Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies


View of a taxon within the Global Pollen Project reference library

The Global Pollen Project – a tool for pollen identification created and developed by members of the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab (Andrew Martin and William Harvey) – now has over 1,000 plant species, in 534 genera and 142 families.

The project aims to provide a global reference library for pollen grain identification and study, by enabling the easy digitisation of existing collections in institutions anywhere in the world. It also provides a platform for crowdsourcing identifications for unknown pollen grains. These are then incorporated into the master reference collection.

The master reference collection is rapidly expanding, featuring:

All images are available under a non-commercial attribution license, enabling you to use the library within your own projects.Agrostemma githago slide in Global Pollen ProjectAgrostemma githago slide in the Global Pollen Project

Latest News

November 10, 2016

New tool for assessing ecological risk launched at the Oxford Martin School

A new tool for assessing ecological risk, developed by a team of Oxford researchers, was launched at the Oxford Martin School on October 7th 2016. LEFT, which stands for Local ... Continue reading

September 28, 2016

Ecosystem Services conference Antwerp

Dr Peter Long attended the LIFE and Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 'Helping Nature to Help Us' in Antwerp, Belgium, 19th-23rd September. Peter gave a presentation on NaturEtrade as ... Continue reading

September 21, 2016

Launch of the latest phase of the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT) – 7th October 2016 – 5.00 – 6.30pm – Oxford Martin School

  We are delighted to announce the launch of the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT) - the latest development phase of our web-based decision support tool for assessing risk in environmental ... Continue reading

July 19, 2016

Global Pollen Project reaches 1,000 species

The Global Pollen Project - a tool for pollen identification created and developed by members of the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab (Andrew Martin and William Harvey) - ... Continue reading

April 25, 2016

NaturEtrade Spring workshop

Another successful workshop for the EU/University of Oxford-funded LIFE+ project NaturEtrade was held on April 22nd at the Sylva Foundation in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire. Around 30 people attended ... Continue reading