Dr Colin Pendry, Editor of Flora of Nepal
Dr Colin Pendry, Editor of Flora of Nepal
My expertise is in plant taxonomy and systematics, with a background in plant ecology. Since 2004 my primary focus has been the Flora of Nepal, for which I write accounts, as well as coordinating and editing the contributions of other authors. Previously I have worked in Latin America, South East Asia and the Caribbean, collecting plants and carrying out floristic and monographic studies.
I manage the contributions of experts to the Flora of Nepal, commissioning accounts, liaising with authors, managing the Nepalese data in our Padme database and coordinating online publication ahead of the publication of the print volumes. I have worked on the accounts of 10 families for the Flora and my current focus is on the Labiatae.
I edited Nepal: An Introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas. Nepal is a microcosm for the Himalayas and this is the definitive account of the country’s environment. This companion volume to the Flora of Nepal includes contributions from more than forty international experts describing the region’s geology, geomorphology, hydrology, climate, soils, evolutionary biology, ecology, palynology, ethnobotany, anthropology and conservation.
My fieldwork in Nepal has mainly been in its poorly collected western regions and up to 2018 I have been on nine field trips which have yielded thousands of specimens, helping to improve our understanding of the taxonomy and distribution of plants in Nepal.
Selected Publications since 2000
2021 Pendry, C.A. Flora of Nepal Notulae II: Phlomoides longidentata Pendry, a new species of Labiatae from Nepal and Bhutan. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 78, Article 371: 1–6.
2021 Pendry, C.A. & Wei, Y. K. Flora of Nepal Notulae I: Taxonomic notes on Nepalese Salvia. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 78, Article 331: 1–8.
2020 Sullivan, M.J.P, Simon L. Lewis, S.L., et al (+ 225 authors including Pendry, C.A.) Long-term thermal sensitivity of Earth’s tropical forests. Science 368, Issue 6493: 869-874.
2020 Borsch, T., Pendry, C.A. (and 34 others). World Flora Online: Placing taxonomists at the heart of a definitive and comprehensive global resource on the world's plants. Taxon 69(4). DOI: 10.1002/tax.12373.
2020 Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. Flora of Nepal, 8th International Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 52: 16-27.
2018 Welzen, P.C., Manandhar, V. & Pendry, C.A. Sapindaceae. Flora of Nepal webedition. http://data.rbge.org.uk/publications/FloraofNepal/library/Sapindaceae/1
2018 Pendry, C.A., Ikeda, H., Pandey, J., Gudkova, P., Hinchliffe W. & Jackson, M. Plant collecting in Bajura District, Far West Nepal, August 2017. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 50: 1-10.
2018 Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. Flora of Nepal, 7th International Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 50: 17-26.
2018 Sullivan, M.J.P, Simon L. Lewis, S.L., Hubau, W. et al (including Pendry, C.A.) Field methods for sampling tree height for tropical forest biomass estimation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9:1179–1189.
2017 Qie, L., Lewis, S.L., Sullivan, M.J.P., et al. (including, Pendry, C.A.). Long-term carbon sink in Borneo's forests halted by drought and vulnerable to edge effects. Nature Communications, 8: Article, 1966.
2017 Adhikari, B., Pendry. C.A., Maren, I.E., Bhattarai, K.R. & Chaudhary, R.P. Distribution and preliminary conservation assessments of commonly used forest species in the Nepalese Himalayas. Ban ko Jankari, 27 (1): 1---24.
2017 Gudkova, P.D., Pendry, C.A., Nobis, M. & Bayahmetov, E. Stipa krylovii Roshev. (Poaceae), a new record for the flora of Nepal. Check List 13(1): 2056.
2015 Parnell, J. A. N.; Pendry, C. A.; (and 50 others). A re-examination of the life and work of A.F.G. Kerr and of his colleagues and friends. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) 43: 111–131.
2015 Miehe, G. Pendry, C.A. & Chaudhary, R. Nepal: an introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment in the Himalayas. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. ISBN: 9781910877029.
2015 H.Ikeda, H., Noshiro, S., Yonekura, K., Akai, K., Yano, O., Yamamoto, N., Pendry, C.A., Elliott, A., Pathak, M., and Bhatta, G.D. Botanical Inventory in Darchura District, Far Western Nepal in 2012. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 49: 5–10.
2015 Pendry, C.A. and Watson, M.F. Report on the 6th Editorial Meeting of the Flora of Nepal. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 49: 29–38.
2015 B. Adhikari, R. Milne, R. T. Pennington, T. Särkinen & C.A. Pendry. Systematics and biogeography of Berberis s.l. inferred from nuclear ITS and chloroplast ndhF gene sequences. Taxon 64 (1): 39–48
2015 Watson, M.F., Lyal, H.C. & Pendry, C.A. Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research. Cambridge University Press.
2014 Pendry, C.A. Polygalaceae. Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. 34.
2014 Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. Report on the 5th International Editorial Meeting of the Flora of Nepal. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany, 48: 18-23.
2014 Saslis-Lagoudakis, C.H., Hawkins, J.A., Greenhill, S.J., Pendry, C. A., Watson, M. F., Tuladhar-Douglas, W., Baral, S.R. & Savolainen, V. The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal. Proc. R. Soc. B 2014 281, 20132768
2013 Adhikari, B., Pendry, C. A., Watson, M. F., & Wood, J. R. I. An account of Thunbergia (Acanthaceae) in Nepal, with a description of the new species T. nepalensis. Kew Bulletin, 68(4), 651-661.
2013 Pendry, C.A. & Adema, F. Polygala obliqua Pendry, a new species of Polygalaceae from northern Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany), 41: 41-44.
