Support and Development

Updated April 2024

BRAHMS licensing and support are managed by Oxford University Innovation (OUI).

By setting up appropriate licensing, OUI, together with the BRAHMS project, ensure that projects get the service and support they require. Once licensed, projects receive overall technical support from the BRAHMS project by default. In some cases, additional support agreements are arranged, for example to fast-track specific categories of assistance.

For further information on BRAHMS training and costings, please refer to our contacts page.

The Support and Development Team

Based in the UK (A-Z)

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards coordinates the development of the plants database at Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. As well as having experience in biodiversity informatics, Sarah is a tutor in Ethnobiology and Biological Conservation at the Institute of Human Sciences in Oxford.


Denis Filer is the BRAHMS project coordinator. Aside from software development, special interests include working with data from museums and botanic gardens, diversity analysis and streamlining checklist, flora and monograph production.


Amelia Kløverød Griffiths is a member of the BRAHMS licensing team at Oxford University Innovation (OUI). Amelia has several years’ experience of supporting software projects and companies, and has worked on BRAHMS since January 2022.


Stephen Harris is the Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria with a broad range of valuable inputs to BRAHMS over the years. He is also responsible for publishing the Oxford Plants400 website.


William Hawthorne is a botanist and ecologist at Oxford Plant Sciences with a wealth of experience in West Africa and other tropical regions. He has developed Rapid Botanical Survey methods for vegetation sampling.

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Ben Jones is the Arboretum Curator at Oxford University's Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Alongside his role as Curator, his research focuses on bioquality hotpots within the Ethiopian and Japanese floristic regions.


Andrew Liddell works on all aspects of BRAHMS and BRAHMS online (BOL) software development. He has also been at the forefront of developing online tools to coordinate the online gathering of data used to publish the RHS Plant Finder.

Sandra Ainsua Martinez

Sandra Ainsua Martinez leads the BRAHMS licensing team at Oxford University Innovation (OUI). Sandra has been working on BRAHMS since October 2020 and welcomes questions from anyone who is interested in licensing BRAHMS v8.

Vanessa Mignone Vanessa is part of the BRAHMS team at Oxford University Innovation (OUI), taking care of the post-contract obligations, managing the BRAHMS portfolio of existing licences and liaising with licensees.

Tim Pearce, a long term contributor and trainer with BRAHMS, especially in East Africa. Tim works at the RBG Kew Millennium Seed Bank where he and his colleagues have pushed forward the development of the seed module. He has been at the forefront of developing shared, cloud-based databases for African projects.

Rupert Wilson

Rupert Wilson leads the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Horticultural Database team which maintains the RHS's cultivated plant names, living and herbarium collections. Rupert and the team also compile the annual RHS Plant Finder and online plant profile details. Rupert first encountered BRAHMS whilst working at Reading Univ. herbarium in the 1990s. Read more about Rupert's activities...

Based elsewhere (A-Z)

Matt Buys

Matt Buys is the curator of the National Forest Herbarium in New Zealand managing the largest reference collection associated with forestry in that country.

Benny Bytebier

Benny Bytebier has worked with and contributed to Brahms since 1994. He is the Curator of the Bews Herbarium (NU) in South Africa and is interested in Orchidaceae.

Jeanine Velez Gavilan, botanist and curator of the MAPR herbarium in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Together with other researchers, she aims to develop a common database for the Puerto Rican Flora.

Saw Leng Guan, Research Fellow of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysian palm specialist, now working for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia and the Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak.

Mike Hopkins is the curator at National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Brazil. He gives frequent training courses in BRAHMS in Latin America.

Kim Shearer is the Curator of Living Collections at The Morton Arboretum. As curator, Kim focuses on the development and maintenance of resilient living collections that provide a germplasm resource for multiple research and plant breeding activities. She is also the manager of New Plant Development. Read more about Kim's interests and activities...

Annalisa Managlia is the curator of Bologna University Herbarium. She coordinates the management, preservation and digitization of the collections and is responsible for the herbarium database websites.

Lawrence Monda

Lawrence Monda is the technical director of BHL Africa, the technical liaison for GBIF Kenya and ICT Manager at the National Museums of Kenya. Together with others at NMK, he is helping to establish BRAHMS projects in several African countries.

Helena Joseane Raiol Souza works at the herbarium of Embrapa Amazônia Oriental in Belém, North Brazil where, amongst other things, she manages the BRAHMS database. She has given many BRAHMS courses at various Brazilian herbaria.

Li-song Wang is a taxonomist at Chinese National Herbarium (PE) working on Apiaceae, He is involved with the use of BRAHMS in Chinese language environment since 2003.

Jan Wieringa taxonomic botanist and researcher at Naturalis has contributed heavily to all aspects of BRAHMS, especially for herbarium curation and diversity analysis.