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Way, Michael

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Job title: 

Conservation Partnership Co-ordinator (Americas)

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Portuguese, Spanish

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Chartered Environmentalist CEnv and Member of the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management MIEEM
  • BSc (Hons), Applied and Environmental Biology, Univ. York, 1988
  • Overseas Fieldwork Committee (RBG Kew)

I am one of a team responsible for the conservation projects and collaborations that contribute to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership global seed banking strategic output. My focus is on the Americas region where I have enjoyed extensive fieldwork and project experience since joining Kew in 1992. As an ecologist, I develop and share expertise in the sampling and ex situ conservation of genetic diversity as part of integrated conservation strategies. I am currently developing seed conservation projects in Canada, USA, Mexico, and Chile, and am responsible for related MSBP capacity-building within the region.

Selected publications: 

León-Lobos, P., Way, M., Aranda, P. D. & Lima-Junior, M. (2012). The role of ex situ seed banks in the conservation of plant diversity and in ecological restoration in Latin America. Plant Ecology & Diversity 2012: 1–14. Available online

León-Lobos, P., Way, M., Rosas, M., Sandoval, A. & Pritchard, H. W. (2011). The contribution of the Millennium Seed Bank Project to ex situ plant conservation in Chile. Kew Bulletin 65:1-7. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Kate Hardwick, Peggy Fiedler, Lyndon C. Lee, Bruce Pavlik, Richard J. Hobbs, James Aronson, Martin Bidartondo, Eric Black, David Coates, Matthew I. Daws, Kingsley Dixon, Stephen Elliott, Kern Ewing, George Gann, David Gibbons, Joachim Gratzfeld, Martin Hamilton, David Hardman, Jim Harris, Pat M. Holmes, Meirion Jones, David Mabberley, Andrew Mackenzie, Carlos Magdalena, Robert Marrs, William Milliken, Anthony Mills, Eimear Nic Lughadha, Margaret Ramsay, Paul Smith, Nigel Taylor, Clare Trivedi, Michael Way, Oliver Whaley & Stephen D. Hopper (2011). Defining the Role of Botanic Gardens in the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Conservation Biology, Volume 25, No. 2: 265–275.

Way, M. & Wenham, J. (2008). Safeguarding plant collections from the wild and from the garden. Public Garden Issue Three-Four: 19-22. American Public Garden Association.

Way, M. J. (2003). Collecting seed from non-domesticated plants for long-term conservation. In: Seed Conservation: turning science into practice. Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.B., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W. & Probert, R.J. (eds). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pages 163-201. Collecting Seed from non-domesticated plants for long-term conservation