1978- Bachelor Degree in History and Geography, University of Pedagogy of Vientiane.
2005- Master Degree in Educational Administration, Udonthani Rajabhat University.
LANGUAGE & DEGREE OF PROFICIENCY
PLACES OF WORK EXPERIENCE
University of Pedagogy of Vientiane (Dongdok), Ban Keun Teacher Training College and National University of Laos
Lecturer of World Economy Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Pedagogy of Vientiane.
Personal Secretary of the Rector of University of Pedagogy of Vientiane and Lecturer of World Economy Geography, Department of Geography, University of Pedagogy of Vientiane.
Director of Bankeun Teacher Training College, Vientiane Province and Lecturer of Population and Environment
1999 to Present: Vice-President for Student Affairs of the National University of Laos. Lecturer of Environment and Development at The Center for Environment and Development Studies, NUOL.
MARK FLEMING NEWMAN
Born: 28th February, 1959
Employer: Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
1. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESEARCH FOCUS Job title: Tropical Systematic Botanist
I started this post in January 2001. I continue to be Head of the Zingiberaceae Research Group of the RBGE. My role is to focus the Group's studies by discussing hypotheses and guiding students through the complex literature.
2. ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES a) CURATION
I am curator of the herbarium and living collections of two plant families, the Zingiberaceae and the Dipterocarpaceae, which are particularly diverse in Asia and of all the families worldwide in the order Urticales.
Between 1993 and 1997 I put all herbarium sheets of Dipterocarpaceae held at E plus c. 1200 each from K and L, and all type specimens from the herbaria of The Netherlands onto a PANDORA database. Following release onto the internet in 1998 (www.rbge.org.uk/data/diptero) updates have been issued, the most recent in October 1999.
All sheets and spirit collections of Zingiberaceae at E are being recorded in a database which is part of the Zingiberales Resource Centre on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh web site (http://www.rbge.org.uk/data/ZRC/home.html).
Supervision of research students:
Dr. Achariya Rangsiruji (Thailand) graduated with a Ph.D. of the University of Edinburgh in July 1999. Her thesis was accepted with minor corrections only. She was supervised by Dr. Quentin Cronk and myself .
Mr. Chatchai Ngamriabsakul (Thailand) graduated with a Ph.D. of the University of Edinburgh in July 2001. His thesis was accepted with minor corrections only. He was supervised by Dr. Quentin Cronk and myself.
Mrs. Marlina Ardiyani (Indonesia) completed her M.Sc. in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the University of Edinburgh in 1997. In October 1997 she began her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr. Quentin Cronk and myself. Marlina’s thesis was examined and accepted in May 2002.
Mr. Vichith Lamxay (Lao PDR) is registered with Uppsala University and started his studies in 2006. My role as a co-supervisor is to help him revise the genus Amomum for the Flore du Cambodge, du Laos et du Vietnam.
Other teaching responsibilities:
On the Committee of Supervisors of Mr. Rachun Pooma, Royal Forest Department, Bangkok. His Ph.D. thesis on taxonomy and biogeography of Dipterocarpaceae was examined and accepted at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, December 2003.
University of Edinburgh M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants. Each year I teach a practical in Zingiberales, supervise mini-revisions and full projects.
Scottish Agricultural College HND in Horticulture with Plantsmanship. Each year I teach practical classes in petaloid monocotyledons.
External examiner for a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the University of Reading, 9th December 1999 and another on 5th October 2006.
External examiner for a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the University of Aberdeen, 20th December 2000.
External examiner for a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the University of Aarhus, 4th May 2005.
Member of editorial board of Edinburgh Journal of Botany.
Book review editor of Edinburgh Journal of Botany.
Reviewer for American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, etc.
Attended BBSRC-funded course of media training, 1st-2nd December 1999 to learn to write for newspapers about scientific subjects and to give radio and television interviews.
3. EMPLOYMENT RECORD 2001 Two months at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris as Maître de Conférences Invité in order to carry out research into Globba (Zingiberaceae) of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
1998-2000 Full time, 100% funded by a grant from the Bioinformatics Initiative, a fund of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK government. The research was part of a project to develop a novel database system for cataloguing biodiversity, called Prometheus. My part of this was to carry out a revision of Globba (Zingiberaceae) for the Flora of Thailand and to help the computer programmers at Napier University to model taxonomic procedures.
