Taxonomic principles and tools in botanical research: a short course

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

March 16-20 2015


Natural History Museum, London.

Participants will learn:

  • key principles and techniques of taxonomy
  • how to use handbooks and keys for taxonomic identification and microscopy techniques
  • key features and terminology used in identifying organisms in taxonomic group of choice
  • best practices in collecting, preparing and preserving specimens for research
  • field identification/collection of specimens for taxonomic research
  • how to optimise herbarium use for research

Specialist training is on offer for vascular plants (flowering plants and ferns), bryophytes, lichens and marine macroalgae (red, brown and green seaweeds).

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 18 2015.

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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