Containing an estimated 1. Dr Lauren Gardiner will reveal some of the treasures being discovered inside this scientifically and historically important collection - including Darwin specimens and the herbarium of Oliver Rackham - as she starts to open the collection up. Now leading the fourth largest herbarium in the UK, Lauren was previously based at one of the largest herbaria in the world, that of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, completing her MSc and PhD with Kew before joining their science staff for over a decade. Lauren's research career centred on plant systematics and taxonomy, conservation, and biodiversity data, specialising in orchids and palms, with field experience around the world, including in Madagascar, New Guinea, and the Himalayas, and she holds a position on the RHS Orchid Committee. In this talk, Lauren will explain how plants collected hundreds of years ago are critical pieces of evidence for conservation and biodiversity studies today - and how the University Herbarium here in Cambridge is only just starting to reveal its many invaluable secrets.
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