John Akeroyd

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John Robert Akeroyd
Born1952
EducationSt. Andrew's University, Cambridge University
Known forBotany, Polygonaceae
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Reading
InfluencesWilliam Stearn, Alastair Culham
Author abbrev. (botany)Akeroyd

John Robert Akeroyd FLS (1952–) is a British botanist.

Life and work[edit]

Educated at St. Andrew's University, he proceeded to Cambridge University for his doctorate on the ecological genetics of weeds. His post-doctoral work was at Trinity College, Dublin (1979–1981), and then at the University of Reading, Plant Sciences Department as a post-doctoral fellow (1981–1999). At Reading he worked on the Flora Europaea.[1] He succeeded William Stearn as editor of the Annales Musei Goulandris in 1999,[2] and also editor of Watsonia. He has served as a vice-president of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.[3] there he was referee for Polygonaceae,[4] and also served on the Meetings and Publications Committee. He frequently contributes to popular articles on conservation and botany and co-founded Plant Talk conservation magazine associated with the Eden Project.[5][1] He is also known for his culinary skills.[6][7]

He collected plants from the Mediterranean and Ireland, an contributed to the herbarium at Reading.[8][1] John Akeroyd is the botanical authority, for a nearly twenty taxa, such as Arenaria serpyllifolia L. subsp. aegaea (Rech.f.) Akeroyd.[9] He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS) in 1982.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Akeroyd, John (2008). A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Wild Flowers. Sherkin Island Marine Station. ISBN 9781870492232.
  • The wild plants of Sherkin, Cape Clear and adjacent Islands of West Cork. Sherkin Island Marine Station (1996)

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

IPNI. List of plant names with authority Akeroyd.