Curriculum Vitae

Place and date of birth
Holbæk, Denmark, 7 April 1961. Danish citizen.

PhD (1993) and MSc (1990) in tropical biology, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Research interests
Tropical forest botany: taxonomy, evolution, distribution patterns at all scales, and ecology, especially of the family Zingiberaceae (gingers) including contributions to national floras.
I am presently preparing a monograph of the Asian ginger genus Etlingera but maintain an interest in vegetation analyses with main emphasis on ground herbs in tropical rain forests.
I am collaborating on compiling an overview of natural plant resources and archeophytes of the Viking Age.


  • Research in tropical botany in SE Asia, Africa and S America (systematics, evolution and biogeography, ecology, vegetation analyses, ethnobotany)
  • Planning and conducting research projects and expeditions in tropical regions
  • Fundraising for research projects and sponsorship of new features in botanical gardens
  • Planning and teaching botanical university courses in tropical ecology, biodiversity and environmental management, biogeography, vegetation analyses, conservation, and ethnobotany in Europe and several tropical countries
  • Supervision of MSc (12 completed) and PhD students (4 completed)
  • Cultivating tropical plants collected in the wild to enable further scientific studies and description
  • Disseminating scientific results to the scientific community and the general public (papers and books, exhibitions, public lectures, guided tours, participatory expeditions)
  • Review of manuscripts for international journals
  • Administration and management skills
  • Capacity building and consultancies regarding botanical data and collections
  • Herbarium curation
  • Networking of botanical gardens of Norway and elsewhere
  • Interacting with local communities and NGOs in developing countries and Europe

Research Associate
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland  & Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway

52 papers in peer reviewed journals (since 1991)
4 books on gingers (since 2006)
13 papers in proceedings, reports etc. (since 1996)

Employment and scholarships

2015– Research Associate & Conservation Officer, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, U.K.
2015–2016 Advisor for the City of Stavanger, Norway, regarding scientific quality of botanical collections.
2011–2015 Head of Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway.
2008–2011 Peter Davis Research Fellow at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to revise the ginger genus Etlingera for Sulawesi.
2007–2008 Based at LIFE, University of Copenhagen, as substitute associate professor to teach and carry out research.
2003–2006 Three years at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh funded by the Carlsberg Foundation to conduct the project 'Phylogeny and systematics of the ginger genus Etlingera in SE Asia'.
Nov. 2003 Consultant for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia, to evaluate the scientific quality of a botanical survey in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
2002–2003 Study grant at the National Herbarium of The Netherlands - Leiden via "Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek" to do research on Bornean gingers.
1997–2001 Chief Technical Advisor on a Biodiversity Capacity Building Project financed by Danced and stationed 26 months in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo.
1993–2001 Employed by the universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen in different time-limited positions as, postdoc, curator or research assistant or associate professor.

Travels and fieldwork
Extensive traveling since 1985 in relation to research projects or herbarium visits to tropical countries in S America, Africa or Asia. One of the major field efforts was during the Galathea 3 circumnavigation where I was team leader of the project "Gingers on Tropical Islands" (link in Danish only) in Solomon Islands and New Guinea.

Languages spoken
• Danish and English: fluently.
• Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia, French, Spanish, and German: moderately to good.

Lectures (latest 5 years)

2016   10th Flora Malesiana Symposium, Edinburgh, ”The evolution of eastern gingers”, 14 July.
Invited lecturer at Botanische Staatssammlung, Munich, Germany: ”Systematics and evolution of gingers”, 22 June.

7th International Symposium on the family Zingiberaeae, Chiang Mai, Thailand, plenary speaker: “Eastern gingers: evolutionary history, diversity and taxonomic status east of Wallace’s Line”, 17 August.
Seminar on strategic research focus at the university museums of Norway (UNIMUS), Oslo, Norway. Invited speaker: The University Museums and disseminating scientific results, 7 May.

2014 Seminar at the Forestry Department, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia: “Gingers of Sarawak”, 6 March with Helena Mathisen.
Seminar at the Institutt for Naturforvaltning (INA), Ås, Norway: ”Systematics and evolution of gingers”, 17 Sep.
2013 9th Flora Malesiana Symposium, Bogor. Chairing the session on Zingiberaceae and presenting “Gingers of New Guinea”, 27 Aug.
Seminar at Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute, Lae, PNG: Gingers of PNG. With Øystein Lofthus. 22 May.
2012 6th International Symposium on the family Zingiberaeae, Kerala, India, invited keynote speaker: Taxonomic revisions of the genus Etlingera and the significance of Wallace's Line, 10 Sep.
6th European Botanic Garden Congress, Chios, Greece: presented “Vikings in the Botanical Garden in Oslo”, 26 May.