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Meet our Scientists

Meet our amazing scientists and ask them all your burning questions. Bring a sample in and ask our scientists to identify it for you, look under microscopes, see a collection of weird and wonderful seeds and much more!

•    Amazing Algae
Meet Royal Botanic Garden algae experts Stephen Skinner and Dr Yola Metti and see amazing algae up close! Peer through microscopes, touch local Sydney Harbour species and learn what algae is what and why its important!
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•    Fun Fungi
Ever wondered what those black patches and pink spots were on the banana you left in the bottom of your bag? Learn about rots, mildews and moulds that may be closer to home than you think! Get hands-on viewing different types of macro fungi and micro-fungi through microscopes. Plus, bring in a photo or sample of a diseased plant and Dr Ed Liew will do his best to identify the culprit.
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•    Evolutionary Ecology 
Meet one of our ecologists and learn about an exciting seed project that will help land restoration across NSW. See a collection of weird and wonderful seeds and try your hand at our fun hands-on seed sorting activity.
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•    Plant Identification
Not sure what that strange plant is growing in your back garden? Bring a sample in and ask our scientists to identify it for you. Bring photos as well – as much information as you can to help us identify it – and we’ll show you how we work out one green plant from another! NB: Stall open from 10am only. 
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•    Plant Collections 
See a demonstration of how our scientists preserve dried plant specimens for the Herbarium collection.
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