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Sara Jose

Science Editor


PhD in Plant Biology, 2016. University of Bristol, UK. Thesis: Investigating the link between cuticular wax biosynthesis and stomatal development.
BSc (Hons.) in Biology, 2011. Cardiff University, UK. First class degree.


Freelance Scientific Language Editor, 2014–present. Edit scientific manuscripts and grant proposals in the life sciences, specializing in plant science and genetics.
Freelance Science Writer, 2014–present. Promote scientific research in an accessible way for non-experts, using formats such as blog posts, press releases, web and social media content, and magazine articles.
New Media Fellow, Global Plant Council, 2015–present. Communicate the work of the Global Plant Council as well as the wider plant science community through social media, news articles and blog posts.
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, University of Bristol, 2012–2016. Helped to run ‘Scientific Publishing’ course for undergraduate students, in addition to regularly demonstrating practical skills in laboratory classes.
Online Development Intern, New Phytologist, 2015. One month internship getting to know the scientific publishing industry and promoting upcoming articles by writing news posts and blog articles.
Student Researcher, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, 2009–2010. Research project on the biogeography and phylogeny of the Hyacinthaceae (Scilloideae).

Awards and Honors

2016: Selected flash talk at GARNet 2016.
2015: Awarded travel grants from the Society of Experimental Biology and the University of Bristol Alumni Foundation to attend the Society of Experimental Biology Stress Resilience Workshop.
2014: Selected poster talk for New Phytologist Next Generation Scientists Symposium
2012: Awarded fully-funded four-year PhD studentship.
2011: R.C. Mclean Prize for the best Final Year student in the area of Plant Science
2010: The Professional Training Year Prize for the most deserving student.
2009: Centenary Prize for most deserving Year Two student studying BSc. Biology
2008: James Brough Prize for best Year One student in the School of Biosciences.


Proches, S., Forest, F., Jose, S., De Dominics, M., Ramghani, S. and Wiggill, T., 2015. How do alien plants fit in the space-phylogeny matrix? PLoS ONE, 10(4): e0123238.
Forest, F., Goldblatt, P., Manning, J.C., Baker, D., Colville, J.F., Devey, D.S., Jose, S., Kaye, M., and Buerki, S., 2014. Pollinator shifts as triggers of speciation in painted petal irises (Lapeirousia: Iridaceae). Annals of Botany, 113(3), pp.357–371.
(Co-first author): Buerki, S., Jose, S., Yadav, S.R., Goldblatt, P., Manning, J.C. and Forest, F., 2012. Contrasting biogeographic and diversification patterns in two Mediterranean-type ecosystems. PLoS ONE, 7(6):e39377.


Member, Society of Experimental Biology.
Member, Royal Society of Biology.