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Dickie, John B.

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Job title: 

Head, Botanical Information Section

Seed Conservation
Botanical Information
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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA (Hons), Univ. Lancaster, 1973
  • PhD, Univ. Cambridge, 1977.
  • Secretary; International Society for Seed Science

Leading SCD Botanical Information Section; provision, use and analysis of large datasets in support of seed conservation activities.

Managing: development and use, including analyses, of the Seed Information Database (SID – species’ seed traits); development and use of the Seed Bank Database(SBD – collection management); the seed morphology and anatomy function in the Seed Conservation Department; development of methods to support prioritisation of MSBP collections, existing and planned, by analysing botanical data and information using GIS and other techniques; integration of MSBP’s taxon- and specimen-based systems into Kew’s Science and Horticultural Systems.

Selected publications: 

Stahl, U., Kattge, J., Reu, B., Voigt, W., Ogle, K., Dickie, J. & Wirth, C. (2013). Whole-plant trait spectra of North American woody plant species reflect fundamental ecological strategies. Ecosphere 4:art128. Available online

Smith, P., Dickie, J., Linington, S., Probert, R. & Way, M. (2011). Making the case for plant diversity. Seed Science Research 21: 1-4.

Moles, A. T., Ackerly, D. D., Webb, C. O., Tweddle, J. C., Dickie, J. B., Pitman, A. J. & Westoby, M. (2005). Factors that shape seed mass evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102(30): 10540-10544.