8 August 2019
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)
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.
Safeguarding the endemic, threatened and useful flora of the Caucasus.
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.