Contact Details

Dr Heather Pardoe
Natural Sciences
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3294

Staff Name

Dr Heather Pardoe

Job Title

Principal Curator: Botany (Pollen)

Areas of Responsibility:

Responsible for managing the Welsh National Herbarium (Vascular Plants), and for curating other large botany collections including, the collection of botanical illustrations, the economic botany collection, the palynology collection and botany archive.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

B.Sc. (Joint Honours), PhD. Fellow of the Linnean Society.  Member of the Quaternary Research Association and founder member of the Pollen Monitoring Programme.  Member of the Society for the History of Natural History.

Research Interests

Surface pollen-vegetation relationship; modern and Holocene palynology and palaeoecology in Wales, Scandinavia and across Europe; climate change and change in plant distribution and diversity; pollen collection techniques; plant succession; arctic-alpine plants; palaeoecological techniques and statistical analysis; botany and vegetation history of Wales; botanical illustration and development of botanical illustration; history of natural history.


Selected Publications

Pardoe, H.S., Cleal, C.J. & Fraser, H.E. (2019) Bibliography of European Palaeobotany and Palynology 2016-2017. National Museum Wales, Cardiff. ISBN: 978-0-7200-0635-3.

Pardoe, H.S. & Lazarus, M.H. (2018) Images of Botany: Celebrating the Contribution of Women to the History of Botanical Illustration - Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. Focus Issue: Women & Collections.14 (4), 549-570.

Pardoe, H.S., Cleal, C.J. & Fraser, H.E. (2017) Bibliography of European Palaeobotany and Palynology 2014-2015. National Museum Wales, Cardiff. ISBN: 978-0-7200-0640-7

Edwards, K.J. & Pardoe, H.S. (2017) How palynology could have been paepalology: the naming of a discipline. Palynology, 42, 1-16.

Fraser, H.E, Pardoe, H.S. & Cleal, C.J. 2014. Bibliography of European Palaeobotany and Palynology 2012-2013. National Museum Wales, Cardiff, 116 pp. 

Davis, B.A.S., Zanon, M., Collins, P., Mauri, A., Bakker, J., Barboni, D., Barthelmes, A., Beaudouin, C., Bjune, A.E., Bozilova, E., Bradshaw, R.H.W., Brayshay, B.A., Brewer, S., Brugiapaglia, E., Bunting, J., Connor, S.E., de Beaulieu, J.-L., Edwards, K., Ejarque, A., Fall, P., Florenzano, A., Fyfe, R., Galop, D., Giardini, M., Giesecke, T., Grant, M.J., Guiot, J., Jahns, S., Jankovská, V., Juggins, S., Kahrmann, M., Karpińska-Kołaczek, M., Kołaczek, P., Kühl, N., Kuneš, P., Lapteva, E.G., Leroy, S.A.G., Leydet, M., López Sáez, J.A., Masi, A., Matthias, I., Mazier, F., Meltsov, V., Mercuri, A.M., Miras, Y., Mitchell, F.J.G., Morris, J.L., Naughton, F., Nielsen, A.B., Novenko, E., Odgaard, B., Ortu, E., Overballe-Petersen, M.V., Pardoe, H.S., Peglar, S.M., Pidek, I.A., Sadori, L., Seppä, H., Severova, E., Shaw, H., Święta-Musznicka, J., Theuerkauf, M., Tonkov, S., Veski, S., van der Knaap, P., van Leeuwen, J.F.N., Woodbridge, J., Zimny, M. & Kaplan, J.O. 2013.  The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 22, 521-530. 

Giesecke, T., Fontana, S.L., van der Knaap, W.O., Pardoe, H.S. & Pidek, I.A. 2010.  From early pollen trapping experiments to the pollen monitoring programme. Vegetation history and Archaeobotany, 19, 247-258.  

Knaap, W.O. van der, van Leeuwen, J.F.N., Svitavská-Svobodová, H., Pidek, I.A., Kvavadze, E., Chichinadze, M., Giesecke, T., Kaszewsk, B.M., Oberli, F., Kalniņa, L., Pardoe, H.S., Tinner, W. & Ammann, B. 2010.  Annual pollen traps reveal the complexity of climatic control on pollen productivity in Europe and the Caucasus.  Vegetation history and Archaeobotany, 19, 285-307.

Pardoe, H.S., Giesecke, T., van der Knaap, W.O., Svitavská-Svobodová, H., Kvavadze, E.V., Panajiotidis, S., Gerasimidis, A., Pidek, I.A., Zimny, M., Świeta-Musznicka, J., Latalowa, M., Noryskiewicz, A.M., Bozilova, E., Tonkov, S., Filipova-Marinova, M.V., van Leeuwen, J.F.N. & Kalniņa, L. 2010.  Comparing pollen spectra from modified Tauber traps and moss samples:  examples from a selection of woodlands across Europe.  Vegetation history and Archaeobotany, 19, 271-283.  

Lazarus, M.H. & Pardoe, H.S. 2009. Bute’s Botanical tables: dictated by Nature.  Archives of natural history, 36, 277–298. 

Pardoe, H. & Lazarus, M. 2004.  Three generations of women botanical artists at the National Museum of Wales [PDF]. Botanical Society of the British Isles, Welsh Bulletin, 74, 8-10.

Lazarus, M.H. & Pardoe, H.S. (eds) 2003.

Catalogue of botanical prints and drawings held by the National Museums & Galleries of Wales
. National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, 319 pp.

Pardoe, H. & Lazarus, M. 2003.  The botanical paintings of Dr Harold Drinkwater [PDF]Botanical Society of the British Isles, Welsh Bulletin, 71, 21 -25.

Hicks, S., Tinsley, H., Pardoe, H. & Cundill, P. (eds) 1999.  European Pollen Monitoring Programme. Supplement to the EPMP Guidelines.  Oulu University Press, Oulu.

Pardoe, H.S., Cleal, C.J., Fraser, H.E. & Thomas, B.A. 1999.  Bibliography of European Palaeobotany and Palynology 1996-1997.  National Museums & Galleries of Wales. Cardiff, 168 pp.

Lazarus, M., Pardoe, H. & Spillards, D. 1997. 

The Paradise Garden.
National Museums & Galleries of Wales. Cardiff, 76 pp.

Hicks, S., Latalowa, M., Ammann, B., Pardoe, H. & Tinsley, H. (eds) 1996.  European Pollen Monitoring Programme; Project description and guidelines.  Oulu University Press, Oulu.

Pardoe, H.S. 1995.  Mountain plants of the British Isles, An introduction to our native arctic-alpine flora. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 55 pp.

Caseldine, C.J. & Pardoe, H.S. 1994.  Surface pollen studies from alpine/sub-alpine southern Norway: applications to Holocene data.  Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 82, 1-15.

Pardoe, H.S. & Thomas, B.A. 1992.  Snowdon's plants since the glaciers.  A vegetational history. The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 32 pp. [available also in Welsh].

Thomas, B.A., Pardoe, H.S. & Fraser, H.E. (eds) 1992.  Bibliography of European Palaeobotany and Palynology 1990-1991. The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 227 pp.

Pardoe, H.S. & Matthews, J.A. 1989.  Chernobyl 137Cs fallout in pollen traps from the Jotunheimen - Jostedalsbreen area, southern Norway. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 43, 221-229