Monday, January 29, 2018

Camila Quinteros Peñafiel

Camila Quinteros Peñafiel from Chile is an agricultural engineer and has a Master's in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the University of Edinburgh. She has based her work on the field botany and research of the flora of remote and isolated islands.
Fair Isle is a remote island between Orkney and Shetland that is renowned for rare migratory birds, but has often been overlooked in botanical surveys. In 2016, Camila surveyed the entire flora of the island for her MSc project at the RBGE. Her survey revealed that the island contains a high number of plant species—a surprising level of diversity given the island size (768 hectares), likely due to its remarkable variation of habitats, also the importance of this small island for its diversity of Scottish native plants.

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