2013 Paszko, B. & Pendry, C.A. Deyeuxia gaoligongensis (Poaceae: Agrostidinae), a new species from Gaoligong Shan in Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa 93 (1): 40–46.
2012 Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M. F. Flora of Nepal Fourth Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 46: 16-23.
2012 Adhikari, B., Pendry, C.A., Pennington, R.T. & Milne, R.I. A Revision of Berberis s.s. (Berberidaceae) in Nepal. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 69: 447-522.
2012 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. Phylogenies reveal predictive power of traditional medicine in bioprospecting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(39): 15835-15840.
2011 Watson, M. F., Akiyama, S., Ikeda, H., Pendry, C.A., Rajbhandari, K.R.& Shrestha, K.K. (eds). Flora of Nepal. Volume 3. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
2011 Pendry, C.A. Lauraceae. pp. 21-51 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Pendry, C.A. Schisandraceae. pp. 7-9 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Pendry, C.A. & Maden, K. Tetracentraceae. p. 10 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Ikeda, H., Pendry, C.A.,Ohba, H.,Watson, M.F., Boufford, D.E., Siwakoti, M., Brach, A.R., Alexander, J.C.M., Manandhar, V., Rajbhandary, S., Joshi, N., King, C. & Ní Bhroin, C.D. Rosaceae. pp. 295-403 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Egan, P.A., Pendry, C.A. & Shrestha, S. Papaveraceae. pp. 82-99 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Poudel, R.C., Baba Y. & Pendry, C.A. Magnoliaceae. pp. 1-6 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Akiyama, S., Gornall, R.J., Adhikari, B., Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. Saxifragaceae. pp. 222-276 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Shrestha, S., Shrestha, K.K. & Pendry, C.A. Hydrangeaceae. pp. 281-286 in Flora of Nepal: Volume 3. Watson et al. (eds).
2011 Pendry, C.A. Watson, M. F. & Blackmore, S. Flora of Nepal Third Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 44: 4-8.
2011 Van Welzen, P.F., Pendry, C.A., (and 32 others). 2011 The current and future status of Floristic Provinces in Thailand. pp 219 - 247 in, Trisurat, Y., Shrestha, R.P. & Alkemade, R. (eds), Land use, climate change and Biodiversity Modelling. Perspectives and applications, Hershey, Information Science Reference.
2010 Watson, M.F., Pendry, C.A. & Ikeda, H. Publication of Flora of Nepal. pp. 75-96 in Ikeda, H. and Noshiro, S. (eds.), Himalaya: Hotspot of Biodiversity. The University Museum, The University of Tokyo.
2010 Pendry, C.A., Epirixanthes compressa Pendry, a new species of Polygalaceae from Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin 38: 184–186.
2010 Pendry, C.A., A new species of Neillia (Rosaceae) from Bhutan and eastern Nepal. Phytotaxa 10: 38–40.
2010 Ikeda, H., Noshiro, S., Pendry, C.A., Amano, M., Bhatta, G.D., Bhattarai, A.P., Dell, B., Tanaka, T., Wang, Y.J. & Yamamoto, N. Plant collecting in Doti and Bajhang districts in western Nepal in 2009. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany (43): 1-10.
2009 Pendry, C.A., Parnell, J.A.N. & Welzen, P.C. Biogeographic links between Thailand and Nepal and the potential for collaboration between their Flora projects. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) Special Issue: 169-185.
2009 Pendry, C.A., Noshiro, S., Baral, S.R., Rajbhandary, S., Kurmi, P.P., Dell, B. Adhikari, B. Plant collecting in western Nepal: the Jumla–Rara–Simikot Expedition 2008. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 42: 1-15.
2009 Pendry, C.A., Watson, M.F., Shrestha, KK., Rajbhandari, K.R. Building capacity for plant biodiversity, inventory and conservation in Nepal: Activities of the recent Darwin Initiative Project in Nepal. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 42: 16-27.
2009 Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. Flora Malesiana and the Flora of Nepal: floristic links and the potential for collaboration. Blumea 54(1-3) 18-22.
2007 Pendry, C.A., Dick, J., Pullan, M.R., Miller, A.G., Neale, S.G., Knees, S., Watson, M.F. In search of a functional flora – towards a greater integration of ecology and taxonomy. Plant Ecology 192: 161-167.
2007 Watson, M.F., Blackmore S.B. & Pendry, C.A. Flora of Nepal second editorial meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 39, 40-50.
2005 Pennington, R.T., Lavin, M. Prado, D.E., Pendry, C.A. & Pell, S. Climate Change and Speciation. in Malhi, Y. & Phillips, O.L. (eds) Tropical forests and global atmospheric change. 199-214.
2004 Pendry, C.A. Monograph of Ruprechtia (Polygonaceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 67, 1-113.
2004 Pennington, R.T., Lavin, M., Prado, D.E., Pendry, C.A., Pell, S. & Butterworth, C.A. Historical climate change and speciation: neotropical seasonally dry forest plants show patterns of both Tertiary and Quaternary diversification. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Biological Sciences). 359, 515-538.
2003 Pendry, C.A. Nine new species of Ruprechtia (Polygonaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 60(1) 19-42.
2003 Parnell, J.A.N., Pendry, C.A., (and 16 others). Plant collecting spread and densities: their potential impact on biogeographical studies in Thailand. Journal of Biogeography, 30, 193-209.
2001 Pendry, C.A. Polygalaceae. Flora of Thailand, 7(3), 498-538.
2000 Pennington, R.T., Prado, D. & Pendry, C.A. Neotropical seasonally dry forests and Quaternary vegetation changes. Journal of Biogeography, 27, 261-273.
World Flora Online - member of Taxonomic Working Group
University of Edinburgh - chair of Davis Expedition Fund
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