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I am currently living in Leuven in Belgium doing a PhD about wild banana seed conservation. Previously I worked at the Millennium Seed Bank on a project to collect native tree and shrub seeds across the UK. Before all of that I worked with homeless people for many years in London and Cardiff.

My research focuses on understanding plant ecology of tropical crop wild relatives. In particular I am researching reproductive processes including seed germination ecology and gene-flow between generations of banana wild relatives in tropical rain forests. My aim is to conserve and improve use of genetic resources.


  • 2013–2017
    UK National Tree Seed Project Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • 2010–2013
    Outreach Worker, Thames Reach