Dr Xander van der Burgt
Curator and Field Officer
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).
Talbotiella cheekii (Leguminosae: Detarioideae), a new tree species from Guinea.
Kew Bulletin 73: 26.
Burgt, X.M van der, Mackinder, B.A., Wieringa, J.J. & Estrella, M. de la (2015).
The Gilbertiodendron ogoouense species complex (Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae), Central Africa.
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 (TIPAs) in Guinea-Conakry
Identifying Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) of Guinea-Conakry, West Africa.
Global Tree Seed Bank Programme
Conserving some of the world’s rarest, endangered and useful tree and shrub species as well as conducting vital tree conservation research in order to retain a significant resource for humanity.