I study the flora of higher-rainfall areas in West and Central Africa. I have worked at the Kew Herbarium since 2006. Over the past 25 years, I have accomplished about 50 expeditions, to Cameroon, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and other African countries. I lead botanical expeditions to remote areas, national parks, and areas where development is proposed. I train local botanists and seed collectors on how to find rare plant species, collect herbarium samples, and how to make seed collections. I am especially interested in tree species; having newly described 14 tree species which I discovered and collected myself in the rain forests of Africa.
- MSc in Forest Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 1994
- PhD by Published Work, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2018
Burgt X. M. van der, Konomou G., Haba P. M. & Magassouba S. (2019).
Gladiolus mariae (Iridaceae), a new species from fire-free shrubland in the Kounounkan Massif, Guinea.
Willdenowia 49: 117 – 126.
Burgt, X.M. van der, Molmou, D., Diallo, A., Konomou, G., Haba, P.M., Magassouba, S. (2018).
Kew Bulletin 73: 26.
Burgt, X.M van der, Mackinder, B.A., Wieringa, J.J. & Estrella, M. de la (2015).
Kew Bulletin 70: 29.
Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) in Cameroon
Identifying and promoting the long-term conservation and sustainable management of Cameroon’s most important sites for plant diversity.
Tropical Important Plant Areas in Guinea-Conakry
Identifying Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) of Guinea-Conakry, West Africa.
GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub
Turning plant diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa into an economic resource for community livelihoods.