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Hardwick, Kate A.

Photo of Kate Hardwick
Job title: 

Conservation Partnership Coordinator

Department: 
Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 

2002

Foreign languages: 

French, Spanish, Thai

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Bath, 1990
  • PhD, Univ. Wales (Bangor), 2000 
Role: 

As a Conservation Partnership Coordinator in the Seed Conservation section, my job is to develop and maintain Millennium Seed Bank partnerships, projects and networks, particularly in Asia. We aim to secure the safe storage of seed from at least 25% of the world’s bankable plant species, whilst promoting plant conservation, sustainable utilisation of plant resources, habitat restoration and the improvement of livelihoods. I am also involved in several research projects that explore the use of seeds in ecological restoration, with an emphasis on tropical forests and temperate grasslands.

Selected publications: 

Elliott, S.D., Blakesley, D. & Hardwick, K. (2013). Restoring Tropical Forests: a practical guide. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available online

Hardwick, K. A., Fiedler, P., Lee, L. C., Pavlik, B., Hobbs, R. J., Aronson, J., Bidartondo, M., Black, E., Coates, D., Daws, M. I., Dixon, K., Elliott, S., Ewing, K., Gann, G., Gibbons, D., Gratzfeld, J., Hamilton, M., Hardman, D., Harris, J., Holmes, P. M., Jones, M., Mabberley, D., Mackenzie, A., Magdalena, C., Marrs, R., Milliken, W., Mills, A., nic Lughadha, E., Ramsay, M., Smith, P., Taylor, N., Trivedi, C., Way, M., Whaley O. & Hopper, S.D. (2011). The Role of Botanic Gardens in the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration. Conservation Biology 25 (2): 265-275. Available online

Nic Lughadha, E., Baillie, J., Barthlott, W., Brummitt, N.A., Cheek, M. R., Farjon, A., Govaerts, R., Hardwick, K.A., Hilton-Taylor, C., Meagher, T.R., Moat, J., Mutke, J., Paton, A.J., Pleasants, L.J., Savolainen, V., Schatz, G.E., Smith, P., Turner, I., Wyse-Jackson, P. & Crane, P.R. (2005). Measuring the fate of plant diversity: towards a foundation for future monitoring and opportunities for urgent action. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B 360 (1454): 359-372. Available online

Hardwick, K.A, Healey, J., Elliott S. & Blakesley, D. (2004). Research needs for restoring seasonal tropical forests in Thailand for wildlife conservation: II. Accelerated natural regeneration. New Forests 27 (3): 285-302. Available online

Hardwick, K., Healey, J., Elliott, S., Garwood, N. & Anusarnsunthorn, V. (1997). Understanding and assisting natural regeneration processes in degraded seasonal evergreen forests in northern Thailand. Forest Ecology and Management 99 (1): 203-214. Available online