Dr. Erica Wheeler

Head of Collections Care and Conservation

Erica Wheeler joined the Royal BC Museum as botany collections manager in the spring of 2012. She is responsible for maintaining and contributing to the development of the botany collection which includes close to 215,000 specimens of dried plants, housed in the museum herbarium.

Erica holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Missouri, where her research focused on the molecular systematics of wild onions (genus Allium) in North America. Before studying biology, Erica worked in BC forests for fifteen years as a treeplanter and as a silviculture surveyor. She has taught undergraduate science laboratory courses in plant systematics, plant diversity and genetics.


PhD, 2011, University of Missouri, Division of Biological Sciences

MSc, 2006, University of Victoria, Department of Biology

BSc, 2000, University of Victoria, Department of Biology

Areas of Interest

Vascular plant taxonomy

Molecular systematics and biogeography of wild onions (genus Allium)

Conservation genetics

Contact Dr. Erica Wheeler

Email: ewheeler@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca