Dr Fred Rumsey

Dr Frederick Rumsey

Angela Marmont Centre Enquiries Officer, Plants

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email

Phones:
work: 02079425692
mobile: 07971 405802

Summary

I am the British plant specialist with a strong interest in conservation, particularly of cryptogamic plants. Responsible for dealing with plant identification enquiries within the IAS team, I also provide expert taxonomic advice to various Taxon Groups, sit on IUCN specialist groups and am referee for several families for the BSBI. I have been actively involved in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan process since its inception acting as contact point for several national Species Action Plans (Trichomanes speciosum, Ditrichum plumbicola, Tortula freibergii, etc.) and the London Black Poplar BAP and sat on the steering groups for several others. I have recently co-authored the England Vascular Plant Red-list, following on from the GB in 2005 and am now involved in plans to produce the England Bryophyte Red-list. I am closely involved with many of the British botanical societies, sitting on the committees or councils of the British Pteridological Society(Conservation and Recording Officer), British Bryological Society (Conservation officer- England; Vice-County Recorder for N. Hampshire), Botanical Society of the British Isles (Past Vice-President; Science and Research Committee). I also act as a trustee to the Botanical Research Fund and am on the science advisory committee of the South London Botanical Institute. I maintain a strong interest in the Macaronesian flora helping convene the 2012 FloraMac conference in Madeira and have a strong interest in Parasitic and Insectivorous plants. Actively involved in the museum's citizen science work I teach botanical skills from primary to tertiary level and run courses for the FSC.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1994

BSc. (Hons.) Botany, University of Reading, United Kingdom, 1981 - 1984

Employment history

Academic

Researcher, Natural History Museum, Botany, United Kingdom, 1997 - 2011

Temporary lecturer, University of Manchester, Department of Environmental Biology, United Kingdom, 1993 - 1994

Non-academic

Field surveyor, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), 1990 - 1990

Botanist/Herbarium curator, British Institute for Archaeology in Ankara, 1989 - 1989

Publications

Rumsey FJ, Robba L, Schneider H, Carine MA (2014) Taxonomic uncertainty and a continental conundrum: Polypodium macaronesicum reassessed. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174 (3): 449 - 460. doi: 10.1111/boj.12140

Rumsey FJ, Stroh PA, Leach SJ, August TA, Walker KJ, Pearman DA, Harrower CA, Fay MF, Martin JP, Pankhurst T, Preston CD, Taylor I. , (2014) A Vascular Plant Red List for England. BSBI. Bristol. 184

Carine MA, Jones K, Moura M, Graciete Belo Maciel M, Rumsey FJ, Schaefer H (2012) Putting biogeography’s cart back behind taxonomy’s horse: a response to Triantis et al.. Journal of Biogeography, 39 (6): 1184 - 1187. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02736.x

RUMSEY FJ (2012) Diphasiastrum tristachyum (Pursh) Holub (Lycopodiaceae: Lycopodiophyta) - an overlooked extinct British Native. Fern Gazette, 19 : 55 - 62.

RUMSEY FJ (2012) Winter in the Wildlife Garden. Second Nature, 39 : 16 - 17.

RUMSEY FJ, Crouch HJ, Tosh J (2012) Review of Ophrys apifera x O. insectifera (beefly orchid) in the British Isles, with validation of the hybrid name Ophrys x pietzschii. New Journal of Botany, 2 : 100 - 109.

RUMSEY FJ, SPENCER M (2012) Is Equisetum ramosissimum Desf. (Equisetaceae: Equisetophyta) Native to the British Isles?. Fern Gazette, 19 : 37 - 46.

RUMSEY FJ (2011) Autumn creeps across... the Wildlife Garden. Second Nature, 38 : 16 - 17.

RUMSEY FJ (2011) Summer has arrived...in the Wildlife Garden. Second Nature, 37 : 16 - 17.

RUMSEY FJ (2011) Spring is sprung... in the Wildlife Garden. Second Nature, 36 : 18 - 19.

RUMSEY FJ (2011) London’s wooded wonderland. Plant life, 61 : 24 - 25.

RUMSEY FJ, Leonard A (2011) Two novel Asplenium hybrids (Aspleniaceae: Pteridophyta) from Tenerife, Canary Islands.. Fern Gazette, 18 : 342 - 350.

