Michael Way

Conservation Partnership Coordinator


Enhanced Partnerships


Millennium Seed Bank Partnership


Ecologist, extensive experience of plant conservation. Specialising in collecting genetic resources, capacity building, access & benefit sharing in Latin America.

I am one of a team responsible for the conservation projects and collaborations that contribute to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership global seed banking strategic output. My focus is on the Americas region where I have enjoyed extensive fieldwork and project experience since joining Kew in 1992. As an ecologist, I develop and share expertise in the sampling and ex situ conservation of genetic diversity as part of integrated conservation strategies. I am currently developing seed conservation projects in Canada, USA, Mexico, and Chile, and am responsible for related MSBP capacity-building within the region.

  • Chartered Environmentalist CEnv and Member of the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management MIEEM
  • BSc (Hons), Applied and Environmental Biology, Univ. York, 1988
  • Overseas Fieldwork Committee (RBG Kew)

León-Lobos, P., Way, M., Aranda, P. D. & Lima-Junior, M. (2012)

The role ofex situ seed banks in the conservation of plant diversity and in ecological restoration in Latin America.

Plant Ecology & Diversity 2012: 1–14. 

León-Lobos, P., Way, M., Rosas, M., Sandoval, A. & Pritchard, H. W. (2011)

The contribution of the Millennium Seed Bank Project to ex situ plant conservation in Chile.

Kew Bulletin 65:1-7. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Hardwick, K., Fiedler, P., Lee, L.C., Pavlik, B., Hobbs, R.J., Aronson, J., Bidartondo, M., Black, E., Coates, D., Daws, M.I.,Dixon, K., Elliott, S., Ewing, K., Gann, G., Gibbons, D., Gratzfeld, J., Hamilton, M., Hardman, D., Harris, J., Holmes, P.M., Jones, M., Mabberley, D., Mackenzie, A., Magdalena, C., Marrs, R., Milliken, W., Mills, A., Nic Lughadha, E., Ramsay, M., Smith, P., Taylor, N., Trivedi, C., Way, M., Whaley, O. & Hopper, S.D (2011)

Defining the Role of Botanic Gardens in the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Conservation Biology 

Volume 25, No. 2: 265–275

Way, M. & Wenham, J. (2008)

Safeguarding plant collections from the wild and from the garden

Public Garden Issue Three-Four: 19-22. American Public Garden Association.

Way, M. J. (2003).

Collecting seed from non-domesticated plants for long-term conservation.

In: Seed Conservation: turning science into practice. Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.B., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W. & Probert, R.J. (eds). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pages 163-201

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