Dr Jovita Yesilyurt

Dr Jovita Yesilyurt

Collections Manager, Algae, Lichens, Protists

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division
Contact: email
Phone: 0207 942 5734

Specialisms

collections survey, taxonomy and systematics, Collections management (knowledge and experience across botanical collections), collections organisation and re-housing, conservation assessments, curation of natural history collections (botanical), identification of Neotropical flowering plants and pteridophytes, public outreach., training

Summary

Currently, my role as Collections Manager involves the management, curation and development of NHM non-seed plants collections (which includes the Protists group). However, throughout my career, my expertise and experience in curation and collections care cover also Seed plants, Bryophytes and Pteridophytes. In addition to these, my knowledge and skills also extend to identification (of Neotropical flowering plants and pteridophytes), conservation assessment and plant inventories. I am keen also in developing, enhancing and utilizing the natural history collections for arts, and improve education, as well as citizen science activities. Science Communication responsibilities included leading a project under the V Factor Programme, which involved working with a team to deliver our science content to the public and working to increase the external visibility of our valuable world class Natural Collections (focused on Diatoms) and of our public educational role. My research work focus on diverse areas (e.g. systematic, taxonomy, and conservation) through collaboration with a variety of partners in the tropics and supervision of students.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Reading, United Kingdom, 1998 - 2003

Employment history

Academic

Collections Manager, The Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2007 - ongoing

LAPI Project Co-ordinator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Tropical America Botanist, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2006

Lecturer: Taxonomy and Systematics, Universidade Estadual de Maringa/Nucleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia Ictiologia e Aquicultura (UEM/Nupelia), Botany and Zoology, Brazil, 1995 - 1997

Publications

Eiserhardt WL, Rohwer JG, RUSSELL SJ, YESILYURT JC, SCHNEIDER H (2011) Evidence for radiations of cheilanthoid ferns in the Greater Cape Floristic Region. Taxon, 60 (5): 1269 - 1283.

YESILYURT JC, SCHNEIDER H (2010) Calciphilopteris a new genus of Pteridaceae. Phytotaxa, 7 : 52 - 59.

YESILYURT J (2009) Botanical Related Adhesives. NatSCA News, : 30 - 31.

YESILYURT JC (2009) 71. Cyrillaceae. , Gorts-van Rijn ARV, Jansen-Jacobs MJ, Flora of the Guianas Series A: Phanerogams Fascicle 27.. Kew Publishing. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Yesilyurt J (2008) A new species of Doryopteris (Pteridaceae) from Suriname. Brittonia, 60 (1): 63 - 68.

Yesilyurt J (2008) Introducing a new species of the fern genus Doryopteris (Pteridaceae, Polypodiopsida) from the Neotropics. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 158 : 73 - 77.

YESILYURT JC (2007) Doryopteris majestosa (Pteridaceae), a new species from South America. American Fern Journal, 97 (4): 212 - 217.

Yesilyurt J (2005) The fern genus Doryopteris (Cheilanthoideae-Pteridaceae) in the Hawaiian Islands. Kew Bulletin, 60 : 547 - 558.

Highlighted publications

Eiserhardt WL, Rohwer JG, RUSSELL SJ, YESILYURT JC, SCHNEIDER H (2011) Evidence for radiations of cheilanthoid ferns in the Greater Cape Floristic Region. Taxon, 60 (5): 1269 - 1283.

YESILYURT JC, SCHNEIDER H (2010) Calciphilopteris a new genus of Pteridaceae. Phytotaxa, 7 : 52 - 59.