Natural Capital and Plant Health Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Plants offer vital solutions to the challenges facing global food security and agriculture, health and livelihoods. Climate change and habitat conversion present major threats to the natural capital on which our future depends, whilst the traditional knowledge that can help unlock its potential is being eroded. A range of methodologies is available to evaluate geographical and taxonomic distribution of useful species and their traits, and to apply them to the development of practical solutions. The DPhil student will be part of an interdisciplinary research group conducting pioneering multidisciplinary work in plant-based natural capital and is likely to undertake field research in at least one tropical site. The details of any DPhil project will be defined in discussion with the student, but a number of potential avenues of research may be incorporated including ethnobotany, geographical modelling, traits analysis and field or laboratory trials.
Associated Research Streams
useful plants, ethnobotany, ecosystem services, sustainable management, livelihoods