RUMSEY FJ, Roberts FJ (2011) A new Hymenophyllum hybrid from the British Isles: Hymenophyllum x scopulorum F.J. Rumsey & F.J. Roberts (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (L.) Sm. x H. wilsonii Hook., Hymenophyllaceae). New Journal of Botany, 1 : 93 - 97.

Schaefer H, Carine MA, Rumsey FJ (2011) From European priority species to invasive weed: Marsilea azorica (Marsileaceae) is a misidentified alien. Systematic Botany, 36 (4): 845 - 853. doi: 10.1600/036364411X604868

Schaefer H, Moura M, Belo Maciel MG, Silva L, Rumsey FJ, Carine MA (2011) The Linnean shortfall in oceanic island biogeography: a case study in the Azores. Journal of Biogeography, 38 (7): 1345 - 1355. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02494.x

Vanderpoorten A, Laenen B, Gabriel R, González-Mancebo JM, Rumsey F, Carine MA, Bramwell D, Caujapé-Castells J (2011) Dispersal, diversity and evolution of the Macaronesian cryptogamic floras. , , null., pp. 338 - 364.

Grundmann M, Rumsey FJ, Ansell SW, Russell SJ, Darwin SC, Vogel JC, Spencer M, Squirrell J, Hollingsworth PM, Ortiz S, Schneider H (2010) Phylogeny and taxonomy of the bluebell genus Hyacinthoides, Asparagaceae [Hyacinthaceae]. TAXON, 59 (1): 68 - 82.

Crouch HJ, RUMSEY FJ (2010) Orobanche minor var compositarum in Somerset. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History, 153

Crouch HJ, RUMSEY FJ (2010) Changes in the fern flora of the city of Bath. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History, 153 : 233 - 246.

GRUNDMANN M, RUMSEY F, ANSELL SW, RUSSELL SJ, DARWIN SC, VOGEL JC, SPENCER M, Squirrell J, Hollingsworth P, Ortiz S, SCHNEIDER H (2010) Molecular phylogeny of bluebells, Hyacinthoides (Asparagaceae). Taxon, 59 : 68 - 82.

PURVIS OW, TITTLEY I, CHIMONIDES PDJ, BAMBER R, HAYES PA, JAMES PW, RUMSEY FJ, Read H (2010) Long-term biomonitoring of lichen and bryophyte biodiversity at Burnham Beeches SAC and global environmental change. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 (2): 193 - 208. doi: 10.1080/14772001003782088

RUMSEY FJ, Crouch HJ (2010) Ditrichum plumbicola Crundw. (lead-moss) in the Mendips. Field Bryology, 102 : 2 - 9.

Silva L, Moura M, Schaefer H, RUMSEY FJ, Dias EF (2010) List of Vascular Plants (Tracheobionta). , Borges P et al. , A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores.. Principia, Oeiras,. Parede, P.A.V..

THOROGOOD CJ, RUMSEY FJ, HISCOCK SJ (2009) Seed viability determination in parasitic broomrapes ( Orobanche and Phelipanche ) using fluorescein diacetate staining. Weed Research, 49 (5): 461 - 468. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3180.2009.00716.x

Thorogood CJ, Rumsey FJ, Harris SA, Hiscock SJ (2009) Gene flow between alien and native races of the holoparasitic angiosperm Orobanche minor (Orobanchaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution, 282 : 31 - 42. doi: 10.1007/s00606-009-0204-6

Thorogood CJ, Rumsey FJ, Hiscock SJ (2009) Host-specific races in the holoparasitic angiosperm Orobanche minor: implications for speciation in parasitic plants. Annals of Botany, 103 (7): 1005 - 1014. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcp034

Olsson S, RUMSEY F, GRUNDMANN M, RUSSELL S, Enroth J, Quandt D (2009) The origin of the British and Macaronesian endemic Thamnobryum species (Neckeraceae). Journal of Bryology, 31 (1): 1 - 10. doi: 10.1179/174328208X300769

Thorogood CJ, RUMSEY FJ, Harris SA, Hiscock SJ (2008) Host-driven divergence in the parasitic plant Orobanche minor Sm. (Orobanchaceae). Molecular Ecology, 17 (19): 4289 - 4303. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03915.x

RUMSEY FJ (2008) Oak fern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman ) found in Surrey. Pteridologist, 5

RUMSEY FJ (2008) Broomrapes of the British Isles. British Wildlife, 19 : 264 - 270.

