology
Developmental genetics of flowers
Genomics of plants
Crop-wild relatives and crop diversity

Personal profile

Research Interests

Currently researching plant biodiversity and ecology, including the extremes of plant evolution. We integrate the use of novel DNA sequencing approaches.----Working on giant monocot genomes, some of the smallest orchids, and diverse tobaccos from arid regions.----Our group at UoP are investigating the genomic mechanisms underpinning angiosperm species and character diversity, both stochastic and adaptive.----Key interest in polyploidy (WGDs), subsequent diploidisation processes, and their impact on flowering plant diversification.

I am Research Lead for the Ecology & Evolution research group within the School, which includes diverse research themes including: bioremediation, environmental monitoring, antimicrobial resistance, palaeoecology and ecosystem change, evolution of group living, evolutionary ecology of plants, plant domestication, plant-soil dynamics, population genomics of animals and plants, phylogenomics and systematics. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Biology, within the School of Biological Sciences. I teach core botany, as well as evolutionary processes, ecology, plant development, and genetics on a number of modules throughout the curriculum. I am Module Lead for the second-year (L5) module 'Plant Diversity, Development and Evolution' (M32683), as well as the third-year (L6) module 'Surveying Terrestrial Habitats' (M33325) that enables our BSc Biology graduates to pursue careers in ecological surveying.

Additionally, I supervise BSc, MRes and PhD research projects in areas related to my research expertise. 


I am a botanist interested in the origin, variety and maintenance of plant diversity in a number of systems and at a number of different scales. This includes both species and character/trait diversity, and as such my research involves field botany, collections-based research, as well as molecular lab work, omics approaches and computational tools. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Genome skimming for phylogenomics , Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 31 Jan 2016

MSc, Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

MRes, Biosystematics , Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

MA, Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009


  • QK Botany
  • QH301 Biology
  • QH426 Genetics


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  • Phylogenomics and the rise of the angiosperms

