Ms Kathryn Fowler

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Research Assistant, Biodiversity Indicator Portal

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Algae, Fungi and Plants Division

Summary

Having started as a Life Sciences volunteer at the museum in 2017, I went on to pursue my master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation before joining the Plants Under Pressure project as a research assistant. I am interested in global biodiversity issues and species conservation, with a particular interest in plants and how their morphological and functional traits influence the likelihood of a species becoming threatened or invasive. My role involves helping to produce assessments for the sampled Red List Index (SRLI) for plant species, by ensuring that all assessments meet the required IUCN standards before submission. I also aid in the production of new assessments by collating data from herbarium specimens and literature, and producing species range maps. As well as being published on the Red List, these assessments help to provide an overview of the status of the world’s plants and will be included in the museum’s Biodiversity Indicator Portal; a digital tool designed to help policy makers set biodiversity targets.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc, Imperial College London, London, 2019 - 2020

BSc, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2015

Employment history

Academic

Research Assistant, Biodiversity Indicator Portal, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2021 - ongoing

Non-academic

Life Sciences Volunteer, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2017 - 2021

Introduction

Summary

Having started as a Life Sciences volunteer at the museum in 2017, I went on to pursue my master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation before joining the Plants Under Pressure project as a research assistant. I am interested in global biodiversity issues and species conservation, with a particular interest in plants and how their morphological and functional traits influence the likelihood of a species becoming threatened or invasive. My role involves helping to produce assessments for the sampled Red List Index (SRLI) for plant species, by ensuring that all assessments meet the required IUCN standards before submission. I also aid in the production of new assessments by collating data from herbarium specimens and literature, and producing species range maps. As well as being published on the Red List, these assessments help to provide an overview of the status of the world’s plants and will be included in the museum’s Biodiversity Indicator Portal; a digital tool designed to help policy makers set biodiversity targets.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc, Imperial College London, London, 2019 - 2020

BSc, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2015

Employment history

Academic

Research Assistant, Biodiversity Indicator Portal, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2021 - ongoing

Non-academic

Life Sciences Volunteer, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2017 - 2021