This 5-day intensive course introduces flowering plant families to committed amateurs, undergraduates, graduates and professionals. The aim is to develop an understanding of the evolution and systematics of the major plant families and the practical skills needed when approaching the identification of plant material. Teaching is through a combination of practical sessions and lectures covering exemplars of major flowering plant families. The course makes extensive use of plant material and the living collections across the Botanic Garden and includes a visit to the University’s Herbarium, housed in the Sainsbury Laboratory.
Samuel Brockington, FLS, is a Senior Lecturer in Evolution at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Curator of Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
Sam received 1st Class honours in Plant Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. He did his postgraduate research in evolutionary developmental biology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and gained his PhD in 2009 from the University of Florida. His doctoral thesis was titled “Evolutionary Development of Petals in Aizoaceae (Caryophyllales)”. Returning to Cambridge, Sam was initially a Marie Curie Re-Integration Fellow, a Newton Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Bye-Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge between 2009 and 2013. He was awarded a NERC Independent Research Fellowship in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Plant Sciences, and Curator of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. He holds a number of appointments outside of his university career. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society, member of the Botanical Society of America, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bedforshire-Cambridgeshire-Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.
Find out more about Sam’s research here, and find an up-to-date list of his publications here.
Ros Bennett is a freelance botanist and ecologist whose work has taken her to many parts of the globe. Her expertise lies principally in the native floras of Europe. She runs plant taxonomy courses for professionals and amateurs in many branches of botany. Her regular clientele includes professional ecologists, amateur naturalists, ethnobotanists, postgraduate students and trainee gardeners. She works on behalf of many organisations – in particular the Field Studies Council, Kent Wildlife Trust, various ecological consultancies and universities (most recently – Birmingham, Kent, Manchester Metropolitan and Cambridge).
Bookings for this course will close on Friday 12 May
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