Propagation Specialist

Robin Browne

Robin Browne, Ph.D.
Propagation Specialist 

Robin began working at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens in 2007, as part of a research project involving the propagation of hardy shrub rose varieties. This project was initiated by Springvale Nurseries in Berwick, and was completed in 2011. Since that time, Robin has been active in research leading to the propagation of native plant species in Nova Scotia, as well as supporting development of the seed bank program.

Following his studies at Dalhousie University, Robin moved west, and worked at several research facilities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In the course of this work, he became involved in various propagation related projects, as applied to agriculture, horticulture and forestry. After completing his PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Robin felt the call of the east, and returned to Nova Scotia with his family in 1996. After almost 9 years as a researcher with the Nova Scotia Innovation Corporation (Innovacorp) and PlantSelect Biotechnology Systems Ltd, Robin began working with Springvale Nurseries. This association eventually led him to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. 

Besides a passion for plant propagation, which he does as a hobby as well as a career choice, Robin enjoys a variety of sports. Currently he is involved in competitive running and paddling. You may see him trotting through the streets of Wolfville, as he trains for upcoming races!