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Heller, Thomas M.

Job title: 

Assistant Coordinator

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Botany, University of Bristol, 2000.
  • MSc, Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants, Edinburgh University, 2003.

Supporting seed collecting programmes and plant identifcation

Capacity-building of partner country projects in making seed collections, including providing training in species targeting, seed collecting, making vouchers specimens and data handling. Responsible for developing seed conservation in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), as well as co-ordinating a seed-banking and herbarium project in the Middle East. Identifying herbarium vouchers collected for the Millennium Seed Bank Project (MSBP), particularly from Chile, Mexico, southern USA and the UKOTs. Collecting seed of UK native species. Previously Botanical Information Researcher for the MSB Enhancement Project Part 1A, compiling descriptive, distributional and habitat data to aid the targeting of species for the MSBP. Experienced in the use of BRAHMS databases.

Selected publications: 

Heller, T.M., Pearce, L., Cheek, M., Fortune-Hopkins, H., & Onana, J.-M. (2011). Cucurbitaceae. In Cheek, M., Harvey, Y., & Onana, J.-M. (eds) The Plants of Mefou Proposed National Park, Yaoundé, Cameroon: a Conservation Checklist. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 141-143.

Cheek, M., Oben, B. & Heller, T. (2009). The identity of the west-central African Oricia lecomteana Pierre, with a new combination in Vepris (Rutaceae). Kew Bulletin 64: 509-512. Available online

Heller, T.M. & Cheek, M. (2004). Rutaceae. In Cheek, M., Pollard, B.J., Darbyshire, I., Onana, J-M., & Wild C. (eds) The Plants of Kupe, Mwanenguba and the Bakossi Mountains, Cameroon: a Conservation Checklist. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 395-397.