Natalie Iwanycki

Natalie Iwanycki


Position: PhD-stud., Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


About me

I am an experienced field botanist and have spent a number of years conducting botanical field inventories and curating and managing a herbarium. I have strong skills in identifying and teaching about tricky taxonomic groups such as grasses, sedges, ferns and composites. Before beginning my PhD research, I spent several years working within the botanical garden community in North America and continue to be involved in North American and European committees working on botanical and cultivated plant nomenclature and taxonomy. Although I am passionate about many groups of plants, I am quite fascinated by the plants we call “weeds” – particularly those that can survive under the worst possible conditions.

  • 2014: MedPlant Marie Curie PhD Fellow, Natural History Museum of Denmark
  • 2006-2014: Herbarium Curator and Field Botanist, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario, Canada
  • 2001-2006: Botanist/Ecologist, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ontario, Canada
  • 2001: Master’s degree in forest conservation, University of Toronto
  • 1999: Bachelor’s degree in botanical science, McGill University

Why did I want to become a part of MedPlant?
Aside from a focus on medicinal plants, it is the unique interdisciplinary aspect to the MedPlant projects and the extensive network of collaborators that attracted me to the MedPlant ITN.

What do I hope to achieve as part of MedPlant?
Through my research I hope to reveal fascinating stories about an often-overlooked weedy plant, and I hope to establish numerous new and exciting collaborations within the EU network.

What do I hope to do after MedPlant?
After MedPlant, I hope to continue with a career in research that involves plants with interesting stories to tell, especially plants of medicinal and conservation value.