Alexandra Davey

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Deputy Director of Science (Research) at Royal Botanic Gardens EdinburghSystematics and biodiversity, palynology and palaeobotany, science impact, science policy

Committee Role: Ordinary Member

I’ve been at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for nearly twenty years, involved in a wide range of projects from writing field guides to the trees of Congo, to studying the evolution of pollen morphology across flowering plants, to reconstructing past vegetation and climate from sediment cores in the mountains of southwest China. Most recently, I led on science policy and impact, working closely with colleagues in SEFARI, RESAS and NatureScot on areas such as the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. I now help manage RBGE’s Science programme, guided by our strategy: Responding to the Biodiversity Crisis and Climate Emergency. In my own research I am interested in exploring pathways from science to policy and behavioural impact, including how we prioritise species and habitats for conservation action.


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