Qui suis-je? Who am I? Wer bin Ich?
Trained as a biologist & ecologist, I am fascinated by all research linked to plants, from physiology to ethnobotany, horticulture to ecology. My BSc research focused on pollens of Psychotria, and my MSc on systematics of a small genus of African orchids.
I am particularly interested in the love-hate relationship between plant conservation and horticulture, and more specifically how cultivation can help better understand, preserve and raise awareness on the importance of plant diversity.
I have worked in the Rubiaceae (think coffee) team at Meise Botanic Garden (Belgium), in the UK NGO Plant Heritage developing a network of living libraries preserving the diversity of cultivated plants, and volunteered in many conservation projects.
I live and work in the UK and France, and enjoy gardening, travelling to see plants in the wild (cover image: Mount Fansipan in Northern Vietnam), collecting antique science books and 1970s records.