    Zuntini, A. R., Carruthers, T., Maurin, O., Bailey, P. C., Leempoel, K., Brewer, G. E., Epitawalage, N., Françoso, E., Gallego-Paramo, B., McGinnie, C., Negrão, R., Roy, S. R., Simpson, L., Toledo Romero, E., Barber, V. M. A., Botigué, L., Clarkson, J. J., Cowan, R. S., Dodsworth, S., Johnson, M. G., & 259 othersKim, J. T., Pokorny, L., Wickett, N. J., Antar, G. M., Debolt, L., Gutierrez, K., Hendriks, K. P., Hoewener, A., Hu, A-Q., Joyce, E. M., Kikuchi, I. A. B. S., Larridon, I., Larson, D. A., De Lírio, E. J., Liu, J-X., Malakasi, P., Przelomska, N. A. S., Shah, T., Viruel, J., Allnutt, T. R., Ameka, G. K., Andrew, R. L., Appelhans, M. S., Arista, M., Ariza, M. J., Arroyo, J., Arthan, W., Bachelier, J. B., Bailey, C. D., Barnes, H. F., Barrett, M. D., Barrett, R. L., Bayer, R. J., Bayly, M. J., Biffin, E., Biggs, N., Birch, J. L., Bogarín, D., Borosova, R., Bowles, A. M. C., Boyce, P. C., Bramley, G. L. C., Briggs, M., Broadhurst, L., Brown, G. K., Bruhl, J. J., Bruneau, A., Buerki, S., Burns, E., Byrne, M., Cable, S., Calladine, A., Callmander, M. W., Cano, Á., Cantrill, D. J., Cardinal-McTeague, W. M., Carlsen, M. M., Carruthers, A. J. A., De Castro Mateo, A., Chase, M. W., Chatrou, L. W., Cheek, M., Chen, S., Christenhusz, M. J. M., Christin, P-A., Clements, M. A., Coffey, S. C., Conran, J. G., Cornejo, X., Couvreur, T. L. P., Cowie, I. D., Csiba, L., Darbyshire, I., Davidse, G., Davies, N. M. J., Davis, A. P., Van Dijk, K-J., Downie, S. R., Duretto, M. F., Duvall, M. R., Edwards, S. L., Eggli, U., Erkens, R. H. J., Escudero, M., De la Estrella, M., Fabriani, F., Fay, M. F., Ferreira, P. D. L., Ficinski, S. Z., Fowler, R. M., Frisby, S., Fu, L., Fulcher, T., Galbany-Casals, M., Gardner, E. M., German, D. A., Giaretta, A., Gibernau, M., Gillespie, L. J., González, C. C., Goyder, D. J., Graham, S. W., Grall, A., Green, L., Gunn, B. F., Gutiérrez, D. G., Hackel, J., Haevermans, T., Haigh, A., Hall, J. C., Hall, T., Harrison, M. J., Hatt, S. A., Hidalgo, O., Hodkinson, T. R., Holmes, G. D., Hopkins, H. C. F., Jackson, C. J., James, S. A., Jobson, R. W., Kadereit, G., Kahandawala, I. M., Kainulainen, K., Kato, M., Kellogg, E. A., King, G. J., Klejevskaja, B., Klitgaard, B. B., Klopper, R. R., Knapp, S., Koch, M. A., Leebens-Mack, J. H., Lens, F., Leon, C. J., Léveillé-Bourret, É., Lewis, G. P., Li, D-Z., Li, L., Liede-Schumann, S., Livshultz, T., Lorence, D., Lu, M., Lu-Irving, P., Luber, J., Lucas, E. J., Luján, M., Lum, M., Macfarlane, T. D., Magdalena, C., Mansano, V. F., Masters, L. E., Mayo, S. J., McColl, K., McDonnell, A. J., McDougall, A. E., McLay, T. G. B., McPherson, H., Meneses, R. I., Merckx, V. S. F. T., Michelangeli, F. A., Mitchell, J. D., Monro, A. K., Moore, M. J., Mueller, T. L., Mummenhoff, K., Munzinger, J., Muriel, P., Murphy, D. J., Nargar, K., Nauheimer, L., Nge, F. J., Nyffeler, R., Orejuela, A., Ortiz, E. M., Palazzesi, L., Peixoto, A. L., Pell, S. K., Pellicer, J., Penneys, D. S., Perez-Escobar, O. A., Persson, C., Pignal, M., Pillon, Y., Pirani, J. R., Plunkett, G. M., Powell, R. F., Prance, G. T., Puglisi, C., Qin, M., Rabeler, R. K., Rees, P. E. J., Renner, M., Roalson, E. H., Rodda, M., Rogers, Z. S., Rokni, S., Rutishauser, R., De Salas, M. F., Schaefer, H., Schley, R. J., Schmidt-Lebuhn, A., Shapcott, A., Al-Shehbaz, I., Shepherd, K. A., Simmons, M. P., Simões, A. O., Simões, A. R. G., Siros, M., Smidt, E. C., Smith, J. F., Snow, N., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Soreng, R. J., Sothers, C. A., Starr, J. R., Stevens, P. F., Straub, S. C. K., Struwe, L., Taylor, J. M., Telford, I. R. H., Thornhill, A. H., Tooth, I., Trias-Blasi, A., Udovicic, F., Utteridge, T. M. A., Del Valle, J. C., Verboom, G. A., Vonow, H. P., Vorontsova, M. S., De Vos, J. M., Al-Wattar, N., Waycott, M., Welker, C. A. D., White, A. J., Wieringa, J. J., Williamson, L. T., Wilson, T. C., Wong, S. Y., Woods, L. A., Woods, R., Worboys, S., Xanthos, M., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y-X., Zhou, M-Y., Zmarzty, S., Zuloaga, F. O., Antonelli, A., Bellot, S., Crayn, D. M., Grace, O. M., Kersey, P. J., Leitch, I. J., Sauquet, H., Smith, S. A., Eiserhardt, W. L., Forest, F. & Baker, W. J., 24 Apr 2024, (Early online) In: Nature.

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  • 1068. Amorphophallus ongsakulii Hett. A. Galloway: Araceae

    Dodsworth, S., Phillips, C. & Lambkin, D., 19 Oct 2023, In: Curtis's Botanical Magazine. 40, 3, p. 275-281 7 p.

