Martin Hamilton

Executive Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden
SC Botanical Garden

Office: SCBG
Phone: 864-686-2199
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

PhD Biology
University of London 2016

DipHort Kew Diploma in Horticulture
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2004

BSc Agriculture with an emphasis in Horticulture
Western Kentucky University 2000


Dr. Hamilton is Executive Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) at Clemson University, an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London. He is particularly interested in the conservation and management of threatened species (in-situ and ex-situ), habitat restoration, and the development and management of ex-situ plant collections and is responsible for the operation of the 300-acre SCBG property.

 Research Interests

Dr. Hamilton’s personal research is currently focused on threatened, endemic shrubs in the genus Varronia (Boraginaceae). He is also actively involved in projects researching the conservation and management of threatened species, including the development of ex-situ plant collections and horticultural protocols and biogeographic, population genetic, and phylogenomic studies.


Selected publications:
Hamilton, M.A., Maldonado-Castro, Anthony, Sustache, José A, and Monsegur-Rivera, Omar A. (2021) ‘Reassessment of Varronia bellonis - a threatened, endemic plant from Puerto Rico’, Biodiversity Data Journal, pp. 1–14. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.9.e64654.

Dani Sanchez, M., Clubbe, C., Woodfield-Pascoe, N., Bárrios, S., Smith Abbott, J., Heller, T., Harrigan, N., Grant, K., Titley-O’Neal, C., & Hamilton, M.A. (2021). Tropical Important Plant Areas, plant species richness and conservation in the British Virgin Islands. Nature Conservation, 45, 11–39. doi: 10.3897/natureconservation.45.73544.

Bárrios, S., Dufke, M., Hamilton, M.A., Cowan, R., Woodfield-Pascoe, N., Dalsgaard, B., Hawkins, J., & Clubbe, C. (2021). The conservation and ecology of the British Virgin Islands endemic tree, Vachellia anegadensis. Oryx, 1–8. doi: 10.1017/S0030605320001234.

Barrios, S., Monsegur-Rivera, O., Heller, T., Harrigan, N., Grant, K., Gibney, E., Clubbe, C., & Hamilton, M.A. (2021). Range extension and conservation status of the rare Solanaceae shrub, Solanum conocarpum. Biodiversity Data Journal, 9. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.9.e69156.

Antonelli, A., Fry, C., Smith, R.J., Simmonds, M.S.J., Kersey, P.J., Pritchard, H.W., et. al., (including Hamilton, M.A.) (2020). State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. doi: 10.34885/172.


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