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

September 8, 2017

Shrub growth and expansion in the Arctic tundra: an assessment of controlling factors using an evidence-based approach

September 2017. A new open-access research paper examines possible controls on Arctic shrubification using an evidence-based approach. Over at least the last three decades, changes in Arctic vegetation composition have occurred that have ... Continue reading

May 19, 2017

Plant Conservation Day: Global Pollen Project featured on Methods in Ecology Blog

To celebrate Plant Conservation Day, the Global Pollen Project has today been featured on the Methods in Ecology and Evolution Blog, in a guest post by Andrew Martin. The Global Pollen Project ... Continue reading

May 12, 2017

Long-term Ecology and Future Planet Earth – A symposium in honour of Professor Kathy Willis

News item contributed by Professor John Birks, University of Bergen The Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group in the Department of Biology, University of Bergen organised a one-day symposium on Long-term ... Continue reading

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to Heri Andrianandrasana

We are delighted and proud to announce that this week Heri Andrianandrasana passed his DPhil viva with flying colours. His thesis examines ... Continue reading

April 28, 2017

Natural Capital of Street Trees

In a new Perspectives paper published in Science on 28 Apr 2017, Kathy Willis and Gill Petrokfosky highlight the considerable advantages of street trees as a natural capital ... Continue reading