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Tanya Scharaschkin

I am a plant systematist and artist. My core areas of interest are phylogenetic relationships, character evolution and historical biogeography. I am especially interested in plant structure and have considerable experience with light microscopy, sectioning and staining. I thoroughly enjoy fieldwork and often collect plants for other research groups (e.g., Biosecurity Queensland).

I am intrigued by patterns in nature and keen to share the beauty of plants that I see at different scales as a botanist. My artwork combines traditional botanical art with photography and digital art using a variety of media. I hope my art will inspire others to not only admire plants but also develop an understanding and appreciation for the biology of plants. I offer a variety of workshops as a way of sharing her enthusiasm for plants and bringing art and science together.

I was born and brought up in Pakistan. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master’s in Science degree in Zoology from Pakistan, followed by a Master’s degree in Vertebrate Paleontology and a PhD in Plant Systematics from the US. Much of my academic career was spent at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. I am now a free-lance botanist and artist, living and working in Collinsvale, Tasmania.

Tanya's work profile

Tanya works in the following sector(s): Consultancy, Personal

Tanya's primary institution is: Botanical Research, Art and Training

Tanya's position is: Self-employed

Tanya's work in taxonomy 

Tanya has the following roles: Collecting, Identification, Research, Editing publishing and reviewing, Science Communication, Public Outreach, Other

Tanya's skills are in Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Imaging

Tanya works on the taxonomy of Plants, Flowering Plants, Poaceae, grasses, Annonaceae

Tanya 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 by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

Use the button below to contact Tanya for one of the reasons above. Please don't make contact for any other reason.