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Name  Stewart McPherson

Role  Writer
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Education  Durham University, Yale University
Books  Pitcher Plants of the Old W, New Nepenthes, Carnivorous Plants and Their Hab, Pitcher Plants of the Ameri, Sarraceniaceae of South America

2010 icps conference lecture stewart mcpherson the disvovery of carnivorous plants


Stewart R. McPherson (born 1983) is a British geographer, field biologist, nature photographer, and writer.

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Exploring carnivorous plants on auyan tepui with stewart mcpherson


Background

McPherson graduated in geography at the University of Durham in England, and studied briefly at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and Yale University in the United States. On graduation in 2006 he founded Redfern Natural History Productions in Poole, Dorset to conduct natural history research, publishing, filming and eco-tours.

Work in natural history

McPherson is the author of around 20 volumes published by his own company and concerned with natural history, largely focusing on carnivorous plants. He has co-discovered a number of species (including the much publicised Nepenthes  attenboroughii) and has formally described around 35 carnivorous plant taxa.

He is a member of the IUCN SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group. He documented each species in full detail in its natural habitat, taking seven years with many expeditions in the tropics of Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. Over time he has transitioned into TV presenter and natural history writer.

He set up "Ark of Life" to conserve species on the brink of extinction, initially carnivorous plant groups.

Television presenting

McPherson has appeared in several documentaries, including a conservation documentary on the lost world tepui sandstone plateaux of southern Venezuela and the borderlands of northern Brazil and western Guyana. A 2011 documentary Mountain with No Name was set on Palawan in the Philippines, where he discovered new species of flesh eating plants on a previously unexplored mountain. An earlier 2010 film documented the discovery of Nepenthes leonardoi.

His most recent series for the BBC was "Britain's Treasure Islands", a series of three episodes in which he visits all of Britain's 14 overseas territories, travelling 70,000 km in the process. Working with cameraman Simon Vacher, he discussed the natural history of each location and history of British settlement, except for the Chagos Archipelago. In that episode he merely mentioned that the inhabitants were "resettled" in 1966, while the wiki page for the Chagos Archipelago says this: "Officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Chagos were home to the Chagossians, a Bourbonnais Creole speaking people, for more than a century and a half until the United Kingdom evicted them between 1967 and 1973 to allow the United States to build a military base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the Chagos Islands. Since 1971, only the atoll of Diego Garcia is inhabited, and only by military and civilian contracted personnel." During the documentary he says that the atolls are almost entirely unexplored, without explaining that access has been highly restricted, by the US military. Not even the native Chagossians are allowed to return. Stewart McPherson also states in the introduction to the documentary that all the inhabitants of British Overseas Territories have voted to remain British citizens, which hardly seems the case of a population "evicted" from their homes and their country by the British government over half a century ago. In British Antarctica and South Georgia he retraced the expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and made a rare visit to the Chagos Archipelago and Pitcairn Island. The series was filmed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and broadcast on BBC Four in 2016.

Awards

  • The first recipient of the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation.
  • Published work

  • Video channel, Redfern Productions
  • McPherson, S. 2016. Britain's Treasure Islands: A Journey to the UK Overseas Territories. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • Tim Bailey and McPherson, S.R. 2013. Dionaea: The Venus's Flytrap. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Donald Schnell. 2013. Field Guide to the Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Alastair Robinson. 2012.Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Sulawesi. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Alastair Robinson. 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Borneo. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Alastair Robinson. 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Australia and New Guinea. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Alastair Robinson. 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Peninsular Malaysia and Indochina. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Alastair Robinson. 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Sumatra and Java. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Donald Schnell. 2011. Sarraceniaceae of North America. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. and Victor B. Amoroso. 2011. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of the Philippines. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. 2011. New Nepenthes: Volume One. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S., Andreas Wistuba, Andreas Fleischmann, and Joachim Nerz. 2011. Sarraceniaceae of South America. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R., Andreas Fleischmann, Alastair Robinson. 2010. Carnivorous Plants and their Habitats (2 volumes). Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. 2009. Pitcher Plants of the Old World. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole. (2 volumes)
  • McPherson, S. 2008. Lost Worlds of the Guiana Highlands. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. 2008. Glistening Carnivores - The Sticky-Leaved Insect-Eating Plants. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  • McPherson, S.R. 2006. Pitcher Plants of the Americas. McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company.
  • References

    Stewart McPherson (geographer) Wikipedia


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