RUMSEY FJ, Crouch HJ (2008) Brake out! Pteris go wild in the British Isles. Pteridologist, 5 : 31 - 35.

Vanderpoorten A, Rumsey FJ, Carine MA (2007) Does Macaronesia exist? Conflicting signal in the bryophyte and pteridophyte floras. American Journal of Botany, 94 (4): 625 - 639. doi: 10.3732/ajb.94.4.625

Crouch HJ, RUMSEY FJ (2007) Discovery of Pteris multifida Poir. In Bath. BSBI News, 104 : 42 - 43.

Carine M, Rumsey FJ, Ait-Lafkih M, Rej-Dali M, Rutherford RW, Jury SL (2006) New plant collections from the North Morocco checklist area. null,

Murphy RJ, RUMSEY FJ (2006) Cystopteris diaphana (Bory) Blasdell (C. viridula (Desv.) Desv.) new to Britain. , Leach SJ, Page CN, Peytoureau Y, Sanford MN, Botanical links in the Atlantic arc.. BSBI.

RUMSEY FJ (2006) Alien invasion. Salmo trutta, 10

RUMSEY FJ, RUSSELL SJ, Wiltshire E (2006) A preliminary molecular investigation to characterize and identify Fulham Oaks, their progeny and related cultivars in London. The London Naturalist, 85 : 39 - 49.

Adams K, RUMSEY F (2005) Notes on Essex specialities: 9: The distribution of the Red-Data moss Zygodon forsteri (Dicks. ex With.) Mitt. Knothole Moss (Forster’s Yoke-Moss) in Epping Forest. Essex Naturalist (new series), 22 : 93 - 102.

Dines TD, Jones RA, Leach SJ, Mckean DR, Pearman DA, Preston CD, RUMSEY FJ, Taylor I. , Cheffings CM, Farrell L (2005) Species Status 7. JNCC. Peterborough.

RUMSEY FJ (2005) A good reason to get prickled. Cam Valley Wildlife Group Newsletter,

RUMSEY FJ (2005) Producing an Atlas of the Bryophytes of Hampshire. HBIC Newsletter, 4 : 4 - 5.

RUMSEY FJ, Barrett JA, Gibby M, RUSSELL SJ, VOGEL JC (2005) Reproductive strategies and population structure in the endangered pteridophyte Trichomanes speciosum (Hymenophyllaceae: Pteridophyta). Fern Gazette, 17 : 205 - 215.

Silva L, Pinto N, Press JR, Rumsey F, Carine M, Henderson S, Sjörgren E, Borges PAV, Cunha R, Gabriel R, others (2005) List of vascular plants (Pteridophyta e Spermatophyta). , , null.. Direcç ao Regional do Ambiente and Universidade dos Açores, Horta, Angra do Heroísmo and Ponta Delgada.

Pearman DA, RUMSEY FJ (2004) Drosera x belezeana Camus confirmed for the British Isles. Watsonia, 25 : 115 - 119.

Rich T, RUMSEY FJ (2004) Hymenophyllum tunbrigense. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, 21 : 70 - 76.

RUMSEY FJ, RUSSELL SJ, Schäfer H, Rasbach H (2004) Distribution, Ecology and cytology of Asplenium azoricum Lovis, Rasbach & Reichstein (Aspleniaceae, Pteridophyta) and its hybrids. American Fern Journal, 94 (3): 113 - 125. doi: 10.1640/0002-8444(2004)094[0113:DEACOA]2.0.CO;2

RUMSEY FJ (2004) Review of M.O.Hill & B. Edwards', Mosses and Liverworts of Dorset. Journal of Bryology, 26 : 74 - 75.

Schneider H, RUSSELL SJ, Cox C, Bakker F, HENDERSON S, RUMSEY FJ, Barrett JA, Gibby M, VOGEL JC (2004) Chloroplast phylogeny of asplenioid ferns based on rbcL and trnL-F spacer sequences (Polypodiidae, Aspleniaceae) and its implications for the biogeography of these ferns. Systematic Botany, 29 (2): 260 - 274. doi: 10.1600/036364404774195476

Rowntree J, Lawton K, RUMSEY FJ, Sheffield E (2003) Exposure to Asulam inhibits the growth of mosses.. Annals of Botany, 92 : 547 - 556.

