Merlin, Mark D.


My research has focused on the cultural histories of human-plant interactions with special emphasis on the pan-global, traditional use of psychoactive species. I also study the human impact on native vegetation in tropical island ecosystems, both past and present, with a general interest in the natural history of Remote Oceania. My most important career object has been to contribute to and foster environmental education and preservation of traditional ecological and ethnobotanical knowledge.

Research Interests: Ethnobotany, Plant Ecology, Environmental History, Natural History of Remote Oceania, Human Impact on Hawaiian and other Tropical Pacific Islands

Dr. Mark Merlin
Professor of Botany
PhD 1979, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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  • Lamoureux, Charles H (National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution, 1963-11-15)
  • Merlin, Mark D (University of Hawai'i Press, 2000-07)
    Ethnobotany has had a relatively short history as a scientific or scholarly discipline, and according to R. L. Ford still lacks a unifying theory. In this paper the history of ethnobotany in Remote Oceania is reviewed. ...
  • Lamoureux, Charles; Stemmermann, Lani (Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany, 1976-09)
    An expedition through Kipahulu Valley was organized to evaluate the frequenly implied negative environmental impact of the 1967 Kipahulu Valley Expedition. On the 1976 expedition four people trekked down through the valley ...
  • Merlin, Mark D (University of Hawai'i Press, 1985-01)
    Rarotonga is the largest (64 km2 ) and by far the highest (652 m) of the Cook Islands. The native coastal and lowland vegetation of this high volcanic, tropical island has been either completely removed or heavily ...
  • Merlin, Mark D (University of Hawai'i Press, 1991-04)
    Mangaia, the second largest (51.8 km2 ) of the Cook Islands, has a central, volcanic region with a maximum elevation of 169 m above sea level. The igneous interior is surrounded by an extensive formation of elevated ...

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