Dr Chris Stapleton has 32 years experience as a bamboo specialist. He holds an honours degree in Forestry
from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and a PhD in bamboo taxonomy.
After working on bamboo propagation for forestry projects in Nepal and Bhutan, he moved on to the identification of bamboos, employed by western botanic gardens. As well as working for the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and as a contractor for Missouri Botanical Gardens, he was on the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 8 years, undertaking research into bamboo systematics and nomenclature, reorganising the herbarium collections of dried bamboo specimens, and revising many of the bamboo names in the living collections.
He has published a substantial number of papers and books, including co-authorship of the bamboo account for the Flora of China, and has undertaken extensive collaborative fieldwork with local botanists in the Himalayas and China to further biodiversity knowledge, a by-product of which has been the introduction of a few interesting bamboos to western horticulture.
He has lectured on bamboos in the US, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Bamboo Society as International Director. He is editor of the ABS Species List, which standardises names for bamboos in cultivation. He is an Honorary Life Member of the American Bamboo Society, Life Member of the International Dendrology Society, and was an Honorary Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He lives in the Chiltern Hills of Southern England.
Feel free to Contact Chris for identification and consultancy services, which are undertaken on a non-profit basis to support the expansion of this website, and to further research & education in bamboo biodiversity and conservation.