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Lynch, Anna H.

Job title: 

Research Anatomist & Database Manager

Jodrell Laboratory
Foreign languages: 

basic French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), University of London.
  • MSc, University of Wales (Aberystwyth).

Systematic micromorphology of monocotyledons; bibliographic database management (Currently on secondment as Project Office Co-ordinator, IT)

Responsible for managing all aspects of the strategically important Plant Micromorphology Bibliographic Database, and its future development. This involves selecting, recording and updating anatomical literature, training staff on use of the database and undertaking searches in response to enquiries from many sources, including research scientists and the general public. Since completing a Masters degree in Biological Electron Microscopy, research skills in electron microscopy techniques as applied to plants have been developed, particularly in EDX-ray analysis and SEM. Current research is focused on comparative leaf anatomy of Hyacinthaceae and Agavaceae, contributing to research publications and to the Anatomy of the Monocotyledons volume series. Higher Education support is given to the Horticultural Training programme (School of Horticulture), through lecturing on the Structural Botany course of the Kew Diploma.

Selected publications: 

Lynch, A.H., Rudall, P.J., Cutler, D.F. (2006) Leaf anatomy and systematics of Hyacinthaceae. Kew Bulletin 61 (2): 145-159.

Lynch, A.H. & Banks* H. (comps) (2001). Plant Micromorphology Bibliographic Database - Online (PMBD). Release 1.0. [Online database] Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available online