1993-1998 Employed by ABW Associates Ltd., Cambridge on Oxford University's Research Officer scale and based at RBGE. As Tropical Forest Botanist, I was the principal member of a team of three people writing a series called Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. The majority of the text in the Manuals and the on-line identificatIon systems included on floppy disks with each book were based on computerised descriptions of the species and subspecies, allowing non-specialists to identify trees using any character on their specimen and scoring the characters in any order.
Ten manuals were written, in English and Indonesian, covering all the commercial timber-producing Dipterocarpaceae of Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, the remainder of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. A CD-ROM edition was also published.
1990-1993 Seed collector for Latin America, employed at Higher Scientific Officer grade. Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex (Seed Physiology Section, Jodrell Laboratory, RBG, Kew).
1987 University of Aberdeen Research Officer, for two months, preparing a confidential report for a client company based on a field survey in tropical forest.
4. FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS 1982-1988 University of Aberdeen. Ph.D. (Plant Science, registered part-time). Thesis entitled "Aspects of cytotaxonomy and reproductive biology of some Zingiberaceae".
1977-1981 University of St. Andrews. B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany.
5. FIELD EXPERIENCE 2006 Laos, collecting plants and training Laotian botanists in plant identification. A project funded by the Darwin Initiative. Two months.
2005 Laos, collecting plants and training Laotian botanists in plant identification. A project funded by the Darwin Initiative. Four months.
2004 Indonesia, collecting in Sulawesi in collaboration with colleagues from RBGE and staff of Kebun Raya Bogor. Eight weeks.
2002 Indonesia, collecting in Sulawesi in collaboration with colleagues from RBGE and staff of Kebun Raya Bogor. Eight weeks.
2002 Laos, collecting plants and training Laotian botanists in plant identification. A project funded by IUCN-Netherlands Committee. Two months.
2001 Thailand, collecting in collaboration with the Forest Herbarium, BKF. Four weeks.
2000 Thailand, collecting in Peninsular Thailand in collaboration with the Forest Herbarium, BKF. Five weeks.
1999 Laos, at invitation of a project on Non-Timber Forest Products, to assist in the identification of economically important, wild Zingiberaceae. Three weeks.
Thailand, collecting and studying Globba. Also supervising a Ph.D. student working on Thai Curcuma and related genera. Six weeks.
Bangladesh, at invitation of the British Council-funded Biodiversity Link Project, to assist in collection and identification of Zingiberaceae and to give seminars to staff and students of Chittagong University. Two weeks.
1993-1997 Field trips of 5-8 weeks each to numerous areas in Borneo (mostly Kalimantan), two areas in Sumatra and one each in Luzon and Mindanao in the Philippines in search of dipterocarps.
1996 Member of a joint RBGE/Kunming Institute of Botany expedition to the Gaoligong Shan, Yunnan Province, China. Six weeks.
1990-1993 Numerous collecting expeditions were planned and executed, to Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, USA and Venezuela.
1989-1990 Four months in Vietnam with a team of Vietnamese and British scientists assessing the occurrence and status of endangered birds in the pheasant family. My task was to assess the type and condition of the forests in which the birds lived. I made herbarium collections of particular plant groups (e.g. Zingiberaceae, Palmae, Bambusoideae) as well as general collections.
1987 Survey work in Thailand assessing the geographical distribution and habitat preferences of a potentially economically important group of plants. Confidential work. Two months.
1984-1986 Two years based in the Department of Biology, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand. I undertook field work as part of my Ph.D. research and made general collections for the herbarium (PSU) over a wide area of southern Thailand.
6. LANGUAGE SKILLS Language Proficiency Proficiency Proficiency
at speaking at reading at writing
French moderate moderate moderate
Gaelic good good moderate
Laotian moderate moderate elementary
Thai good moderate elementary
7. ORAL PRESENTATIONS 2002 Globba of Thailand. Third symposium on the family Zingiberaceae, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
2001 Chairman of a workshop on Zingiberaceae held as part of the 5th Flora Malesiana Symposium, Sydney, 12th September 2001.
