Mark Newman. Tropical systematic botanist

Dr Mark NewmanTel. +44 (0)131 552 7171
Fax +44 (0)131 248 2901
Email: Mark Newman
Office: Herbarium, room 2.03

Postal address
Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Scotland

I’m convinced of the urgent need to document life on Earth at a time of very rapid loss of species and habitats, in order to keep as many species as possible for future generations to enjoy. Fieldwork and careful morphological study of herbarium collections continue, taking advantage of technical advances which greatly help to improve the utility and breadth of access of taxonomic results.

Taxonomy

My research examines the taxonomy of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae which, with over 50 genera and over 1,200 species, is by far the largest in the order Zingiberales. The Zingiberaceae are pan-tropical but with much richer diversity in Asia than in Africa or America. The last time they were revised was in 1904.

Current research

  • The Zingiberaceae Resource Centre
  • A taxonomic revision of Globba in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • A taxonomic revision of Amomum in Sumatra (Jane Droop)

  • A taxonomic revision of the Zingiberaceae of the Solomon Islands, in collaboration with A.D. Poulsen & Osia Gideon

Floristics

Assistant Editor of the Flora of Thailand
Member of the editorial board, Flore du Cambodge, du Laos et du Viet Nam

Darwin Initiative project 163/13/007

Sud Expert Plantes project 114, First Symposium of the Flore du Cambodge, du Laos et du Viet Nam. Royal University of Phnom Penh, December 2008
Sud Expert Plantes project 350, Botanical study of the family Zingiberaceae in Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), 2008-2011
Sud Expert Plantes project 397, Inventaire floristique du Mont des Cardamomes (Province de Koh Kong, Cambodge), avec mise en évidence des espèces endémiques et/ou médicinales, 2008-2011

Overseas collaboration

Jana Leong-Škorničková (Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Researchers

Jane Droop (Peter Davis Research Fellow 2012-2013)

Nomenclature of 18th century names in Amomum

Zou Pu (Pearl) (Academic visitor from South China Botanical Garden 2011-2012)

Palynology and taxonomy of Zingiberaceae

Axel Dalberg Poulsen (Carlsberg Research Fellow 2004-2006)
Taxonomy of Etlingera in Borneo

Axel Dalberg Poulsen (Peter Davis Research Fellow 2008-2010)
Taxonomy of Etlingera in Sulawesi

PhD students

Nazahatul Anis Amaludin (University of Aberdeen), started 2008
GIS analysis of distributions of Dipterocarpaceae in Asia
Supervisors: David Burslem, Mark Newman

Jane Droop (University of Aberdeen), started 2008
Taxonomic and phylogenetic studies in the genus Amomum Roxb. in Sumatra
Supervisors: David Burslem, James Richardson, Mark Newman

Vichith Lamxay (University of Uppsala), 2006-2011
The genus Amomum: systematics, ethnobotany, micro-propagation and field experiments in Lao PDR
Supervisors: Lars Björk, Pranom Chantharanothai, Mark Newman

Rachun Pooma (Kasetsart University, Bangkok), graduated 2003
Dipterocarpaceae in Thailand: taxanomic and biogeographical analysis
Supervisors: Sornprach Thanisawanyangura, Thawatchai Santisuk, Anders Barfod, Kongkanda Chayamarit, Mark Newman

Marlina Ardiyani (University of Edinburgh), graduated 2002
Systematic study of Curcuma L.: Turmeric and its allies
Supervisors: Quentin Cronk, Mark Newman

Chatchai Ngamriabsakul (University of Edinburgh), graduated 2001
The systematics of the Hedychieae (Zingiberaceae), with emphasis on Roscoea Sm.
Supervisors: Quentin Cronk, Mark Newman

Achariya Rangsiruji (University of Edinburgh), graduated 1999
A study of the infrageneric classification of Alpinia Roxb. (Zingiberaceae) using molecular data
Supervisors: Quentin Cronk, Mark Newman

PUBLICATIONS

A. Refereed research papers

2012

35. Nicky Sharp, Mark. F. Newman, Yessi Santika, Gufrin Amlin and Axel Dalberg

Poulsen. 2012. Alpinia melichroa (Zingiberaceae) rediscovered in SE Sulawesi. Nordic J. Bot. (in press)

34. Lamxay, V. & Newman, M.F. 2012. A revision of Amomum (Zingiberaceae) in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Edinburgh J. Bot. 69(1): 99-206. doi:10.1017/S0960428611000436

