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David Mabberley

Professor David Mabberley, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College

Since David Mabberley retired from the New South Wales Public Service, where he was Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney, he has been able to return to research and writing.

Now an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University Sydney as well as Professor Extraordinary at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, he is Past President (2011-2017; President 2005-2011) of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (currently headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia) and a member of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (based at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK, where he was Keeper of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, 2008-2011).

His researches largely concern the systematics, ecology and cultural significance of plants, particularly tropical trees, and have always concentrated on those of economic significance - including mahogany, apples, grapes and, particularly now, citrus - in the light of the devastating disease threatening the future of the citrus industry. More here

He is also interested in the history of science and botanical art. He has just completed a second book on the natural history artist (perhaps the greatest such ever), Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826), the first being 'Ferdinand Bauer: the nature of discovery' (1999).

He is preparing the fourth edition of 'Mabberley's Plant-book: a dictionary of plants, their uses and classification' (ed. 3, CUP 2008), besides writing a book on the citrus catastrophe, and a new edition (including a Spanish translation) of 'The story of the apple' (senior author, Barrie Juniper, St Catherine's).

With Annette Giesecke (University of Delaware), he is general editor of Bloomsbury's upcoming 'A cultural history of plants' (six volumes) and he is scoping a book on the discovery of the Australian flora as revealed in pre-1830 books comprising a major private library in Sydney.