Selected publications since 2010

Watson, M.F. (2017). Linnean Society Collections and Britain Nepal 200. Linnean 33(2): 7-8.

Trias-Blasi, A., Parnell, J.A.N., Watson, M.F. (2017). Nomenclatural notes on species of Asian Vitaceae. Taxon 66: 718-733

Watson, M.F. (2016). 19th Century Pioneers of Nepalese Biodiversity, Linnean Society Pulse, 29: 6-7.

Watson, M.F. and Noltie, H,J. (2016). Career, Collections, Reports and Publications of Dr Francis Buchanan (later Hamilton), 1762–1829: Natural History Studies in Nepal, Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh and India. Part 1. Annals of Science.

Pendry, C., Watson, M.F. and Rajbhandari, K. (2015). History of the scientific exploration of the Nepalese flora. In. Miehe, G., Pendry, C.A. and Chaudhary, R. Nepal: an introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. pp.135-140.

Watson, M.F., Lyal, C.H.C. and Pendry, C.A. (2015). Descriptive Taxonomy: the foundation of biodiversity research. The Systematics Association Special Volume, 84. Cambridge University Press.

Miller, A.G., M. Hall, Watson, M.F, Knees, S.G., Pendry, C.A. and Pullan, M.R. (2015), Floras yesterday, today and tomorrow. In Watson, M.F., Lyal, C.H.C. and Pendry, C.A., Descriptive Taxonomy: the foundation of biodiversity research. The Systematics Association Special Volume, 84. Cambridge University Press (pp. 11-23).

Trias-Blasi, A., Watson, M.F., Chayamarit, K. & Parnell, J.A.N. (2015). Typification of two newly recorded species of Ampelocissus (Vitaceae) for Thailand. Phytotaxa 212(2): 149-156.

Watson, M.F. (2014). Dr Francis Buchanan-Hamilton: pioneer for Nepalese Biodiversity. In 200 years of Nepal-UK relations, Commemorative Issue, Nepal Embassy, London January 2014, pp. 13-18.

Saslis-Lagoudakis, C.H., Hawkins, J.A., Greenhill, S.J., Pendry, C.A., Watson, M.F., Tuladhar-Douglas. W., Baral, S.R. and Savolainen, V. (2014). The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 281, 20132768, published 12 February 2014.

Shilling, A. & Watson, M.F. (2014). Two Mahonia species in Nepal – confusions clarified. The Plantsman, June 2014. 94-100.

Banasiak, Ł, Piwczy, M., Ulinski, T., Downie, S.R., Watson, M.F., Shakya, B. and Spalik, K. (2013). Dispersal patterns in space and time: a case study of Apiaceae subfamily Apioideae. Journal of Biogeography, 20: 1324-1335.

Hu Chi-ming & Watson, M.F. (2013). Plant Exploration in China. In. Hong De-yuan & Blackmore, S. Plants of China: A companion to the Flora of China. Science Press; Beijing. pp. 212-235.

Watson, M.F. (2013). Dr Francis Buchanan-Hamilton: Pioneer for Nepalese Biodiversity. Journal of the Britain Nepal Society, 37: 31-37.

Saslis-Lagoudakisa, C.H., Savolainen, V., Williamson, E.M., Forest, F., Wagstaff, S.J., Baral, S.R., Watson, M.F., Pendry, C.A., Hawkins, J., (2012). Phylogenies reveal predictive power of traditional medicine in bioprospecting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (39): 15835-15840.

Watson, M.F., Akiyama, S., Ikeda, H., Pendry, C.A., Rajbhandari, K.R., and Shrestha, K.K. (eds.) (2011). Flora of Nepal, 3. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Watson, M.F., (2011). Edward Gardner – lost but now found. Britain Nepal Society Journal, 35: 9-10.

Watson, M. F., Pendry, C. A., and Ikeda, H. (2010). Publication of Flora of Nepal. In: Ikeda, H. and Noshiro, S. (eds.), HIMALAYA Hotspot of Biodiversity --50th Anniversary of Botanical Research in the Himalayas by the University of Tokyo, pp. 75--96. The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo.

Yano, O., Ikeda, H., Watson, M.F., Rajbhandari, K.R., and Ohba, H. (2010). Cytological studies on Cyperaceae in the Nepal Himalaya 1. Chromosome counts of 14 species collected from the Manaslu Himalaya, Central Nepal. Journal of Japanese Botany 85: 157-165.


Linnean Society of London, Council Member (2009-2012, 2016-)

Linnean Society of London, Collections Committee (2016-)

Darwin Expert Committee Member, UK Government Darwin Initiative (2016-)

International Editorial Committee Member, Flora of China (1994-2014)

Editor-in-Chief, Flora of Nepal (2003-)

Associate Editor-in-Chief, Flora of the Pan Himalaya (2013-)

Co-Chair, World Flora Online Technical Working Group (2015-2017)

Co-Chair, World Flora Online Taxonomic Working Group (2017-)

Britain Nepal Society, Committee Member (2012-)

Project websites

Dr Patrick Neill Medal, Royal Caledonia Horticultural Society (2013)

Certificate of Appreciation, Government of Nepal, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (2014)

Certificate of Appreciation, Government of Nepal, Nepal Embassy, UK (2014)

Charity Award, Nepal Scotland Association (2015)

Presentation of the Ambassador’s Khukuri, Nepal Embassy, UK (2017)