33. Colin R. Maycock, Eyen Khoo, Chris J. Kettle, Joan T. Pereira, John B. Sugau, Reuben Nilus, Robert C. Ong, Nazahatul Anis Amaludin, Mark F. Newman & David F.R.P. Burslem. 2012. A Conservation Assessment of Dipterocarps in Sabah: A Comparison of Methods and Future Prospects. Biotropica. doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2011.00852.x

2011 

32. Mark F. Newman & Vichith Lamxay. 2011. A proposal to conserve Amomum villosum Lour. (Zingiberaceae) with a conserved type. Taxon 60(2): 596–598.

2010

31. Auvray, Gaëlle, Harris, David J., Richardson, James E., Newman, Mark F. & Särkinen, Tiina E. 2010. Phylogeny and dating of Aframomum (Zingiberaceae). In Ole Seberg, Anders Barfod, Jerrold I Davis & Gitte Peterson (eds.) Diversity, Phylogeny and Evolution in the Monocotyledons, pp. 287–305. Aarhus University Press, Denmark.

30. Auvray, Gaëlle & M.F.Newman. 2010. A revision of Cautleya. Edinburgh J. Bot. 67(3): 451–465.

29. Searle, R.J. & M.F. Newman. 2010. Myxochlamys amphiloxa (Zingiberaceae): a new species from Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Edinburgh J. Bot. 67: 347-352

28. Leong-Škorničková, J., Trần H. Đ. and M.F. Newman. 2010. Curcuma vitellina (Zingiberaceae), a new species from Vietnam. Gardens’ Bull. Singapore 62(1): 111–117.

27. Newman, M.F. 2010. A new species of Riedelia (Zingiberaceae) from Papua, Indonesia. Edinburgh J. Bot. 67 (1): 65-68.

2009

26. Fischer, T.C., Butzmann, Rainer, Meller, Barbara, Rattei, Thomas, Newman, Mark, Hölscher, Dirk. 2009. The morphology, systematic position and inferred biology of Spirematospermum – an extinct genus of Zingiberales. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 157(3-4): 391-426. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2009.06.010

2008

25. Newman, M.F. 2008. Impatiens pachycaulon (Balsaminaceae), a new species from Laos. Edinburgh J. Bot. 65(1): 23-26.

2007

24. Tiina E. Särkinen, M.F. Newman, Paul J.M. Maas, Hiltje Maas, Axel D. Poulsen, David J. Harris, James E. Richardson, Alexandra Clark, Michelle Hollingsworth, R. Toby Pennington. 2007. Recent oceanic long-distance dispersal and divergence in the amphi-Atlantic rain forest genus Renealmia L.f. (Zingiberaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44: 968-980.

23. Newman, M.F., Thomas, P., Soulivanh Lanorsavanh, Sounthone Ketphanh, Bouakhaykhone Svengsuksa & Vichith Lamxay. 2007. New records of Angiosperms and Pteridophytes in the flora of Laos. Edinburgh J. Bot. 64(2): 225-251.

22. Newman, M.F. 2007. Materials towards a revision of Aulotandra Gagnep. (Zingiberaceae). Gardens' Bull. Singapore 59(1-2): 139-144.

2006

21. Harris, D.J., Newman, M.F., Hollingsworth, M.L., Möller, M. & Clark, A. 2006. The phylogenetic position of Aulotandra Gagnep. (Zingiberaceae). Nordic J. Bot. 23(6): 725-734.

2005

20. Kress, W.J., Liu Ai-Zhong, Newman, M.F. & Li Qing-Jun (2005) The molecular phylogeny of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae): a complex and polyphyletic genus of gingers. Amer. J. Bot. 92(1): 167-178.

2004

19. 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.

2003

18. 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.

2002

17. 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)

2001

16. Pooma, Rachun & M.F. Newman (2001) Checklist of Dipterocarpaceae in Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin 29: 110-187.

15. 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.

14. Newman, M.F. (2001) Nomenclatural notes on Zingiberaceae. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 58(1): 173-174.

2000

13. Ngamriabsakul, C., Newman, M.F. & Cronk, Q.C.B. (2000) Phylogeny and disjunction in Roscoea (Zingiberaceae). Edinburgh J. Bot. 57 (1): 39-61.

