CALL for post-graduate applications

Tue May 31 12:16:36 CDT 1994


The European Union has approved a cooperation network in the: Botanical Diversit
of the Indo-Pacific region. Funding is available through the EU programme
'Human Capital and Mobility' to work on a number of taxa from tropical SE Asia
and the Pacific in order to contribute to ongoing international research
projects. The grants are for a two year period, starting before 1-9-1994.

Participants in the network are: Rijksherbarium/Hortus Botanicus - University
of Leiden (coordinator), Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Mus um National d'Histoire
Naturelle Paris, Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University, University of
Reading, University of Aberdeen, Johannes-Guttenberg Universit t Mainz,
University of Aarhus.

Still available are: 3 graduate research positions

Applicants must be citizens of any EU or Eastern European country and should
apply for posts outside their country of citizenship. They should have
experience in plant systematics. Applications should include a complete C.V.
with names of two references.

Applications should be addressed to the coordinator of the Network:
Prof.Dr. P. Baas, Rijksherbarium/Hortus Botanicus, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden,
PO Box 9514, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, tel. (0)71-273500, fax
(0)71-273511, email BAAS at RULRHB.LEIDENUNIV.NL.

Candidates can apply for the following research projects:

1. Molecular evolution of Nepenthes in the Indo-Pacific region.

Supervisor: Prof. J. Parker/Dr. A. Culham, The Herbarium, Plant Sciences
Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 221, RG6 2AS Reading,
United Kingdom.

Objectives: This postgraduate project is aimed to test the higher level
classification within the genus Nepenthes. The research will be concentrated on
the sequence data of rbcL and atpB of a selection of species. A cladistic
analysis of the data matrix will be performed to test the existing infrageneric

character analyses/basic taxonomy: month 1-2,5,14-15
cpDNA analysis: month 8-10,13,16-18
study visits to Leiden, Kew, Mainz, and Aberdeen: month 3-4,11-12
fieldwork in Malesia: month 6-7
computer analysis: month 19-21
report writing: month 22-24

This project is complementary to the research presently carried out at Kew to
revise the family for Flora Malesiana. Mainz will collaborate in the molecular
analyses, whereas the botanic gardens of Kew and Leiden will provide essential
study material.

2. A revision of a section of Sonerila (Melastomataceae).

Supervisor: Prof.Dr. S.S. Renner, The Herbarium, Institut f r Spezielle Botanik
und Botanischer Garten, Johannes Gutenberg Universit t Mainz, Bentzel-weg 2,
55099 Mainz, Germany.

Objectives: This postgraduate project is aimed at an eventual taxonomic
treatment of of Sonerila for Flora Malesiana. Species delimitation in this
genus, with a total of perhaps 150 species and an apparantly extremely high
degree of endemism, is difficult, and the postgraduate fellow will therefore
concentrate on an analysis of floral morphology and vegetative characters in
the 63 species of sectiony Genuinae. The resulting data will form the basis for
a phylogenetic analysis because the other three sections of Sonerila are small
and have already been analyzed. Fieldwork is needed to collect adequate material
and to assess variation in natural populations as well as to examine the
collecions in the major Asian herbaria.

character analyses/basic taxonomy: month 1-2, 5, 8-17
study visits to Paris Kew, and Leiden: month 3-4
fieldwork in Malesia: month 6-7
computer analysis: month 18-21
report writing: month 22-24

The ongoing research on the Melastomataceae for Flora Malesiana presently
carried out at Mainz will greatly benefit from this project. Clearly, the
project will depend on the collections in the herbaria of Paris, Kew, and

3. The genus Kaempferia (Zingiberaceae) in Southeast Asia.

Supervisor: Prof.Dr. K. Larsen, Department of Systematic Botany, Institute of
Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus, Nordlandsvej 68, 8240 Risskov,

Objectives: This postgraduate project is aimed at a taxonomic treatment of the
genus Kaempferia (Zingiberaceae). The data set, resulting from various
character analyses, will be used for a phylogenetic analysis. Fieldwork in
Malesia is needed to collect adequate (living) material.

character analyses/basic taxonomy: month 1-3, 6-10, 12-18
study visits to Paris, Leiden and Kew: month 11
fieldwork in Malesia: month 4-5
phylogenetic analysis: month 19-21
report writing: month 22-24

Aarhus is coordinating the revision of the Zingiberaceae for Flora Malesiana
and the Flora of Thailand.

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