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Dr Shelley A. James

Manager Collections

Research Interests

From the rainforest of New Guinea to the mountain tops of Hawaii, I have been a research scientist for more than 20 years. As the Manager Collections for the National Herbarium of NSW, I work with the collections team and botanists to maintain, curate and preserve the more than 1.4 million preserved plant specimens housed at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, making the data and images available to all online.  As a botanist, my research focus is the flora of the Pacific, particularly New Guinea and Melanesia. I collaborate nationally and internationally with collections, research, cyberinfrastructure, and education communities.

Current Projects

  • Diversity of the flora of Melanesia
  • Management of herbarium collections using best practice