12. Ngamriabsakul, C., Newman, M.F. (2000) A new species of Roscoea Sm. (Zingiberaceae) from Bhutan. Edinburgh J. Bot. 57(2): 271-278.

11. Nguyen, Q.B. & M.F.Newman (2000) A new species of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam. Gardens' Bull. Singapore 52: 211-212.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. Sirirugsa, P. & M.F.Newman (2000) A new species of Curcuma L. (Zingiberaceae) from S.E. Asia. The New Plantsman 7(4): 196-199.

1997

7. Newman, M.F. (1997) Elettariopsis unifolia (Gagnep.) M.F.Newman, comb. nov. (Zingiberaceae). Edinburgh J. Bot. 54(1): 110-111.

1995

6. Newman, M.F. (1995) A new species of Hornstedtia (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam. Kew Bull. 50: 125-127.

5. Newman, M.F. (1995) Distichochlamys, a new genus from Vietnam. Edinburgh J. Bot. 52: 65-69.

1994

4. Wingfield, R. & Newman, M.F. (1994) A new species of Trianthema (Aizoaceae) from Venezuela. Kew Bull. 49: 115-117.

3. Newman, M.F. (1994) A proposal to reject the name Laurus sumatrensis J.F.Gmel. (Lauraceae). TAXON 43: 480.

1990

2. Newman, M.F. (1990) A reconsideration of Brachychilum Petersen (Hedychieae: Zingiberaceae). Edinburgh J. Bot. 47: 83-87.

1986

1. Newman, M.F. & Jong, K. (1986) Cytotaxonomic observations on Mantisia wardii (Zingiberaceae). Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 43: 493-496.

B. Books and chapters

20. Newman, M.F. 2008. Sapotaceae. In Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascicle 57. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México. ISBN 9 789703 244508

19. Newman, M.F. 2007. Capparaceae. In Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascicle 51. UNAM, Mexico. ISBN 970-32-4375-4.

18. Newman, M.F. 2007. Cleomaceae. In Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascicle 53.UNAM, Mexico. ISBN 970-32-4373-0.

17. Newman, M.F. 2007. Setchellanthaceae. In Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascicle 55. UNAM, Mexico. ISBN 970-32-4448-5.

16. Newman, M. 2007. Chapter 3. Floristics. Zingiberaceae, pp 473-476. In: A. Marshall and B. Beehler (eds.). The Ecology of Papua. The Ecology of Indonesia, Volume 5. Periplus HK Editions, Singapore.

15. Newman, M. 2007. Chapter 3. Floristics. Costaceae, pp 379-380. In: A. Marshall and B. Beehler (eds.). The Ecology of Papua. The Ecology of Indonesia, Volume 5. Periplus HK Editions, Singapore.

14. Newman, M.F., Sounthone Ketphanh, Bouakhaykhone Svengsuksa, Philip Thomas, Khamphone Sengdala, Vichith Lamxay and Kate Armstrong. 2007. A checklist of the vascular plants of Lao PDR. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

13. Newman, M.F., Bouakhaykhone Svengsuksa & Vichith Lamxay. 2007. Selected resources for plant identification in Lao PDR. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

12. Newman, M.F., Lhuillier, A. & Poulsen, A.D. (2004) A checklist of the Zingiberaceae of Malesia. Blumea, Suppl. 16. Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, Leiden.

11. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1999) Malesian Dipterocarps. Foresters' CD-ROM Manual. RBGE.

10. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1999) Pedoman Pohon-Pohon Dipterocarpaceae: Pulau Kalimantan. PROSEA ISBN 979-8316-77-0.

9. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1999) Pedoman Pohon-Pohon Dipterocarpaceae: Sumatera. PROSEA ISBN 979-8316-78-9.

8. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1999) Pedoman Pohon-Pohon Dipterocarpaceae: Jawa sampai Niugini. PROSEA ISBN 979-8316-76-2.

7. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1998) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Java to New Guinea. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 62 7.

6. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1998) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Sumatra Medium and Heavy Hardwoods. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 52 X.

5. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1998) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Borneo Island Medium and Heavy Hardwoods. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 57 0.

4. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1996) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Philippines. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 61 9.

3. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1996) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Sumatra Light Hardwoods. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 91 0.

2. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1996) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Borneo Island Light Hardwoods. RBGE & CIFOR. ISBN 1 872291 76 7.

1. Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F. & Whitmore, T.C. (1995) Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters. Singapore. RBGE. ISBN 1 872291 31 7.

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