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Wearn, James

Job title: 

Science (Education) Administrator

Office of the Science Directorate
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (basic), Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) University of London (2002)
  • PhD, Microbial Ecology, University of London (2006)
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (2010)
  • Skvortsovia Editor (2013 - present)
  • Flora of Thailand Organising Committee (2013)

I facilitate the delivery of Kew’s mission by enhancing the impact of Kew’s science within the Gardens (through ‘Science in the Gardens’ public engagement) and through taught courses. I am engaged in the creation and publicity of Kew’s new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation.

I am also leading ‘Kew Gardens at War’, a First World War Centenary commemoration project which explores the influences of the two World Wars on science and horticulture.

Responsibilities include:

• Development and dissemination of Kew’s science education (including internal and external courses)
• Liaising with Kew’s ‘Science in the Gardens’ working group
• Project Manager, ‘Kew Gardens at War’

Selected publications: 

Wearn, J. (2015). Risking their lives to collect plants on the Salonika Front. The New Mosquito. Journal of the Salonika Campaign Society 31.

Wearn, J. (2014) Kew in wartime. Kew Magazine 84: 48-53. Available online

Wearn, J. & Hudson, J. (2014) Lichens and war graves – from Kew’s Archives to the modern day. British Lichen Society Bulletin 114: 23-26.

Currie, A.F., Wearn, J., Hodgson, S., Wendt, H., Broughton, S. & Jin, L. (2014 [2013]). Foliar fungal endophytes in herbaceous plants: a marriage of convenience? Pp. 61-81 in Verma, V. & Gange, A.C. (eds.), Advances in Endophytic Research. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg [book chapter]. Available online

Wearn, J. A. & Schuiteman, A. (2013). Plant conservation in Thailand: Dokmai Garden and the Orchid Ark. Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 59: 5-14. Available online