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Ghazanfar, Shahina A.

Shahina Ghazanfar
Job title: 

Research Leader, Identification and Naming (Asia)

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Urdu, Arabic (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, MSc (1st class), Punjab University (Pakistan), 1971
  • PhD, University of Cambridge, (Newnham College), Cambridge, UK, 1981
  • Senior Lecturer, Bayero University, Nigeria, (1981-1987), Sultan Qaboos University, Oman (1987-1997), University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji (1999-2000)
  • Co-editor Flora of Tropical East Africa (Kew) (2001 to 2008)
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Council Member (and Trustee) of the Linnean Society of London (2006–­2009)
  • Associate Editor, Edinburgh Journal of Botany (2013-2014)
  • Consortium partner in the project BOT-ERA: Reinforcing cooperation between the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and European Research Area, Grant Agreement No 294416, between European Commission (EC) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2011-2015)

As a Research Leader in Identification and Naming–Asia, I with my team are responsible for all plant-related matters including curatorial matters, herbarium loan requests (both material and images), plant-related queries, research visitors, students, research projects (including floristic research, flora writing, collaborative fieldwork, vegetation surveys, teaching), and for providing expertise on projects in Asia.

My area of expertise is SW Asia, especially the Middle East, where I am involved in several collaborative projects with academic and botanical research institutions relating to the floristics, biogeography and conservation of the floras of Iraq, the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. 

Currently I am involved in an FP7-INCO project with Jordan, and am working on the Flora of Iraq with the Ministry of Agriculture in Baghdad. I am also completing the final volume of the Flora of the Sultanate of Oman, and preparing an up-to-date checklist of the plants of the Middle East.

Selected publications: 

Ghazanfar, S. A. (2014). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman, Vol. 3, Loganiaceae-Asteraceae (Text + photo CD-ROM). Scripta Botanica Belgica. Belgium: National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise. 371 pp. (In press).

Ghazanfar, S. A. & Edmondson, J. E. (eds): (2013) Flora of Iraq. Vol 5(2). Ministry of Agriculture, Baghdad & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. UK. 349 pp.

Ghazanfar, S. A. (2012). Medicinal plants of the Middle East. In: Ram Singh (ed) Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering and Crop Improvement. pp. 163–180. CRC Press. Florida. USA.

Ghazanfar, S. A. (2010). Conservation through restoration: study of a degraded gravel plain in south-eastern Arabia. Pakistan J. Bot. Special Issue 42: 193–204. 

Ghazanfar S. A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Scrophulariaceae. In: H.J. Beentje & S.A.Ghazanfar S.A. (eds), Flora of Tropical East Africa, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 212 pp.