Peter Wilkie

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


I am a biodiversity scientist with >25 years’ experience working on Indonesian forests. I have undertaken over 20 field expeditions in SE Asia and  lead the Indonesia programme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). I am particularly interested in the tropical trees of South East Asia especially those in the families Sapotaceae and Malvaceae.

My research aims are to:

  • Undertake exploration and species inventories of poorly explored forests
  • Produce base-line taxonomic data of the tree diversity of Malesia.
  • Analyse distributional data for the production of IUCN Red List  assessments
  • Elucidate evolutionary/phylogenetic relationships of tropical trees to support taxonomy and comparative biology
  • Use biogeographic data to understand distribution patterns within Malesia