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SER Europe 2014 Oulu: reflections from one barmy botanist

OK so Dr M is one of the eight barmy botanists (and a driver) who drove in a little red mini-bus all the way from the Czech Republic through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and across the water to Finland, and all in 5 days! We had lots of adventures on the way and you can read about them here! But this post is to
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Dr M invades Europe: eXtreme botany’s first anniversary tour!

Is Europe ready for eXtreme botany? Well, ready or not, here he comes, and Dr M’s trusty botanical companion Grasshead simply can’t wait! 2014 marks the first anniversary of eXtreme botany and Dr M is celebrating by embarking on a European tour which tracks an eXtreme botanical transect from the Czech Republic, through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and from thence to Finland. While in Finland
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Garden grass games, great squirting cucumbers and more with Dr Julie Hawkins

Dr M’s new series of botanical “selfies” continues with #3 Julie Hawkins who also admits to a fascination with those squirting cucumbers, read on… I am… Associate Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution, University of Reading, admission tutor for MSc Plant Diversity. I got into botany… thanks to my Granny, who fought a many-faceted campaign to “make me a botanist”. Highlights included sending a group of neighbourhood kids
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Dr M’s MalHam diary #5

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading MSc Plant Diversity students, this is #5 in Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 5 Wednesday: Today is assignment day! Could explain why students were so (unusually?) quiet at breakfast! Dr M started the day leading students in a walk from Malham village to Malham Cove with a spot test
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Ways to inspire the next generation of British botanists!

Worried about the loss of ID and related skills amongst British graduates? Want to study botany but can’t find any suitable courses left? Want to help keep botany British botany alive and kicking into the next millennium?! This is your chance to tell Dr M what needs to be done to inspire the next generation of British botanists and plant scientists!


Dr M’s MalHam diary #4

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #4 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 4 Tuesday: eXtreme Limestone Pavement day at Ingleborough National Nature Reserve! A day in which we witness Dr M’s gryke falls, hairy balls and eXtreme Apiaceae not to mention MalHam’s very own Wars of the Sedges,
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Dr M’s MalHam diary #3

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #3 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 3 Monday: which was a day of species-rich vegetation in calcicolous grassland and calcicolous fun in the Ha Ha Fen! The group walked from the FSC centre down the hill to the calcicolous grassland overlooking Malham Tarn looking at its
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Dr M’s MalHam diary #2

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #2 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 2 Sunday: In which Dr M, Guest Tutor Hermione and students (and especially the Sedge Queen!) have a good Cyperaceous day! The day was largely spent in, on and around the board walk in the exceptionally floriferous and
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Dr M’s MalHam Diary #1

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #1 if Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 1: Saturday morning and all present and correct (eventually) in our slightly rickety 17-seater minibus, we left for Malham, or as out international group likes to call it MalHam! On board we were graced by the presence
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Dr M’s eXtreme botany goes up north!

Dr M is taking his University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students on another field foray, this time not south not east but up north to West Yorkshire for a week in the peace, tranquility and botanical eXtacy that is Malham Tarn.