Taxonomic principles and tools in botanical research: a short course

A course about plant taxonomy designed for environmental science researchers and PhD students by the Museum's taxonomy specialists. 

March 10-14 2014


Natural History Museum, London.

The course will begin by covering taxonomic tools, nomenclature and the role of collections in botanical research.

Participants will then be split into small groups for specialist training tailored to their chosen taxonomic group.

Specialist training is on offer for vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, marine macroalgae and freshwater algae and will cover the principles of

  • classification
  • main diagnostic characters used in taxonomy
  • methods used in identification
  • best practice in collecting specimens

There will be 

  • two days of lectures and demonstrations
  • three days of practical sessions
    • one day in the field
    • two days in the herbarium/laboratory

See full course outline

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form and return by the closing date, January 10 2014.

Application form

The course is available to all environmental sciences students or junior environmental scientists.

There are 25 places available and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

Contact us

For further information about this course please contact:

Dr Silvia Pressel
Dr Silvia Pressel

Botanical diversity researcher in the Plants Division, Life Sciences department.


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