Lauren Phelan

Herbarium Collections Manager


Science Operations


Science Collections


Collections management

I work in the Collections Management Unit, where all incoming and outgoing Herbarium specimen consignments (both loans and gifts) are frozen, recorded, distributed and tracked. I deliver specimens to where they are required for scientific research by specialists at Kew or partner institutes worldwide. I unpack deliveries of dried plant specimens and freeze them to eradicate insect pests. I record details of all incoming consignments on a computerised transaction management system. I ensure compliance with CITES and CBD legislation governing the acquisition and supply of herbarium material. I teach, demonstrate and advise on correct accessions and freezing procedures to staff and visitors.

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