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  • A summary of Copepoda: synthesis, trends, and ecological impacts

    Vakati, V., Fuentes-Reinés, J. M., Wang, P., Wang, J. & Dodsworth, S., 28 Sept 2023, In: Journal of Oceanology and Limnology. 41, 3, p. 1050-1072

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

  • Digest: Multiple factors influence mountain orchid diversity and distribution

    Phillips, C., Pérez-Escobar, O. A. & Dodsworth, S., 1 Jul 2023, In: Evolution. 77, 7, p. 1730-1731 2 p.

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  • Down, then up: non-parallel genome size changes and a descending chromosome series in a recent radiation of Australian allotetraploid plant species, Nicotiana section Suaveolentes (Solanaceae)

    Chase, M. W., Samuel, R., Leitch, A. R., Guignard, M. S., Conran, J. G., Nollet, F., Fletcher, P., Jakob, A., Cauz-Santos, L. A., Vignolle, G., Dodsworth, S., Christenhusz, M. J. M., Buril, M. T. & Paun, O., 1 Jan 2023, In: Annals of Botany. 131, 1, p. 123-142 20 p.

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  • Phylogenomics and the rise of the angiosperms

    Zuntini, A. R. (Creator), Carruthers, T. (Creator), Maurin, O. (Creator), Bailey, P. C. (Creator), Leempoel, K. (Creator), Brewer, G. E. (Creator), Epitawalage, N. (Creator), Françoso, E. (Creator), Gallego-Paramo, B. (Creator), McGinnie, C. (Creator), Negrão, R. (Creator), Roy, S. R. (Creator), Simpson, L. (Creator), Romero, E. T. (Creator), Barber, V. M. A. (Creator), Botigué, L. (Creator), Clarkson, J. J. (Creator), Cowan, R. S. (Creator), Dodsworth, S. (Creator), Johnson, M. G. (Creator), Kim, J. T. (Creator), Pokorny, L. (Creator), Wickett, N. J. (Creator), Antar, G. M. (Creator), DeBolt, L. (Creator), Gutierrez, K. (Creator), Hendriks, K. P. (Creator), Hoewener, A. (Creator), Hu, A. (Creator), Joyce, E. M. (Creator), Kikuchi, I. A. B. S. (Creator), Larridon, I. (Creator), Larson, D. A. (Creator), De Lírio, E. J. (Creator), Liu, J. (Creator), Malakasi, P. (Creator), Przelomska, N. (Creator), Shah, T. (Creator), Viruel, J. (Creator), Allnutt, T. R. (Creator), Ameka, G. K. (Creator), Andrew, R. L. (Creator), Appelhans, M. S. (Creator), Arista, M. (Creator), Ariza, M. J. (Creator), Arroyo, J. (Creator), Arthan, W. (Creator), Bachelier, J. B. (Creator), Bailey, C. D. (Creator), Barnes, H. F. (Creator), Barrett, M. D. (Creator), Barrett, R. L. (Creator), Bayer, R. J. (Creator), Bayly, M. J. (Creator), Biffin, E. (Creator), Biggs, N. (Creator), Birch, J. L. (Creator), Bogarín, D. (Creator), Borosova, R. (Creator), Bowles, A. M. C. (Creator), Boyce, P. C. (Creator), Bramley, G. L. C. (Creator), Briggs, M. (Creator), Broadhurst, L. (Creator), Brown, G. K. (Creator), Bruhl, J. J. (Creator), Bruneau, A. (Creator), Buerki, S. (Creator), Burns, E. (Creator), Byrne, M. (Creator), Cable, S. (Creator), Calladine, A. (Creator), Callmander, M. W. (Creator), Cano, Á. (Creator), Cantrill, D. J. (Creator), Cardinal-McTeague, W. M. (Creator), Carlsen, M. M. (Creator), Carruthers, A. J. A. (Creator), De Castro Mateo, A. (Creator), Chase, M. W. (Creator), Chatrou, L. W. (Creator), Cheek, M. (Creator), Chen, S. (Creator), Christenhusz, M. J. M. (Creator), Christin, P. (Creator), Clements, M. A. (Creator), Coffey, S. C. (Creator), Conran, J. G. (Creator), Cornejo, X. (Creator), Couvreur, T. L. P. (Creator), Cowie, I. D. (Creator), Csiba, L. (Creator), Darbyshire, I. (Creator), Davidse, G. (Creator), Davies, N. M. J. (Creator), Davis, A. P. (Creator), Van