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Dr Mark Nesbitt
Honorary Research Fellow and Part-time Teacher
Mark Nesbitt is an ethnobotanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is responsible for co-ordinating the Kew-based module of Kent's MSc in Ethnobotany.
After a first degree in agricultural botany, Mark studied archaeobotany at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, carrying out fieldwork in Turkey, Iraq, Bahrain and Turkmenistan. His interests include the evolution of crops and agricultural systems in the Near East, cereal domestication and history (especially wheat), and the origins of agriculture.
Mark joined Kew Gardens in 1999 and works in the Jodrell Laboratory. His work focuses on the Economic Botany Collection and on various aspects of IT (including collections digitisation) and useful plants. Current research interests focus on the history of some of Kew's collections, and Kew's role in colonial botany.