Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Hertfordshire researcher becomes new president of Botanical Society

Dr Ian Denholm
On 12th June, Dr Ian Denholm, from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, becomes the new President of the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI).

Ian is research leader in Geography, Environment and Agriculture at the University with particular interest in the ecology and systematics of wild orchids. Orchids have an iconic status in conservation biology and are well suited for research at the interface of ecology and evolution. Ian and his BSBI co-referee, Professor Richard Batemen (Kew), are the botanical experts to whom the society’s 3,000 members and the wider botanical community, turn to for advice on correct identification of these difficult plants.

Ian has been a driving force behind the society’s recent initiatives in publicity and outreach. His presentation to journalists and conservationists, at the May 2013 launch of the State of Nature report, showcased BSBI as a key partner in this new coalition of conservation and research organisations supporting British wildlife.

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