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Bryophytes are the oldest land plants on earth, and have been around for 400 million years or more. Although small, they can be very conspicuous growing as extensive mats in woodland, as cushions on walls, rocks and tree trunks, and as pioneer…
Dr David Harris, Herbarium Curator and Deputy Director of Science
My role is to run the herbarium of 3 million specimens held in Edinburgh. I am also Deputy Director of Science. My research is focused on the plants from the forests of central Africa. I teach on the MSc in Plant Biodiversity and Taxonomy and…
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…
Dr Stephan Helfer
I do research on parasitic microfungi, their biodiversity, taxonomy and distribution. I am interested in fungus-plant interactions and their effect on natural communities. I mainly use microscopic techniques for identification and basic…
Prof Christopher Walker
I worked for Forestry Commission in various roles, ending up in the Physiology Branch of the Northern Research Station, Roslin, working with mycorrhiza and tree roots. I took early retirement in 1996 to allow more time to follow my interest in the…
I joined the International Conifer Conservation Programme in 1995. Since then, I have studied conifers in the field in many temperate and subtropical parts of the world including China, mainland SE Asia, New Caledonia and Chile. I am also the…
Dr Zoe Goodwin
I am a tropical botanist specialising in the Neotropical flora, in particular I am interested in the savanna and dry forests of Central and South America. After my MSc I spent much of my time collecting and identifying plants in the forests and…
Dr Mark Watson
I have over 30 years’ experience in floristics, plant systematics, botanical nomenclature and biodiversity informatics. My work is centred on the Sino-Himalayan region, especially Nepal, where I collaborate with international and in-country…
Prof Pete Hollingsworth
I am a biodiversity scientist with a particular interest in understanding and conserving plant diversity. As Director of Science and Deputy Keeper I am responsible for managing a team of ca 100 staff, students and volunteers in the science division…
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