Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    Graduated in Biology (Tropical Ecology) at IBED, University of Amsterdam

  • 2000
    PhD, Utrecht University

  • 2005
    Postdoc, Utrecht University

Selected publications

  • Andel, T.R. van et al.. 2012. Ethnobotanical notes from Daniel Rolander's Diarium Surinamicum (1754-1756): Are these plants still used in Suriname today? Taxon 61 (4): 852 – 863.

  • Andel, T.R. van et al. 2012. In search of the perfect aphrodisiac: Parallel use of bitter tonics in West Africa and the Caribbean. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Published online 16 August 2012.

  • Gernaat, Beckles & van Andel. 2012. Butterflies of Suriname: a natural history. KIT Publishers, Amsterdam.

  • Andel, T.R. van et a. 2012. Ghana's herbal market. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 140 (2): 368 – 378.

  • Andel, T.R. van and S. Ruysschaert. 2011. Medicinale en rituele planten van Suriname. KIT Publishers, Amsterdam.

  • Andel, T.R. van. 2010. How African-based winti belief helps to protect forests in Suriname. Chapter 13 in: B. Verschuuren, R. Wild, McNeely, J. and G. Oviedo (eds.) Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture. IUCN. Earthscan, London, pp: 139 – 145.

  • Andel, T.R. van. 2010. African rice (Oryza glaberrima Steud.): Lost crop of the enslaved Africans discovered in Suriname. Economic Botany 64 (1): 1 – 10.

  • Andel, T.R van and P. Westers. 2010. Why Surinamese migrants in the Netherlands continue to use medicinal herbs from their home country. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 127 (3): 694 – 701.

  • Ruysschaert, S., van Andel, T.R., et al. 2009. Bathe the baby to make it strong, healthy: Plant use and child care among Saramaccan Maroons in Suriname. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 121 (1): 148 – 170.

  • Andel, T.R. van and R.M. Havinga. 2008. Sustainability aspects of commercial medicinal plant harvesting in Suriname. Forest Ecology and Management 256: 1540 – 1545.

  • Andel, T.R. van, de Korte, S., Koopmans, D., Behari-Ramdas, J. and S. Ruysschaert. 2008. Dry sex in Suriname. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 116 (1): 84 – 88. /

  • Andel, T.R. van, Behari-Ramdas, J., Havinga, R.M and S. Groenendijk. 2007. The Medicinal Plant Trade in Suriname. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 5: 351 – 373.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Plant use of the Motherland: Linking West African and Afro-Caribbean Ethnobotany. NWO-ALW Vidi. Postdoc Leiden University / Naturalis, 2010 – 2015

  • Medicinal Plants of Suriname: Changes in plant use after migration. NWO-ALW Open Competitie. Postdoc Utrecht University, 2005 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member Flora of the Guianas

  • Board member van Eeden foundation for scientifc research in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles

Additional qualifications

  • Extensive experience with fieldwork in Africa and South America

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Good communicator, good writing and presentation skills, role model for female students


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