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Pearce, Timothy

Aloe vera plant
Job title: 

Conservation Partnership Coordinator for Africa

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 

June 1999

Foreign languages: 

Kiswahili (conversational)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Aberdeen, 1982
  • MSc, Univ. Aberdeen, 1986

I am focussed on developing the seed conservation programmes across Kew's African partners, delivering Kew’s strategic target of securing seeds from 25% of the world’s flora by 2020.

Of the c.75,000 African plant species, we currently hold c.20,000 African seed collections representing c.11,000 taxa. I have set an ambitious 5 year target of securing collections from a further 10,000 taxa held to international seed banking standards across Kew's African partners.

As well as this seed collection effort, I am continuing to develop the MSBP Data Warehouse in order to harvest data from those non-duplicated seed collections held across the MSBP.

Selected publications: 

Griffiths, K.E., Balding, S.T., Dickie, J.D., Lewis, G.P., Pearce, T.R. & Grenyer, R. (2014) Maximising the Phylogenetic Diversity of Seed Banks. Conservation Biology. Article first published online: 5 SEP 2014, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12390.

Pearce, T.R., Kindeketa, W.J., Shadrak, S.A. & Gereau, R. (2013) The Tanzanian National Biodiversity Information Management Tool. Online website portal. Available online

Pearce, T.R. (2012) Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Data Warehouse. Online website portal. Available online

Grace, O.M., Malombe, I., Davis, S.D., Pearce, T.R. & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2010) Identifying priority species in dryland Kenya for conservation in the Millennium Seed Bank Project. In Van de Burgh, X.;Van der Maesen, J.;Onana, J.-M. (eds.), Systematics and conservation of African plants, pp. 749-758. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Pearce, T.R. & Bytebier, B. (2002) The role of an herbarium and its database in supporting plant conservation. In: Maunder, M. et al. (ed.), Plant conservation in the tropics. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.