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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Prof.

Contact First Name: John

Contact Surname: Parnell

Contact Address:

Herbarium, School of Botany, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353-1-8961269

Fax Contact Number: +353-1-

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
My research is in higher plant systematics, especially plant taxonomy, biogeography and floristics. My research group is the only one in the State working on these topics and one of very few working on tropical plant systematics worldwide. Most of our tropical work is associated with the Flora of Thailand project. Thailand has proven to be singularly rich in plant life with many species new to science waiting to be found. We have studied a number of plant families in detail including the Apocynaceae, Araliaceae, Buxaceae, Clusiaceae, Hypericaceae, Lamiaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Myrtaceae, Orobanhcaceae, Polygalaceae and Vitaceae. Recently, we have begun work outside of Thailand in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and Nepal. I combine my systematics research with being curator of the internationally important TCD herbarium and associated library; an unique, valuable and important component of the State’s heritage.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Plant systematics, Plant taxonomy, conservation, biogeography, herbarium

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research

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EU Research Partnerships

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Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

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Horizon 2020

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Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

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None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

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Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

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Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

National delegate to the E.C. on tropical forests (1990), National delegate to E.U. Erasmus Biology review committee (1994-1997), National contact member for the European Science Foundation Systematic Biology Network (1994-2003), National delegate on research proposal assessment panel for the Co-operation with third countries and International organisations programme of the IV Framework programme of the E.U. (1996-1998), National representative on EUROBIO (European Association of University Departments and Faculties of Biology) (1996-2002).

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

E.C. 1990 Medicinal plants of the Indian Ocean. (A node in a network with the Catholic University of Louvain and the University of Montpellier which received a total grant of €247,592). E.C. 1992-1993 Lecythidaceae of Thailand (undertaken by a post-doctoral research fellow). E.C. 1994-1996 The Apocynaceae of Malesia. (A node of a Human Capital and Mobility Network studying the Flora of the Indo-Pacific region which received a total grant of €716,766). E.C. 1994-1997 Tropical Plant Taxonomy and Diversity in S.E. Asia. E.U. 1998 Phylogeny of Cyperaceae tribe Hypolytreae.

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