1999 Globba of Thailand. 11th Flora of Thailand Meeting, Rijksherbarium, Leiden.
1997 On-line identification of tropical forest trees. European Science Foundation 5th Workshop, "New Directions in Systematics", Crete.
1997 Identifying timber trees by computer. First Biennial International Conference of the Systematics Association, session on "Communicating Systematic Information", Oxford.
1997 Identifying timber trees by computer. Forestry Research Programme "Taxonomy and Genetic Resources Day", Kew, Richmond.
8. PUBLICATIONS Larsen, K. & M.F. Newman (2001) A new species of Distichochlamys from Vietnam and some observations on generic limits in Hedychieae (Zingiberaceae). Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 49(1): 77-80.
Nasir Uddin, S., Cronk, Q.C.B., Newman, M.F. & Harris, D.J. (2003) The origin of turmeric 2: a molecular approach. Bangladesh J. Pl. Taxon. 10 (1): 41-48.
Newman, M.F. (2001) Nomenclatural notes on Zingiberaceae. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 58(1): 173-174.
Newman, M.F. (1997) Elettariopsis unifolia (Gagnep.) M.F.Newman, comb. nov.
(Zingiberaceae). Edinburgh J. Bot. 54(1): 110-111.
Newman, M.F. (1995) A new species of Hornstedtia (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam. Kew
Bull. 50: 125-127.
Newman, M.F. (1995) Distichochlamys, a new genus from Vietnam. Edinburgh J. Bot. 52:
Newman, M.F. (1994) A proposal to reject the name Laurus sumatrensis J.F.Gmel. (Lauraceae). TAXON 43: 480.
Newman, M.F. (1990) A reconsideration of Brachychilum Petersen (Hedychieae:
Newman, M.F., Lhuillier, A. & Poulsen, A.D. (2004) A checklist of the Zingiberaceae of Malesia. Blumea, Suppl. 16. Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, Leiden.
Ngamriabsakul, C., Newman, M.F. & Cronk, Q.C.B. (2004) The phylogeny of tribe Zingibereae (Zingiberaceae) based on its ITS (nrDNA) and trnL-F (cpDNA) sequences. Edinburgh J. Bot. 60 (3): 483-507.
Ngamriabsakul, C., Newman, M.F. & Cronk, Q.C.B. (2000) Phylogeny and disjunction in Roscoea (Zingiberaceae). Edinburgh J. Bot. 57 (1): 39-61.
Ngamriabsakul, C., Newman, M.F. (2000) A new species of Roscoea Sm. (Zingiberaceae) from Bhutan. Edinburgh J. Bot. 57(2): 271-278.
Nguyen, Q.B. & M.F.Newman (2000) A new species of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam. Gardens' Bull. Singapore 52: 211-212.
Pooma, Rachun & M.F. Newman (2001) Checklist of Dipterocarpaceae in Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin 29: 110-187.
Raguenaud, C., Pullan, M.R., Watson, M.F., Kennedy, J.B., Newman, M.F. & Barclay, P.J. (2002) Implementation of the Prometheus Taxonomic Model: a comparison of database models and query languages and an introduction to the Prometheus Object-Oriented Model. TAXON 51(1): 131-142. (February 2002)
Rangsiruji, A., Newman, M.F. & Cronk, Q.C.B. (2000) A study of the infrageneric classification of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae) based on the ITS region of nuclear rDNA and the trnL-F spacer of chloroplast DNA. In K.L. Wilson & D.A. Morrison (eds.), Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. CSIRO, Melbourne.
Rangsiruji, A., Newman, M.F. & Cronk, Q.C.B. (2000) Origin and relationships of Alpinia galanga (Zingiberaceae) based on molecular data. Edinburgh J. Bot. 57 (1): 9-37.
Sirirugsa, P. & M.F.Newman (2000) A new species of Curcuma L. (Zingiberaceae) from S.E. Asia. The New Plantsman 7(4): 196-199.
Wingfield, R. & Newman, M.F. (1994) A new species of Trianthema (Aizoaceae) from
Venezuela. Kew Bull. 49: 115-117.
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