Research at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

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Richard graduated from University of British Columbia, PhD Botany in 1980 and has been Director of Botanic Garden & Curator of the Herbarium since 1999. Richard teaches on the BSc Biological Sciences . His research interests: include plant taxonomy, systematics and evolution, with a focus on:
  • taxonomic and biosystematic studies of the Saxifragaceae, using morphological, anatomical and molecular data; including floristic accounts for various genera of the Saxifragaceae for the Flora of North America, Flora of China and Flora of Nepal. Currently writing an account of Saxifraga for the Flora of the Pan-Himalaya
  • studies of gene flow, genetic diversity and evolution in aquatic plants (esp. Potamogeton and Callitriche)