8 August 2019
Dr Aisyah Faruk
Conservation Partnership Coordinator (Oceania and Europe)
Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
Conservation, ecology, sustainable use of plants
I joined RBG Kew in 2015 as part of the International Seed Conservation Team. Initially, coordinating partnerships in the Caucasus and the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to that, I have extensive experience in tropical conservation, completing my PhD on Biological Sciences, investigating the impact of mono-cultures on biodiversity in Malaysia.
My current role involves coordinating projects and partnerships across Europe and Oceania (Australia and the Pacific). The activities involve collecting and conserving seeds, collaborating with local institutions on research of endemic and highly threatened/rare flora and the sustainable use of important wild harvested plants.
- Bsc (2:1 Hons), Queen Mary University of London, 2008
- PhD Biological Science, Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with Institute of Zoology, 2013
- Technical Associate for Wild Asia, Malaysia (2013-2014)
Global Tree Seed Bank of the Caucasus
Conserving the native tree flora of the Caucasus through seed collection and research into species germination requirements
Coffee natural capital for environmental and livelihood sustainability in Uganda
Assessment and utilization of Uganda’s wild coffee species for livelihood improvement, coffee sector sustainability, and environmental protection.
Conserving the Flora of the Balkans: Native Plants of Greece
Seed collecting and research to ensure the long-term survival of Greece's diverse flora
Enhancing rural Caucasian livelihoods through fruit and nut conservation
Protecting important fruit and nut species in Georgia and Armenia through rural community engagements, ex situ seed conservation and research.
Adapting agriculture to climate change
Collecting and protecting the wild relatives of the world’s most important food crops to safeguard our future food security in a changing climate.
Alpine seed conservation and research network
Conserving more than 500 species from the European Alps by collecting seeds and storing them ex situ in seed banks.
Global Tree Seed Bank Programme
Conserving some of the world’s rarest, endangered and useful tree and shrub species as well as conducting vital tree conservation research in order to retain a significant resource for humanity.