Meet the Herbarium team
- Dr Olwen Grace, Deputy Director of Science (Collections) and Curator of the Herbarium
I am Deputy Director of Science at RBGE, responsible
- Dr Elspeth Haston, Deputy Herbarium Curator
My experience is in taxonomic research, curation systems and digitisation. My work has included the development of tools, processes and workflows to aid with curation in herbaria. My current focus is on large-scale digitisation, including looking at integrating digitisation into curatorial and research processes.
- Suzanne Cubey, Deputy Herbarium Curator
As a Deputy Herbarium Curator I have specific responsibilities in the day to day running of the Herbarium. I also have a particular interest in the destructive sampling from Herbarium Specimens and the extensive Cultivated Herbarium which links both the Science and the Living Collection departments of the RBGE.
- Rob Cubey, Plant Records Officer
I am the Plant Records Officer of the RBGE, handling the data management for both the Living and Herbarium collections.
- Dr Heleen Plaisier, Assistant Herbarium Curator
I manage the Cryptogamic Section of the Herbarium. This involves the curation of the Cryptogam collections, processing new accessions, supporting loans and destructive sampling, and providing support for users of the Cryptogam collections.
- Lesley Scott, Assistant Herbarium Curator
I am one of the Assistant Herbarium Curators with the responsibility for loans and visitors. In addition to helping taxonomy researchers access our Collection, I'm increasingly working with artists who wish to explore the Herbarium.
- Marie Briggs, Assistant Herbarium Curator
I curate specimens in the herbarium, maintaining and improving the current collections and incorporating new accessions with the aim of supporting RBGE’s world class scientific research. I have a particular interest in the flora of SE Asia and New Guinea, particularly the family Rubiaceae and the genus Saurauia in Actinidiaceae.
- Robyn Drinkwater, Digitisation Officer and Technical Developer
I am part of the team responsible for the digitisation of herbarium specimens and library and archives.
- Sally King, Digitisation Officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator
I am part of the team responsible for the digitisation of herbarium specimens and library and archives. I am the herbarium camera officer thus responsible for maintaining camera operability for the herbarium digitisation programme. As Herbarium Volunteer Coordinator I coordinate the in-house departmental programme, as well as providing training and supervision for volunteer curation and digitisation projects. I also management volunteer engagement and support for our online citizen science projects.
- Kate Eden, Herbarium Technician
I prepare new dried pressed plant specimens for the Herbarium collection, and do remedial conservation (repairs) of older specimens.
- Jennifer McCutcheon, Herbarium Technician
I prepare new dried pressed plant specimens for the Herbarium collection and maintain the Spirit collection.
- Gillian Murray, Herbarium Technician
I prepare new dried plant specimens for the Herbarium.
- Erzsebet Gyongy, Herbarium Assistant
I am a herbarium assistant. I make sure that the new specimens coming into the herbarium have the correct data attached and I oversee the process of laying away by which the specimens are filed in the correct place in the sequence. I am interested in using new technology to speed up these processes.