Dr Jovita Yesilyurt

Jovita Cislinski Yesilyurt
  • Collections Manager, Algae, Lichens, Protists
  • Life Sciences department
  • Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road



PhD – Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Reading, Reading, UK, 2003
Thesis: Systematic revision of the genus Doryopteris J. Sm. (Pteridaceae-Cheilanthoideae). Supervisors: Dr Alastair Culham (Reading University) and Dr Mary Gibby (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh).

MSc -  Universidade Federal do Paraná/Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil, March 1991-Jan. 1993.  Project: Levantamento floristico do genero Diplazium (Dryopteridaceae) no Estado do Paraná, Brazil. Supervisor: Dr Jefferson Prado (Instituto de Botanica, Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Degree: Biology, Universidade Federal do Paraná/Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil, March1983- Aug 1987.


2007 – current: Collections Manager, Cryptogamic Herbarium, Natural History Museum, Department of Botany.

2007 (until October): LAPI Project Co-ordinator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

2004-2006: Tropical America Botanist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

2002-2004: Herbarium Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  

1995-1997: Lecturer of Systematic and taxonomy, State University of Maringá, Paraná, Brazil.


Curatorial Management

Collections Manager of the Cryptogamic Group, which comprises the Pteridophyte, Bryophyte, Algae (including Diatoms) and Lichen collections, with a total around of 2 millions specimens.

Curator of Diatoms: at the moment this role is being shared with the Algae Curator.

Additional duties
Line manages a team of 11 curatorial staff members (Cryptogamic Curators, including from the Seed Plant Herbarium, Curator assistants, Plant mounters and Loans officers).


My interests and experience range from inventory (vegetation survey), identification of Neotropical flowering plants and ferns (including training/capacity building), with special interest on phylogenetic studies of the Cheilanthoideae fern genus: Doryopteris (Pteridadeceae).


Jovita Cislinski Yesilyurt pressing plants

Fieldwork (and training/capacity building)

  • South Brazil: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Southeast Brazil: 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Amazonas and Mato Grosso do Sul e do Norte (Brazil): 2005
  • Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan): 2006
  • El Salvador: 2007


Jovita Cislinski Yesilyurt and team


Eiserhardt,  W. L.,  Rohwer, J. G., Russell, S. J.,  YESILYURT, J. C. & Schneider, H. 2011. Evidence for radiations of cheilanthoid ferns in the Greater Cape Floristic Region. Taxon 26: 1-15.

YESILYURT, J. C. 2009. 71.  Cyrillaceae. In: M. J. Jansen-Jacobs, Flora of the Guianas, 27: 1-6.

YESILYURT, J. C. 2008. Introducing a new species of the fern genus Doryopteris  (Pteridadecae, Polypodiosida) from the Neotropics. Bot.  Journal Linn. Soc. 158: 73-77, with 2 figures.  

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

YESILYURT, J. C. 2007. Doryopteris majestosa (Pteridaceae), a new species from South America. Am. Fern Journal  97 (4): 212-219.

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

CISLINSKI, J. and Souza-Stevaux, M.C. 1997. Levantamento floristico da planice de inundacao do rio Parana,  In: VAZZOLER, A.E.; A.A. AGOSTINHO and HAHN, N.S. (ed.), ‘A planice de inundacao do rio Paraná: aspectos fisicos, biologicos e socio-economicos’. Maringá (Paraná-Brazil)/ EDUEM.

CISLINSKI, J. 1996. The genus Diplazium Sw. (Dryopteridaceae-Pteridophyta) in the Paraná State, Brazil.- Acta Bot. Bras.  10 (1): 59-77.

Alquini,Y.; Bona,C.; Bueno,N.C.; CISLINSKI,J.; Contin,A.; Dunaiski,A.; Segecim,S.. 1995. Stem anatomy of four species of Cissus (Vitaceae) occurring in Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.-Arq. Biol. Tecnol.
(TECPAR), 38 (3):  815-827.