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Prof. Tim Entwisle

Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

I’m a scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens. I’ve worked as a senior manager in botanic gardens for over 25 years, from 2013 as Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in Australia.

I was Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust in Sydney from 2003 to 2011 and then Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for two years. I contribute regularly to radio and newspapers, occasionally to television, and I write every now and then for magazines. I blog and tweet quite a bit.

I was born in Nhill, studied at The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and like freshwater algae as well as flowering plants (I co-edited the Flora of Victoria). In the algal sphere, I described dozens of new species, two new genera and a new family, and published on ecology and evolution; I’ve even had an algal genus (Entwisleia), family (Entwisleiaceae) and order (Entwisleiales) named after me.

Outside my botanical interests, I like reading and writing, and have a curious fascination with noisy guitar music and Dr Samuel Johnson.


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