Dr Alan Paton

Head of Science Collections




Science Collections


Collections management. Systematics of tropical Lamiaceae (basils and allies)

I head the Science Collections Department which includes the Herbarium, Fungarium, Spirit Collection, Economic Botany Collection, the Seed Collections, DNA and Tissue Bank, micromorphological slide collections and related digitial collections. I oversee collection management policies and procedures to ensure that the collections are well curated and accessible to support research into key questions in plant and fungal science.

My own research focuses on mechanisms to increase access and use of the collections and on the taxonomy and sytematics of the Lamiaceae, particularly basils and allies.

Strategic Outputs 2020

Output leader for Digitising the Collections

  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Edinburgh, 1986
  • PhD, Univ. Edinburgh, 1989
  • Coordination Mechanism, Global Taxonomy Initiative of the CBD
  • Plants Conservation Committee, IUCN-SSC
  • Red List Commitee, IUCN
  • Editorial Board of Phytokeys
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

Paton, A.J. (2013)

From Working List to Online Flora of All Known Plants — Looking Forward with Hind-sight.

Annals of Missouri Botanical Garden 99: 206-213.

Victor, J.E., Smith G.F., Turland N.J., le Roux, M., Paton, A., Figueiredo, N.R. Crouch, van Wyk, A.E., Filer,D. & van Wyk. E. (2014).

Creating an Online World Flora by 2020: a perspective from South Africa.

Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 251-263.

Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R.M., Harvey, Y.B., Iwarsson, M., Willis, F, Phillipson, P.B., Balkwill, C.W., Oteino, D., & Harley, R.M. (2013)


In: Flora Zambesiaca 8, 8. 346 pp, ed. Timberlake, J. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Paton, A. (2009)

Biodiversity informatics and the plant conservation baseline.

Trends in Plant Science 14: 629-637.

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