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Darren Crayn

Darren is Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium joint venture (JCU, CSIRO, Qld Govt). His research focuses on the origins, evolution and classification of plants and deals broadly with the questions: how many plant species exist, where do they occur, how are they related and how have they evolved? His skills and knowledge have recently been applied to understanding opportunities for developing novel or improved crops and medicines based on Australian native biodiversity, including Traditional Owner rights to their Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge through his fostering of the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre based at the ATH. He is deeply connected with national and international plant biodiversity forums and initiatives through his roles on the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (Chair); Australian Systematic Botany (Editor-in-Chief); Genomes for Australian Plants Framework Data Initiative (Steering Committee and Lead of Phylogenomics Project); International Flora Malesiana Foundation (Board), etc.

Darren's work profile

Darren works in the following sector(s): University, Collections Institution

Darren's primary institution is: Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University

Darren's position is: Director

Darren's work in taxonomy 

Darren has the following roles: Collecting, Identification, Research, Institution Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Darren's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Genetics & Genomics, Biogeography

Darren works on the taxonomy of Plants, Flowering Plants, Ericaceae, Elaeocarpaceae, heaths, heathers, quandongs

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Darren 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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