Axel Dalberg Poulsen

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh






I have been doing field-based botanical research in SE Asia and the Pacific since 1991 and have conducted 12 expeditions in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea since 2003.

My fieldwork has focused on understorey herbaceous plants in tropical rainforests with the main focus on members of the ginger order (Zingiberales) especially the ginger genus Etlingera covering taxonomy, evolution, ecology, biogeography, conservation and ethnobotany.

I have experience in fundraising, planning and conducting fieldwork in tropical areas and disseminating scientific results to the scientific community and the general public (papers and books, exhibitions, public lectures, guided tours, participatory expeditions).

I have also conducted botanical university courses and supervised several students in the Malesian Region and published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and four books on gingers.

Current projects include Gingers of New Guinea, the biogeography of the ginger family in relation to Wallace’s Line, and revisions of various ginger genera.