Dijk, K. (Creator), Downie, S. R. (Creator), Duretto, M. F. (Creator), Duvall, M. R. (Creator), Edwards, S. L. (Creator), Eggli, U. (Creator), Erkens, R. H. J. (Creator), Escudero, M. (Creator), De La Estrella, M. (Creator), Fabriani, F. (Creator), Fay, M. F. (Creator), De L. Ferreira, P. (Creator), Ficinski, S. Z. (Creator), Fowler, R. M. (Creator), Frisby, S. (Creator), Fu, L. (Creator), Fulcher, T. (Creator), Galbany-Casals, M. (Creator), Gardner, E. M. (Creator), German, D. A. (Creator), Giaretta, A. (Creator), Gibernau, M. (Creator), Gillespie, L. J. (Creator), González, C. C. (Creator), Goyder, D. J. (Creator), Graham, S. W. (Creator), Grall, A. (Creator), Green, L. (Creator), Gunn, B. F. (Creator), Gutiérrez, D. G. (Creator), Hackel, J. (Creator), Haevermans, T. (Creator), Haigh, A. (Creator), Hall, J. C. (Creator), Hall, T. (Creator), Harrison, M. J. (Creator), Hatt, S. A. (Creator), Hidalgo, O. (Creator), Hodkinson, T. R. (Creator), Holmes, G. D. (Creator), Hopkins, H. C. F. (Creator), Jackson, C. J. (Creator), James, S. A. (Creator), Jobson, R. W. (Creator), Kadereit, G. (Creator), Kahandawala, I. M. (Creator), Kainulainen, K. (Creator), Kato, M. (Creator), Kellogg, E. A. (Creator), King, G. J. (Creator), Klejevskaja, B. (Creator), Klitgaard, B. B. (Creator), Klopper, R. R. (Creator), Knapp, S. (Creator), Koch, M. A. (Creator), Leebens-Mack, J. H. (Creator), Lens, F. (Creator), Leon, C. J. (Creator), Léveillé-Bourret, É. (Creator), Lewis, G. P. (Creator), Li, D. (Creator), Li, L. (Creator), Liede-Schumann, S. (Creator), Livshultz, T. (Creator), Lorence, D. (Creator), Lu, M. (Creator), Lu-Irving, P. (Creator), Luber, J. (Creator), Lucas, E. J. (Creator), Luján, M. (Creator), Lum, M. (Creator), Macfarlane, T. D. (Creator), Magdalena, C. (Creator), Mansano, V. F. (Creator), Masters, L. E. (Creator), Mayo, S. J. (Creator), McColl, K. (Creator), McDonnell, A. J. (Creator), McDougall, A. E. (Creator), McLay, T. G. B. (Creator), McPherson, H. (Creator), Meneses, R. I. (Creator), Merckx, V. S. F. T. (Creator), Michelangeli, F. A. (Creator), Mitchell, J. D. (Creator), Monro, A. K. (Creator), Moore, M. J. (Creator), Mueller, T. L. (Creator), Mummenhoff, K. (Creator), Munzinger, J. (Creator), Muriel, P. (Creator), Murphy, D. J. (Creator), Nargar, K. (Creator), Nauheimer, L. (Creator), Nge, F. J. (Creator), Nyffeler, R. (Creator), Orejuela, A. (Creator), Ortiz, E. M. (Creator), Palazzesi, L. (Creator), Peixoto, A. L. (Creator), Pell, S. K. (Creator), Pellicer, J. (Creator), Penneys, D. S. (Creator), Perez-Escobar, O. A. 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(Creator), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 29 Feb 2024


  • WorldClim, elevation and distribution data for all palms from: The ecology of palm genomes: Repeat-associated genome size expansion is constrained by aridity

    Schley, R. (Creator), Pellicer, J. (Creator), Ge, X. (Creator), Barrett, C. (Creator), Bellot, S. (Creator), Guignard, M. (Creator), Novak, P. (Creator), Fraser, D. (Creator), Baker, W. (Creator), Dodsworth, S. (Creator), Macas, J. (Creator), Leitch, A. (Creator) & Leitch, I. (Creator), Dryad, 2022