By Vicki Funk
At the Flora of the Guianas Consortium board meeting in Leiden (The Netherlands), 22–23 October 2012, Christian Feuillet represented the Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Program and the Department of Botany. Vicki Funk interviewed him when he returned.
VF – How did you happen to go to Leiden?
CF – Neither Pedro Acevedo, our official representative and member of the board, nor Vicki Funk, head of the Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Program, could attend the meeting. Around the same time I was scheduled to visit the Paris Herbarium (P) where the Boraginaceae collection was back on the shelves after the herbarium renovation. I was asked to extend my trip and add Leiden to my schedule. In the end I decided the easiest thing to do was to drive from Paris to Leiden. Attending the meeting was a natural thing for me to do since I lived in French Guiana for six years, and have done field work in French Guiana for 32 years. I also represented Cayenne once or twice at previous meetings in the 80s or early 90s. Also I have co-authored two of the fascicles and am working on two others.