My role is split between field, lab and office at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to assist with the UK Flora Project outputs. In the lab, I am working with species which have been found to be difficult to store or germinate (particularly micro-seeded species such as Orchidaceae and aquatic plants) to better understand germination and storage requirements, longevity and post-harvest handling. I plan and participate in field trips across the UK to make seed collections of a range of UK species including data, herbarium specimen and tissue sample collections. I am also involved in research, training, data management and facilitating seed collections made by project partners.
- MSc, Imperial College, 2015
- BA (Hons), Cardiff University, 2008
UK Native Seed Hub (Legacy)
Mobilising Kew's seed collections, facilities and expertise "to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration." This project has now concluded.
UK Flora Project (Legacy)
Enhancing the UK collections stored in the Millennium Seed Bank with a focus on threatened and useful species, and optimised the storage and germination protocols for these collections. This project has now concluded.