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Lyndon Wester

lyndon wester

Lyndon Wester, Professor
Research Interests
: plant geography; especially plant-human interactions such as alien plant invasions, ecosystem degradation and restoration, conservation of traditional food plants and non-timber forest products; Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Laos.
Phone: (808) 956-7858



B.A., Geography, University of Adelaide, 1967.
M.A., Geography, University of California at Los Angeles, 1969.
Ph. D., Geography, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975.

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Research interests 

In general my interests focus on the interrelationships between humans and the plant world. My research has included historical studies of vegetation change based on reconstruction from written records, documents and photographs as well as field survey of existing communities. I have also worked on case studies of weed invasions particularly those regarded as threats to natural ecosystems and have been engaged in practical problems of restoring habitats for rare and endangered species. I have had a long standing interest in mangrove communities and have done work on their dynamics in Hawai`i, Australia and Taiwan. In the last few years I have become increasingly interested in the food plants and forests of Southeast Asia and especially the fate of the herbs, leafy vegetables, nuts and fruits which were very important in the diet of agricultural societies now experiencing rapid economic development.

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Vegetation characteristics of remnant forests on Dong Mun, Northeast Thailand. In press: Komazawa University Regional Views Vol. 23. 2009.

Population dynamics of Marsilea villosa on O`ahu, Hawai`i, Pacific Science, 60:385-402(with John Delay, Lam Hoang, Byron Iida,  Nicholas Kalodimos and Tamara Wong). 2006.

Local plant names in communities in Northeast Thailand, Ethnobotany
 Research and Applications 4:203-212 (with Sekson Yongvanit). 2006.
Farmers, foresters and forest temples: Conservation in the Dong Mun Uplands, Northeast Thailand Geoforum  36:735-749 (with Sekson  Yongvanit). 2005.

Preserving the natural heritage: Making and preserving herbarium specimens,
video prepared for the National University of Laos, 18 minutes. 1999

Knowledge of traditional food plants in Northeast Thailand, Tropical Forestry in the 21st. Century, Ethnobiology 3:1:15. 1997

Biological diversity and community lore in Northeastern Thailand, Journal of Ethnobiology, 15: 71-87, 1994.

Weed management and habitat protection of rare species: A Case Study of Marsilea villosa, Biological Conservation, 68: 1-9, 1994.

Adoption and Abandonment of Southeast Asian Food Plants, Journal of Home and Consumer Horticulture, (with Dina Chuensanguansat) Volume 1, issue 2/3, 1993.

Vegetation history of Washington Island, Northern Line Islands, Atoll Research Bulletin No. 358 (with James O. Juvik and Paul F. Holthus), 1992.

Origin and distribution of adventive alien flowering plants in Hawai`i, In: C. P. Stone, C. W. Smith and J. T. Tunison (eds), Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawai`i: management and research, pp. 99-154, UH Coop. National Park. Resource Study Unit, UH Press, Honolulu, 1992.

Mangroves and protection of the coastal zone of Taiwan, Geoforum, 23:507-519 (with Cheing-tung Lee), 1992.

" Invasions and extinctions on Masatierra (Juan Fernandes Islands): a review of early historical evidence", Journal of Historical Geography, 17:18-34, 1991.

Conservation of traditional food plants and economic development, In: Contemporary perspectives on Thai Foodways, Center for Southeast Asian Research, Research Monograph 11, Marilyn Walker and Gisele Yasmeen Eds., pp. 55-75, Institute of Asian Research, University of Brititsh Columbia, Vancouver, 1996.