Qualifications & Appointments
PhD Phylogenetics and Conservation of the Genus Vanda (Orchidaceae), University of East Anglia, 2007
MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 2004
MSc Plant Diversity (Taxonomy and Evolution), University of Reading, 2003
BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), University of Cambridge, 2002
Disability Equality Group Representative, RBG Kew
Prospect Environment Representative, RBG Kew
Consultant Scientist, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Radstock
Chair of the IUCN SSC Orchid Specialist Group Early Career Committee
Trustee, Orchid Conservation International
Systematics and curation of Palms and Pandans.
Research interests are in the family Arecaceae, with a particular focus on New Guinea. Shortly to publish a synopsis of Heterospathe in New Guinea and neighbouring distributions. Curation and naming of existing and incoming palm and pandan material in the collections, working with visitors, students and volunteers using the palm and pandan collections and dealing with enquiries and loan requests to the team.
Selected Recent Publications
Roberts, D.L., L.M. Gardiner, and M. Motes. 2008. Vanda longitepala (Orchidaceae): a new species from Burma. Kew Bulletin 63(3) Sept: 495-497.
Roberts, D.L., L.M. Gardiner, and M. Motes. 2007. Vanda flavobrunnea, a new name for V.pumila; and two other enigmatic species from the genus Vanda. Orchid Review. 115 (1278) Nov-Dec: 316-319.
Gardiner, L.M. 2007. Vanda tricolor Lindl. Conservation in Java, Indonesia: Genetic and Geographic Structure and History. Lankesteriana 7 (1-2): 272-280.
Gardiner, L.M., D.L. Roberts, and B.C. Emerson. 2005. Preliminary Phylogeny of the SE Asian genus Vanda (Orchidaceae), The Proceedings of 18th World Orchid Conference, Dijon, 2005, Naturalia Publications, pp199-204
Gardiner, L.M., J.E. Hawkins, and D.L. Roberts. 2005. Species Delimitation in Vanda sect. Cristatae (Orchidaceae), Selbyana 26(1-2): 347-353