I always loved plants (their beautiful diversity and use in medicine) and was very jealous that my mum seemed to know all their names. So I studied all the sciences at school, then went to Edinburgh to study Botany (called plant science these days).
Later I did a PhD during which I essentially tortured Arnica plants, to see if they produced more key chemicals when they were stressed (they did). I then took the next logical step and became a lecturer and manager in a college, though I tried not to stress the students or staff too much…
I am still terrible at names though.
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I work for Lantra, where we work to help make sure that when people are considering careers, that they know about all the nature based options, that our businesses know how to find the best people, and that all the courses suit the needs of the sector.