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Way, Michael

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Job title: 

Head of Collecting & Network Support

Seed Conservation
Collecting and Network Support
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)

Through line-management of the International Coordinators, the Head of Collecting and Network Support (CNS) is responsible for the collaborations that contribute to the Collection and Sustainable use objectives of the MSB partnership. The role includes oversight of MSBP country and project budgets, and leading on the common standards and procedures for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing that underpin our partnerships. The Head of CNS also forms part of the Departmental Management Team defining MSBP strategy and monitoring achievements on a regular basis.

Contributes to the development of best practice in fieldwork, plant conservation, access and benefit-sharing and habitat restoration through participation in RBG Kew technical committees and work groups.

Selected publications: 

P. León-Lobos, M. Way, P. D. Aranda, and M. Lima-Junior (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

P. León-Lobos, M. Way, M. Rosas, A. Sandoval and H. W. Pritchard (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, and 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 pp19-22. 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