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Gardiner, Lauren

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Job title: 

Botanist, Palms and Pandans Team, Systematics, HLAA

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Monocot Systematics
Qualifications and appointments: 
  • PhD Phylogenetics and Conservation of the Genus Vanda (Orchidaceae), University of East Anglia, 2007
  • MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 2004
  • MSc Plant Diversity (Taxonomy and Evolution), University of Reading, 2003
  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), University of Cambridge, 2002
  • Disability Equality Group Representative, RBG Kew
  • Prospect Environment Representative, RBG Kew
  • Consultant Scientist, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Radstock
  • Chair of the IUCN SSC Orchid Specialist Group Early Career Committee
  • Trustee, Orchid Conservation International

Systematics and curation of Palms and Pandans.

Research interests are in the family Arecaceae, with a particular focus on New Guinea. Shortly to publish a synopsis of Heterospathe in New Guinea and neighbouring distributions. Curation and naming of existing and incoming palm and pandan material in the collections, working with visitors, students and volunteers using the palm and pandan collections and dealing with enquiries and loan requests to the team.

Selected publications: 

Gardiner, L.M. (2014). Vanda and Taprobanea. In Genera Orchidacearum Volume 6, ed. A.M. Pridgeon, P.J. Cribb, M.W. Chase & F.N. Rasmussen. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Gardiner, LM., Bone, R. & Kilgallen, N.M. (2013). Orchids and eMonocot – assembling research resources and facilitating collaborative taxonomy online. Lankesteriana 13(1-2): 33-37.

Gardiner, L.M., Kocyan, A., Motes, M., Roberts, D.L. & Emerson, B.C. (2013). Molecular phylogenetics of Vanda and related genera (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 549-572.

Gardiner, L.M., Dransfield, J., Marcus, J., & Baker, W.J. (2012). Heterospathe barfodii (Arecaceae), a new species from Papua New Guinea. Palms 56(2): 91-100.

Heatubun, C.D., Gardiner, L.M., & Baker, W.J. (2012). Heterospathe elata Scheff. (Arecaceae): a new record for the New Guinea islands. Palms 56(2): 61-64