Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Miguel was born in Spain but relocated to
Tasmania in 1993, studied at the University
of Tasmania and completed his PhD in algal
taxonomy and genetics in 2004.
Since then he worked at UTAS as research fellow in marine biotechnology, and at the Australian Antarctic Division as a phytoplankton taxonomist, a job that took him to the frozen continent itself!
Despite his training in algae, Miguel has a love of the vascular flora, and first joined HO in a temporary position of identifications botanist.
With the departure of Marco Duretto, he moved into the role of Senior Curator, responsible for the native vascular flora. Together with Matt Baker, HO's weed taxonomist, Miguel is responsible for maintaining Tasmania's Vascular Plant Census, contributing to the Tasmanian side of the APC project, and keeping the Flora of Tasmania online project active.
As well as having very broad botanical skills and interests, Miguel has also revealed a penchant for home brewing, which has ensured him a bright future at HO. He also has a keen interest in growing weird and unusual carnivorous plants, an interest that promises to translate into further taxonomic work on Tasmanian Drosera and Utricularia.
Source: Extracted from: G. Kantvilas (December 2011), New faces at HO. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 149: 41–42
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: above.
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