Mary started her career in Information Technology working in a business environment. She made a career change and joined Edge Hill in 1999 as a research student in botany under the supervision of Dr Paul Ashton, studying an interesting and taxonomically challenging group of closely related true sedges (genus Carex) within the British Isles.
She has been an Associate Tutor since 2000.
Mary is a member of the BSBI council (Botanical Society of the British Isles).
- Hybridisation between taxa inhabiting dynamic habitats as a force for evolutionary change and speciation, with particular interest in the maritime sedges in Carex section Phacocystis.
- Inter- and intra- specific variation and the taxonomic challenges of difficult plant groups.
- Recording of wildlife, particular botany and moths, to provide baseline records for monitoring change over time and effects of a changing climate.
- Biology in Practice
- BSc (Hons) (Open University)
- PhD Biological Sciences (Lancaster University)
Department of Biology
Edge Hill University
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- British Ecological Society member
- Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland member
- Butterfly Conservation member
- Bumblebee Conservation Trust member
- Lancashire Wildlife Trust member
- RSPB member
- WWT member
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., (2010). Ecology, distribution and fertility of Carex recta Boott (Cyperaceae) in the British Isles. Watsonia 28:33-42.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2008. Leaf surfaces as a taxonomic tool: The case of Carex section Phacocystis (Cyperaceae) in the British Isles. Plant Systematics and Evolution273:97-105.
Dean, M., Ashton, P. A., Hutcheon, K., Jermy, A. C. & Cayouette, J. 2008. Description, Ecology and Establishment of Carex salina Wahlenb. (Saltmarsh Sedge) – a new British species. Watsonia 27:51-57.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2006. A reassessment of the distribution of Carex recta Boott (Cyperaceae) in the British Isles. Watsonia26:31-39.
Dean, M., Ballinger, B. R. & Wortham, P. (2012) Morrich More SSSI: Site Condition Monitoring: Vascular Plants Summary Report. Unpublished Report for SNH.
Dean, M., Ballinger, C. B., & Ballinger B. R. (2010) Kyle of Sutherland Marshes SSSI Site Condition Monitoring: Vascular Plants Summary Report. Unpublished Report for SNH.
Dean, M., Martin, L., Chambers, L., 2010. Trialling e-readers as a green alternative to paper: changing behaviours and maintaining effectiveness. ALT-C (Association of Learning Technology) conference. September 2010. University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Dean, M., 2010. Take 100’s of e-documents wherever you go: evaluating e-readers for university business. 5th SOLSTICE Conference. June 2010. Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK.
Dragon, J. A., Ashton, P. A., Dean, M., Cayouette, J., Waterway, M. J., 2009. Hybridization and ecological speciation in the salt tolerant Carex aquatilis lineage (Cyperaceae). Botany & Mycology 2009 conference. Snowbird, Utah, U.S.A.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2008. Hybridisation and evolution in amphi-Atlantic maritime Carex L. Fourth International Conference: The Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons, August 2008, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2008. Hybridisation and evolution in amphi-Atlantic maritime Carex. Annual Ecological Genetics Group conference, April 2008, Aberystwyth University.
Dean, M., Ashton, P. A., Lucas, G, and Cayouette, J., 2006. Searching for saltmarsh Sedge – can you help? Scottish Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, November 2006, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2006. ‘Turning over a new leaf – leaf surfaces as a taxonomic tool’ Annual Ecological Genetics Group conference, April 2006, Aberystwyth University.
Dean, M., 2003. ‘Coastal Habitats as Sites for Plant Hybridization and Evolution’ Coast ‘On’ Line conference, December 2003, Edge Hill University.
Dean, M. and Ashton, P. A., 2002. ‘Investigating hybridization in the genus Carex‘ Annual Ecological Genetics Group conference, April 2002, Newcastle University.