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Miles, Stephanie M. H.

Job title: 

UK Collections Co-ordinator

Department: 
Seed Conservation
Section: 
Collections and Network Support
Joined Kew: 

1997

Foreign languages: 

French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Processing Team Supervisor, RBG Kew 1997 - 2011
  • BTec HND, Conservation Management, Farnborough College of Technology, 1995.
Role: 

Co-ordination of a seed collection programme in the UK through cooperation with a range of organisations and individuals, in accordance with priorities to strengthen seed bank collections and support restoration activities via the UK Native Seed Hub.

To provide advice and/or training to UK seed collectors to ensure that appropriate collecting protocols are followed and collections are accessioned with appropriate field data.

To initiate, manage and deliver programmes of seed collection and plant propagation of selected UK priority species in support of in situ restoration and recovery projects.

To advise on the curation and regeneration of UK collections and to contribute to strategy and decisions on RBG Kew’s local ecological restoration projects.

Selected publications: 

Wood, C.B., Miles, S., Rix, C., Terry, J. & Daws, M. (2005). The effects of seed oil content on viability assessment using tetrazolium: a case study using 171 species. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 143: 17-23.