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van der Burgt, Xander

Xander van der Burgt
Job title: 

Herbarium Collections Manager

Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Dutch, German, French, Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc study Forestry, Wageningen University, (1988-1994)
  • Botanist, Tropenbos Cameroon Programme, (1997–1998)
  • Herbarium WAG, Wageningen University, (1995–1996, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Herbarium L, Leiden University, (1997, 1999, 2000)
  • Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland, (1999–2000 and 2002–2005)

I work in the Collections Management Unit, where all incoming and outgoing herbarium specimen consignments (both loans and gifts) are frozen, recorded and distributed. I deliver specimens to where they are required for scientific research by specialists at Kew or partner institutes worldwide. I collate and despatch plant identification lists to donating institutions. I help with implementing Kew's policy on access to genetic resources. I ensure compliance with CITES and CBD legislation governing the acquisition and supply of herbarium material.

I am also a botanist and ecologist with 21 year's experience on the study of the flora of West and Central Africa.

Selected publications: 

Burgt, X. M van der, Mackinder, B. A., Wieringa, J.J. & Estrella, M. de la (accepted by the editor, Nov 2014). The Gilbertiodendron ogoouense species complex (Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae), Central Africa. Kew Bulletin.

Burgt, X. M. van der, Poundje, M. & Sene, O. (2014). Cryptosepalum korupense sp. nov. (Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae), a tree species from the Southwest Region in Cameroon. Adansonia sér. 3, 36 (1): 73 – 81. Available online

Burgt, X. M. van der, Eyakwe, M. & Motoh, J. (2012). Gilbertiodendron newberyi (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae), a new tree species from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 67 (1): 51 – 57. Available online

Burgt, X. M. van der, Haba, P. K., Haba, P. M. & Goman, A. S. (2012). Eriosema triformum (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) a new unifoliolate species from Guinea, West Africa. Kew Bulletin 67 (2): 263 – 271. Available online

Burgt, X. M. van der (2010). Two new taxa in Magnistipula (Chrysobalanaceae) from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Pl. Ecol. Evol. 143 (2): 191 – 198. Available online