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Miles, Stephanie M. H.

Job title: 

UK Collections Co-ordinator

Department: 
Conservation Science
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
  • University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification; University of Birmingham 2013

Role: 

I coordinate the seed collection programme of the UK flora through cooperation with a range of organisations and individuals. This includes management of projects designed to strengthen the range and quality of seed bank collections available for research, education and restoration.  I assist with seed collection and propagation initiatives for priority species in support of in-situ restoration and recovery projects via the UK Native Seed Hub.

I provide advice and training to UK seed collectors to ensure that appropriate collecting protocols are followed, including accompanying data, herbarium specimen and tissue sample wherever possible.

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.