KMIS lecture: Murder most florid - the power of forensic botany

Experienced consultant and forensic botanist Dr Mark Spencer tells us about one of the more obscure yet fascinating fields of the industry. 

Microscope slide of a wood sample


29 November 2021


6pm to 7pm


Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens

Also available online, live and on demand



Join our talk on forensic botany with experienced consultant and forensic botanist, Dr Mark Spencer.

Mark has worked on various missing person enquiries, murders and other serious crimes.

Plants too can be witnesses to crimes. Their presence in many crime scenes can help an investigator identify a suspect or locate a victim. Even mundane plants such as brambles and nettles can provide valuable insights into when a crime was committed. Fragments of leaves and seeds embedded in soil on the footwear of a suspect can place them at the scene. 

In this talk, hear more about one of the more obscure yet fascinating fields of the industry. 


Kew Mutual Improvement Society Lecture Series

Since 1871, the Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) has been running an annual lecture series to boost your knowledge of the plant and fungal kingdom.  

From talks about historic gardens, to insights from the world of forensic botany, this year's series will introduce you to the latest discoveries and advancements in science and horticulture.  

You will hear from expert  staff, top scientists, and professional gardeners on some of the most ground-breaking research, practices and trends in the world.

Find out more about the 2021 — 2022 KMIS Lecture Series