Dr Alan Forrest

Biodiversity Research and Conservation

Alan completed both his MSc and PhD (Hybridization among sub-arctic willows in Scotland) at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Since then he has held postdoctoral and technical positions at the University of Edinburgh, the Real Jardin Botanico (CSIC) and at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Most recently he has been working on the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation funded project ‘Enhancing the plant barcoding infrastructure’ at RBGE.

His research interests include:

  • using complementary molecular, field and glasshouse techniques to address knowledge gaps to inform management strategies for plant habitats and taxa of conservation concern;
  • The causes of differentiation within and among populations and species, and how such differences are maintained or broken down;
  • The evolution of plant reproductive strategies and their impact on differentiation processes

Alan has recently received funding from the Sibbald Trust to undertake research on the genus Heliotropium for the Flora of Arabia.