I am a Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a Researcher at the Natural History Museum, London. My work centres on the documentation and conservation of biological diversity with a focus on Latin America and the nettle family (Urticaceae). I have been fascinated by tropical forests since watching the jungle book as a kid and have spent the last 20 years working in forests. This has generated a strong respect for the local people who live in and around forests and act as their stewards. This blog documents my work and the research initiatives that I contribute to.