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Balding, Sharon T.

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Job title: 

Germination Assistant

Department: 
Collections
Joined Kew: 

2002

Foreign languages: 

French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 

<p>BSc, Tropical Environmental Science, Univ. of Aberdeen, 1993</p>

Role: 

As a member of the Seed Collections Team, I support the curation and development of the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Collection. My main role is to carry out viability monitoring through germination testing, especially of collections and species difficult to germinate. I also carry out training activities for staff, students and MSB partners, and other seed processing tasks as required.

Selected publications: 

Hodgkison, R., Balding, S. T., Zubaid, A. & Kunz, T. H. (2004). Habitat structure, wing morphology, and the vertical stratification of Malaysian fruit bats. Journal of  Tropical Ecology: 20: 667-673.

Hodgkison, R., Balding, S. T., Zubaid, A. & Kunz, T. H. (2004). Temporal variation in the relative abundance of fruit bats (Megachiroptera: Pteropodidae) in relation to the availability of food in a lowland Malaysian rain forest. Biotropica 36: 522-533.

Hodgkison, R., Balding, S. T., Zubaid, A. & Kunz, T. H. (2003). Roosting ecology and social organization of the spotted-winged fruit bat, Balionycteris maculata (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in a Malaysian lowland dipterocarp forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology: 19: 667-676.

Hodgkison, R., Balding, S. T., Zubaid, A. & Kunz, T. H. (2003). Seed dispersal by fruit bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in a Malaysian lowland forest. Biotropica 35: 491-502.

Hodgkison, R., Ahmad, D., Balding, S.T., Kingston, T., Zubaid, A. & Kunz, K. H. (2002). Capturing bats (Chiroptera) in tropical forest canopies. In: The Global Canopy Programme Handbook: Techniques of Access and Study in the Forest Roof, ed. A.W. Mitchell, K. Secoy & T. Jackson, pp. 160-167. Oxford: Global Canopy Programme.