Anthony Richard Magee

Plant Taxonomist

Email: A.Magee@sanbi.org.za

Anthony Richard Magee is a plant taxonomist at the Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). During the eight years he has been with SANBI, his research has focused on the systematics of the early lineages of Apiaceae and Asteraceae, as well as the floristics, origins and diversification of the Nama Karoo flora. Anthony is an NRF-rated scientist (currently rated as Y1), serves on the editorial board for the South African Journal of Botany and holds an Honorary Research Associateship with the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers, an academic book and four book chapters. Anthony has been awarded the Junior Medal for Botany from the South African Association of Botanists as well as the S2A3 Medal from the South African Academy for the Advancement of Science.

In order to help address the declining national and international capacity in plant taxonomy, Anthony focuses on training and mentoring others in the field. He has thus developed strong collaborations with both the University of the Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg. Through these collaborative projects, he has, in the last 5 years, seen 10 students graduate (1 PhD, 3 MSc, 6 Hons.). He has also mentored 7 interns. His current research group comprises of a highly productive and dynamic team of 13 postgraduate students (2 PhD, 9 MSc, 1 Hons, 1 intern) and a postdoctoral fellow.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 – 2019 National Research Foundation Rating: Y1
  • 2011 Junior Medal for Botany (Bronze) from the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) for the best PhD. thesis in 2009
  • 2007 Junior Medal for Science (Bronze) from the South African Academy for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) for the most original and independent M.Sc. dissertation in Science
  • Member of the South African Association of Botanists, International Association of Plant Taxonomists and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Specialisation

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Plant Taxonomy
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Plant Molecular Systematics

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