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Couch, Charlotte, A.

Photo of Charlotte Couch
Job title: 

Curator (Africa and Madagascar)

Department: 
Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 

2005

Foreign languages: 

French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc Plant Diversity (Biodiversity and Conservation), Univ of Reading, 2003-2004
  • BSc Botany (2:1),  University of Wales Aberystwyth, 1996-1999
Role: 

I am responsible for curation and naming of plant specimens from Africa and Madagascar alongside the other members of my team.

I also update the Vascular Plant Families and Genera database to reflect the taxonomic changes in the herbarium.

I have a particular research interest in Guinea (West Africa) and work with the National Herbarium of Guinea (HNG) to maintain and improve their collection. My team are collaborating with HNG on a project to develop a Red Data Book for Guinea; this involves some fieldwork and teaching students about field collecting and identification techniques.

Selected publications: 

Couch, C., Molmou, Camara, B., Cheek, M., Merklinger, F. Davies, L. Harvey, Y., Lopez Poveda, L. & Redstone,S. (2014). Conservation of Threatened Guinean Inselberg Species. Abstracts of the XXth AETFAT Congress, South Africa, 2014. Scripta Botanica Belgica 52: 96.

Magassouba, S., Camara, B., Guilovogui, K., Cheek, M., Couch, C., Lopez Poveda, L., van der Burgt, X., Bachman, S. & Harvey, Y., (2014). Hunting Threatened taxa of Guinea. Abstracts of the XXth AETFAT Congress, South Africa, 2014. Scripta Botanica Belgica 52: 255.

Wearn, J.A.; Chase, M.W.; Mabberley, D.J.; Couch, C. (2013). Utilizing a phylogenetic plant classification for systematic arrangements in botanic gardens and herbaria. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 172: 127–141.