Place and date of birth
Holbæk, Denmark, 7 April 1961. Danish citizen.
PhD (1993) and MSc (1990) in tropical biology, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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.
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.
• 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.
|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.