Colin Pendry, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, AC8

Colin Pendry, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, AC8


Position: United Kingdom


Co-supervisor for Project ESR6: Transmission of knowledge: a Nepalese case study

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has scientific research and conservation programmes in over 80 countries, with a particular focus on the Sino Himalayas, South East Asia, South West Asia and Latin America. RBGE has a herbarium of about 2 million specimens and coordinates the Flora of Nepal and the Flora of Arabia. Its molecular laboratories are the focus for evolutionary studies and research on DNA barcoding. The scientific staff numbers over 50 and we have about 20 PhD students. The education programmes include an MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants and a BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

My Research
I am an Editor on the Flora of Nepal, and in addition to coordinating the contributions of authors, I write taxonomic accounts and manage the input of data into the database which maintains all the information for the Flora. I manage our Nepalese field work programme, and have been on 8 field trips there, mostly to the poorly collected regions of western Nepal, improving our knowledge of the distributions of plants within Nepal, collecting species not previously known there and sometimes collecting completely new species. My PhD students use phylogeographic methods to investigate the role of the Himalayan uplift in the evolution of the plants of Nepal.

• 2004 – present Editor, Flora of Nepal, RBGE.
• 1998 – 2002 Research Fellow, RBGE, ‘Historical Biogeography of South American Seasonal Forests’, taxonomic monograph of Ruprechtia.
• 1996 – 1997 Research Fellow, RBGE, Manual of the Non-Dipterocarp Trees of Central Kalimantan.
• 1994 – 1996 Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Accounts of Polygalaceae for Flora of Thailand and Flore du Cambodge, du Laos et du Viêtnam.
• 1990 – 1994 University of Stirling, PhD. ‘Ecological studies in rain forests at three altitudes on Bukit Belalong, Brunei’.

Why did you find it important to be part of MedPlant?
I see MedPlant as a great opportunity to network with researchers from different disciplines and develop new forms of collaborative research.

What do you hope to gain/achieve as part of MedPlant?
I hope to participate in some high-quality research which builds on the outputs and networks of contacts which we have developed in Nepal, and even to get some taxonomic contributions to the Flora of Nepal.