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Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the diversity of trees in the biogeographical region called Malesia which lies between mainland South East Asia and Australia. Most trees in the equatorial tropics flower and fruit infrequently and hence my interest in forest characters (i.e. bark, leaves, stipules, tree architecture etc.) that are available all year round in the identification and understanding of the tree flora. My past work has included a contribution to the Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak (Popowia, Annonaceae), the establishment of living collections of trees in public parks in Singapore (Yishun Dipterocarp Arboretum, Singing Forest and the Forest of Giants) and teaching at the National University of Singapore Master of Landscape Architecture Programme. Presently, I am documenting the diversity Malvaceae sensu lato (s.l.) subfamily Dombeyoideae in Malesia. I am also working on accounts of Malvaceae s.l, Dipterocarpaceae and Anacardiaceae for the Flora of Singapore. In addition, I am contributing towards an account of Malvaceae for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia.


Current Research

  1. Taxonomic revision of Malesian Pterospermum (Dombeyoideae/Malvaceae).
  2. Conservation Status Assessments of Malesian Pterospermum
  3. Molecular phylogeny of Pterospermum (Dombeyoideae/Malvaceae)
  4. Contributing to the Flora of Singapore; Accounts of Malvaceae, Dipterocarpaceae (in collaboration with Prof. Peter Ashton of Harvard University) and Anacardiaceae.
  5. Contributing to the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Malvaceae, subfamilies; Malvoideae, Sterculioideae and Dombeyoideae (in collaboration with Dr. Richard Chung of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia).


Selected Publications

Ganesan, S. K., 2014. Popowia (Annonaceae).In Soepadmo E., L. G. Saw, R. C. K. Chung and R. Kiew [eds.], Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak 8: 165-168.

Ganesan, S. K., 2013. Status and distribution of Pterospermum species in Singapore. Nature in Singapore 2013 6: 149-152.

Ganesan, S. K., 2012. Review of ‘Heritage Trees of Penang’, The Gardens’ Bulletin, Centenary Issue 64(1): 271—272.

Ganesan, S. K., 2010. Popowia alata (Annonaceae), a new species from Borneo. Folia Malaysiana 11(1): 25-30.

Ganesan, S. K., 2009. Lophopetalum pallidum Laws. (Celastraceae), an addition to the flora of Singapore. Nature in Singapore 2009 2: 459–461.

Tan, H.T.W., Tan, K.X., Ibrahim, A., Chew, P.T., Chua, K.S., Duistermaat, H., Ganesan, S.K., Goh, M.W.K., Gwee, A.T., Kiew, R. and Lee, S.M.L., 2008. Checklists of Threatened Species―Seed Plants. The Singapore Red Data Book. 2nd Edition. The Nature Society (Singapore), Singapore, pp. 213-244.

Ganesan, S. K., 2005. The lesser-known cultivated mangoes in Singapore. Gardenwise 24: 7-8.

Ganesan, S. K., 2004. From the forest to the garden – Sterculia parviflora. Gardenwise 22: 13.

Ganesan, S. K., 2003. An exciting new mango species for Singapore. Gardenwise 21: 20.

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