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For over 25 years I have worked at RBG Edinburgh on many aspects of conifer conservation and currently I co-chair the IUCN Conifer Specialist Group. I co-ordinate the International Conifer Conservation Programme which has played a major role in…
Dr Mark Newman
I’m convinced of the urgent need to document life on Earth at a time of very rapid loss of species and habitats, in order to keep as many species as possible for future generations to enjoy. Fieldwork and careful morphological study of herbarium…
Dr Catherine Kidner
Kidner Lab Understanding Diversity We are interested in determining the genetics underlying differences between species. We would like to know how many genetic changes and what type of changes determine differences in plant growth and form. A…
Dr Henry Noltie, Research Associate, Historical Researcher
After studying botany at Oxford, and Museum Studies at Leicester, Henry Noltie worked at RBGE from 1986 to 2017 as a curator and taxonomist. For 14 years he worked on the Flora of Bhutan project, leading the team for its concluding years. He wrote…
Dr Michelle Hart
As Head of Scientific and Technical Services (STS), Michelle is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the research laboratories and associated services at RBGE. The lab facilities are a core shared-use facility, supporting a diverse…
Frieda Christie has worked at RBGE for 24 years and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the scanning electron microscope and oversees the use of it and the research grade light microscopes at RBGE. She has worked with people from all…
Delivering nature - and learning - without boundaries
Children and adults deprived of their usual open access to nature are snapping up a raft of new learning opportunities from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). When the country went into lockdown, the research institute moved up a gear to…
Discovering more of Earth’s mega-rich plant diversity
More than one new plant species for every week of the year – from a mighty conifer to tiny tropical flowers and miniscule diatoms – 56 new species have been described as new to science by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh during the last 12…
Hardly an overnight success: 100 years to discover plant species
While the act of discovering a species is often seen as a thrilling moment, newly published research demonstrates the initial encounter is just the beginning of a long process. Understanding what a species represents actually, on average, takes…
Grasslands: not wastelands but creations of ancient creatures
In a world of assumptions, for hundreds of years the people of Madagascar have been widely blamed for destroying their own magnificent environment: by making grassland from forest. Now, new research from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal…
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