eMonocot team member
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Foreign Language(s):Conversational French & Mauritian Creole
Qualifications & Appointments
Botanist and grant PI for “Floristic Inventory of the Coastal Savannas of French Guiana” funded by an NGS/ Waitt Grant 2010 (7 months)
PhD Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin 2006-2009
Freelance writer for the Eden Foundation & volunteer for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius 2005 (1yr)
Horticulture Coordinator (nursery manager), the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius 2003-2004 (1yr)
MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity of Plants, RBG Edinburgh & the University of Edinburgh 2002- 2003 (1yr)
Kew Diploma in horticulture, School of Horticulture, RBG Kew 1999-2002
Primary role: Researching, quality checking, assembling and delivering digital content for web resources providing a wide range of biodiversity information via the web, focusing on monocot plant families, genera and species. Content includes nomenclature, taxonomic descriptions, images, geographical, ecological, DNA sequence and conservation data as well as novel interactive keys and identification tools.
Selected Recent Publications
Fay, MF., Bone, R., Cook, P., Kahandawala, I., Greensmith, J., Harris, S., Pedersen, H.A., Ingrouille, MJ., Lexer, C. (2009). Genetic diversity in Cypripedium calceolus (Orchidaceae) with a focus on north-western Europe, as revealed by plastid DNA length polymorphisms. Annals of Botany. 104: 517-525.