Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen
Associate professor emeritus
Research and Collections
Gothersgade 130, 1123 København K, Botanisk Museum
M.Sc. in biology, University of Aarhus, 14.02.1992.
Ph.D. in science, University of Aarhus, 08.05.1995 [thesis: 'The genus Dendrochilum (Orchidaceae). Taxonomic and anthecological studies. I-IV'].
Academic positions and affiliations
Assistant professor at the Botanical Museum & Library, University of Copenhagen, 01.11.1995–31.10.1998.
Associate professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark (formerly the Botanical Museum & Library), University of Copenhagen, 01.11.1998-28.02-2017.
Adjunct professor at Botany Department, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, since 08.12.2008.
Owner of Select Nature, since 01.01.2017.
Emeritus at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, since 01.03.2017.
Other scientific qualifications and in-house tasks
Herbarium curator (Natural History Museum of Denmark) of Danish vascular plants (1995-2016), and of Greenland vascular plants (2015-2016) and Orchidaceae worldwide (2011-2016).
Passed the course 'Teaching and Learning in Higher Education' at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 02.04.1998.
Member of the Ph.D. committee for botany/biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 2002–2007.
Member of University of Copenhagen's supervising committee concerning the nature reserve Allindelille Fredskov, 2008–2010.
Member of the teaching committee, Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2008–2009.
Member of the collections committee, Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2010–2013.
Member of the outreach committee, Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2013-2016.
Member of the institute council, Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2013–2015.
Botanical editor of the popular journal 'Naturhistorier', 2014-2015.
Completed the 'Course for PhD supervisors at SCIENCE in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)', Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 01.12.2015.
Academic prizes and honours
Awarded the Ph.D. Prize of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences, 1995.
Awarded an honourary grant from Carl Rasch’s Foundation by the Danish Botanical Society, 1998.
Principal investigator of the project 'Species Diversity, Endemism, and Hybridization Elucidated by studies of Selected Plants on the Balkan Peninsula', the Danish Natural Science Research Council, 1999–2001. Three co-investigators; total amount granted: 590,000 DKK.
Deputy keeper of the Botanical Museum & Library, University of Copenhagen, 2002–2004.
Member of the executive board of the 'Flora Nordica' project, since 2005.
Member of the governing body of the Botanical Garden & Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, 2005–2006.
Deputy chairman of the Danish Botanical Society, 26.03.2009–25.03.2010.
Chairman of the Danish Botanical Society, 25.03.2010–29.03.2012.
Leader of 'Work Package 2: Integrating and Reshaping the Expert and Expertise Basis' under the 'European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy' (EDIT), an EU network of excellence, 2010–2011.
Leader of 'Work Package 2: Coordination and Integration of European Expert Networks' under the EU project 'A Pan-European Species Directories Infrastructure' (PESI), 2010–2011.
The Danish Botanical Society's representative in the presidium of WWF Denmark, 2010–2012.
Principal investigator of the project 'Seidenfaden's Orchids: from Conventional Study Collection to Modern Research Facility and Gene Bank', the Augustinus Foundation, 2012-2017. Three co-investigators; total amount granted: 2,000,000 DKK.
Scientific focal areas
Orchid systematics, biogeography and conservation.
Hybridization and its evolutionary implications.
Variation below species level – implications for adaptation and taxonomic methodology.
Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.dk/citations?user=5mS3RVQAAAAJ&hl=da&oi=ao
Botanical field experience from Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Wales), Asia (Cyprus, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey), Africa (the Mascarenes, Tunisia) and South America (Costa Rica).
Member of the Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe, 1996–2011.
Participant in the DANCED/DANIDA project 'Capacity Building in the Field of Biodiversity, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden', 1999–2005.
Member of the Flora of Thailand editorial board, since 1999.
Member of the organizing committee of the symposium 'Centenary Celebration of Thai-Danish Collaboration in Biodiversity Research', Chiang Mai, 2001.
Regional adviser and representative of the Botanical Garden & Museum as national centre in the project 'Euro+Med PlantBase', 2001–2006.
Member of the scientific and organizing committees of the 'International Seidenfaden Orchid Symposium', Chiang Mai, 2002.
Member of the scientific committee of the conference 'Ophrys 2005', Chios, 2005.
Member of the editorial advisory committee of the journal 'Rheedea', 2006–2008.
Subject editor of Asian vascular plant taxonomy for Nordic Journal of Botany, 2007–2011.
Member of the organizing committee of the conference '14th Flora of Thailand Meeting', Copenhagen, 2008.
External research consultant, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai, 2009–2010.
Co-convenor of the symposium 'Orchids of Tropical Mainland Asia: New Scientific Insights' (as component of the '20th World Orchid Conference'), Singapore, 2011.
Member of the organizing committee of the '15th Nordic Meeting on Tropical Botany', Copenhagen, 2014.
Country representative (for Thailand) in the Orchid Specialist Group under the IUCN Species Survival Commission, since 2014.
Member of the organizing committee of the symposium 'Tropical Plant Collections: Legacies from the Past? Essential Tools for the Future?' Copenhagen, 2015.
Member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, since 2017.
Chairman of the committee that organizes the scientific conference of the '19th European Orchid Show & Conference' (to be held in Copenhagen, 2021).
Supervision of Ph.D. students
Santi Watthana, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ph.D. 2005
Kanok-on Bunpha, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand, Ph.D. 2013
Naiyana Tetsana, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand, Ph.D. 2013
Anchalee Nuammee, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, active.
Knowledge of languages
English (fluent); German and French (fragmentary)