RUMSEY FJ (2003) Review of B. Allen's, Moss Flora of Central America Part 2. Encalyptaceae-Orthotrichaceae. Journal of Bryology, 25

RUMSEY FJ (2003) Bryophytes of the Chiquibul. Las Cuevas Newsletter, 11 : 10 - 11.

RUMSEY FJ (2003) Love on the rocks. Waterhouse Times, 40

RUMSEY FJ (2003) Conserving Britain’s Biodiversity. Biological Sciences Review, 16 : 38 - 41.

RUMSEY FJ, Gouldwell AJ (2003) Orobanche lucorum A.Br. ex Koch naturalised in Leics.. BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) News, 93

RUMSEY FJ, Rumsey SM (2003) An unusual floral mutation in Orobanche caryophyllacea Sm.. BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) News, 93

RUMSEY FJ, VOGEL JC, JERMY AC, PAUL AM, RUSSELL SJ, Simpson KA, Barrett JA, Lockton A, Gibby M (2003) Conserving the fen buckler fern (Dryopteris cristata L.) in the British Isles. [Poster abstract]. , Dyer AF, Sheffield E, Wardlaw AC, Proceedings of the International Symposium: Fern Flora Worldwide, Threats and Responses, Guildford, UK, 2001.. The Fern Gazette 16.

RUMSEY FJ, VOGEL JC, RUSSELL SJ, Barrett JA, Gibby M (2003) Conserving a tropical fern in Europe. , Dyer AF, Sheffield E, Wardlaw AC, Proceedings of the International Symposium: Fern Flora Worldwide, Threats and Responses, Guildford, UK, 2001.. The Fern Gazette 16.

Taylor KJ, RUMSEY FJ (2003) Biological Flora of the British Isles No. 231 - Bartsia alpina L.. Journal of Ecology, 91 : 908 - 921.

Rumsey FJ, Vogel JC, Russell SJ (2001) A study of genetic variation in the threatened hepatic Petalophyllum ralfsii (Wils.) Nees. and Gottsche (Fossombroniaceae). CONSERVATION GENETICS, 2 (3): 271 - 277. doi: 10.1023/A:1012259600440

RUMSEY FJ, Gibby M, VOGEL JC (-1) The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) process in action: the Killarney Fern Trichomanes speciosum Willd. - a case study. Proceedings of the International Symposium: Fern Flora Worldwide, Threats and Responses, Guildford, UK, 2001. (Eds Dyer, A.F., Sheffield, E. and Wardlaw, A.C.). The Fern Gazette, 16

Highlighted publications

Rumsey FJ, Robba L, Schneider H, Carine MA (2014) Taxonomic uncertainty and a continental conundrum: Polypodium macaronesicum reassessed. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174 (3): 449 - 460. doi: 10.1111/boj.12140

RUMSEY FJ, Roberts FJ (2011) A new Hymenophyllum hybrid from the British Isles: Hymenophyllum x scopulorum F.J. Rumsey & F.J. Roberts (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (L.) Sm. x H. wilsonii Hook., Hymenophyllaceae). New Journal of Botany, 1 : 93 - 97.

Schaefer H, Carine MA, Rumsey FJ (2011) From European priority species to invasive weed: Marsilea azorica (Marsileaceae) is a misidentified alien. Systematic Botany, 36 (4): 845 - 853. doi: 10.1600/036364411X604868

Grundmann M, Rumsey FJ, Ansell SW, Russell SJ, Darwin SC, et al (2010) Phylogeny and taxonomy of the bluebell genus Hyacinthoides, Asparagaceae [Hyacinthaceae]. TAXON, 59 (1): 68 - 82.

PURVIS OW, TITTLEY I, CHIMONIDES PDJ, BAMBER R, HAYES PA, et al (2010) Long-term biomonitoring of lichen and bryophyte biodiversity at Burnham Beeches SAC and global environmental change. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 (2): 193 - 208. doi: 10.1080/14772001003782088