Dr Laura Forrest
Dr Laura Lowe Forrest, Molecular Laboratory Manager
Laura Forrest (ORCID; Scopus) has been employed at RBGE since 2011, where she provides technical support in the molecular laboratory as part of the Scientific and Technical Services (STS) team. This includes training and practical support for staff and visitors, and for undergraduate, masters and PhD students, lecturing on bryology and on molecular techniques, as well as involvement in the day-to-day running of the laboratories.
Most of her research time is spent on DNA barcoding the British liverworts, an ongoing RBGE project that aims to sample 2-5 accessions of all native species for a standard marker set (parts of the matK, rbcL, psbA-trnH and ITS2 loci). The project also involves an in-depth focus on a small group of genera including Aneura and Conocephalum.
Laura was chair of the Organisation and Culture subgroup for RBGE's successful Athena SWAN Bronze award application, is a member of the RBGE Data Strategy Group, and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.
A list of Laura’s publications is available from Google Scholar.
Council member, Systematics Association (2016-present)
Ph.D., University of Glasgow, UK, A Phylogeny of Begoniaceae Bercht. & J. Presl. (Advisor: Peter Hollingsworth), 1997 – 2001
M.Sc., University of Reading, UK, Pure and Applied Plant and Fungal Taxonomy (project: Phylogeny of Polytrichaceae (Musci); Advisor: Terry Hedderson), with Distinction, 1994 – 1995
B.Sc. Hons., University of Edinburgh, UK, Biology (Plant Sciences), 1989-1993
University of Connecticut, USA, Liverwort Tree of Life (NSF), 2009 – 2011
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK, Plant DNA barcoding, 2008 – 2009
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA, Liverwort systematics (PEET), 2002 – 2005
Forest Research NRS, UK, Research Associate: Population biology of oaks, 2001 – 2002
The Natural History Museum, London, UK, Research Associate: Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project, 1996 – 1997
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK, Plant Cytotaxonomist, 1993-1994
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