Born: 31 May 1968
Nationality: British / French (dual)
BAHons in Pure & Applied Biology, 2.i, University of Oxford, 1989.
PhD, Taxonomy of the species-rich genus Pilea (Urticaceae), Oxford Brookes University, 2007
Career: 1993-present Researcher, Department of Botany, NHM
Main research interests are the documentation, discovery and conservation of biodiversity, with particular emphasis on Central America and the flowering plant family Urticaceae (ca 2000 spp) Worldwide. Cross-cutting themes include, realising the potential of biological collections to support conservation, the documentation of the biodiversity of poorly or un-explored areas of Central America, and generating local taxonomic capacity. This has been achieved through Flora Mesoamericana, an international NHM flagship project, and additional stand-alone field-based projects.
Main collaborators are Nelson Zamora (INBio), Angel Solis (INBio), Eduardo Boza (University of Costa Rica), Federico Bolanos (University of Costa Rica), Mireya Correa (University of Panamá), Wei Yi-Gang (Guangxi Institute of Botany), the National Botanic Garden of Cuba (HAJB), the Nature Conservancy (Costa Rica) and the Equilibrium Fund.
Images of many of these collections are available on W3 Tropicos http://www.tropicos.org/SpecimenSearch.aspx