Dr Robin Probert
Dr Probert is the longest serving member of staff of RBG Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), based at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. He first joined Kew as an under-graduate student in 1974, soon after the fledgling seed bank had moved down from Kew Gardens to Wakehurst Place. He took up a permanent position in 1976 and after working as researcher in seed biology for over twenty years he now heads up the MSB’s Conservation & Technology section, comprising 22 staff and volunteers who are responsible for the day to day running of the seed bank and for solving seed problems through applied research. Dr Probert has published extensively in scientific journals, is a member of the MSB’s senior management team and chairs Kew’s new UK Native Seed Hub initiative.