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Osborne, Jo

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Job title: 


Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Temperate Regional Team
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (fluent), Portuguese (intermediate)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) Biology with a year in Europe. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • MSc Vegetation Survey and Assessment. The University of Reading.
  • Kew Sustainability Group Representative

Research, curation and vegetation survey for the Temperate Regional Team.  

Taxonomic research in Caprifoliaceae and Rosaceae. Curation of Kew’s Herbarium collections including Apiales, Dipsacales, Vitales, Santalales and Caryophyllales. Identification of new herbarium material from temperate regions. Vegetation survey with a focus on conservation and vegetation restoration in the Arabian Peninsula and SW Asia.

Selected publications: 

Yang, Q., Landrein, S., Osborne, J. & Borosova, R. (2011). Caprifoliaceae. In Flora of China. Vol. 19 (Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae, with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae), ed Wu, Z. Y., P. H. Raven & D. Y. Hong. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 616-641 Available online

Cheek, M. & Osborne, J. (2010) Myrianthus fosi (Cecropiaceae) A new submontane fruit tree from Cameroon. In: The Plants of the Lebialem Highlands, Cameroon, a Conservation Checklist Harvey, Y.; Tchiengué, B. & Cheek, M. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ghazanfar, S. & Osborne, J. (2010) Conservation through restoration: study of a degraded gravel plain in South Eastern Arabia. Pakistan Journal of Botany, Special Issue (S.I. Ali Festschrift) 42: 193-204

Landrein, S.; Borosova, R.; Osborne, J.; Shah, M.; Rajput, M.T.M.; Tahir, S.S. & Zielinski, J. (2009). Flora of Pakistan No. 216. Rosaceae (I) – Potentilleae & Roseae. Jointly published by the Institute of Plant Conservation, University of Karachi and Missouri Botanical Press Available online

Osborne, J.; Borosova, R.; Briggs, M. & Cable, S. (2009). Survey for baseline information on introduced vascular plants: South Georgia. South Atlantic Invasive Species Project (SAISP), co-ordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and funded by the European Commission through EDF-9. South Georgia Introduced Vascular Plants