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Caroline Pannell

Since graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences (Botany), I have followed an academic career at the University of Oxford, working mainly on Aglaia, a genus of Indo-Malayan Australasian tropical trees. Aglaia is the largest genus in the mahogany family, with at least 120 species. My research has included more than two years of tropical field work, observations on reproductive biology (especially seed-dispersal by vertebrates), monographic classification of the entire genus Aglaia, throughout its range, flora-writing and historical biogeography. I am also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a Visiting Researcher at Queen’s Marine Laboratory, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Caroline's work profile

Caroline works in the following sector(s): University, Personal

Caroline's primary institution is: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

Caroline's position is: Research Associate in Plant Taxonomy

Caroline's work in taxonomy 

Caroline has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Editing publishing and reviewing, Science Communication, Public Outreach

Caroline's skills are in Species delimitation, Classification, Biogeography

Caroline works on the taxonomy of Plants, Flowering Plants, Meliaceae, especially Aglaia

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Caroline is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact from members of the public for identifications in areas of expertise

Contact re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

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