James Stephen Boatwright


Email: jboatwright@uwc.ac.za

James Stephen Boatwright graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Ph.D (Botany) in 2009 and accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship working on South African Asphodeloideae (Asphodelaceae) at the Compton Herbarium and University of Cape Town from February 2009 – September 2010. He worked as a Principal Scientist within the Early Detection and Rapid Response Unit for Alien Plants, based at the Compton Herbarium from October 2010 until June 2012. Since July 2012, he has been a lecturer in the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape. As of 1 January 2015, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the same institution.

James’ research interests include the taxonomy and systematics of African legumes (Fabaceae) as well as selected genera of the Aizoaceae, Asteraceae, Asphodelaceae and Hemerocallidaceae, the flora of the Karoo, and the taxonomy and identification of invasive plant species. James is the author or co-author of 52 scientific papers all published in peer-reviewed, ISI accredited journals as well as, three book chapters and 56 oral presentations, which have been presented at national and international conferences. He is currently the supervisor or co-supervisor of eight M.Sc. and five Ph.D. students. He has seen five of his MSc students and one Ph.D student graduate thus far. James has served as a Review-Board Editor for the South African Journal of Botany since 2011 and Fabales Editor for Phytotaxa since 2016, as well as a reviewer for numerous national and international journals. He holds a Y1 rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

UWC Biography

Key Achievements

  • 2014 – 2019 Incentive funding for rated researchers and Y1 Rating from the NRF
  • 2015 – 2017 Research Development Grant for Y-rated Researchers from the NRF
  • 2013 – 2016 Competitive Researcher Funds, University of the Western Cape
  • 2012 – 2013 South African Biosystematics Initiative (SABI)/NRF research grant
  • 2011 Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration travel grant from the NRF
  • Editor for South African Journal of Botany (2011–current)
  • 2008 International science liaison travel grant from the National Research Foundation (in conjunction with the Research Council of the University of Johannesburg)
  • 2008 National Research Foundation travel grant
  • 2008 National Research Foundation Prestigious and Equity Free-Standing Ph.D. Bursary
  • 2003 Best third-year student in both Botany and Zoology


Plant Taxonomy
Plant Molecular Systematics

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