Dr. Merlin Franco Francis

merlin.francis@ubd.edu.bn

Senior Assistant Professor, Institute of Asian Studies



                    

EDUCATION

PhD in Ethnobiology & MSc in Botany from Madras Christian College, Chennai

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Biocultural Diversity, Ethnobiology, Local Knowledge, Folk medicine, Local Ecological Calendars, Ecocriticism

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Scopus Publications

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Google Scholar Citations

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Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

1) Franco, F.M., Nurzahidah Bakar (2020). Persistence of the Salty-Sweet Nipah Sugar in the Popular Foodways of Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnobiology 40(3):368-385. https://doi.org/10.2993/0278-0771-40.3.368

2) Franco, F.M., and Rainer W. Bussmann (2020). Rising to the occasion: outlining Ethnobiologists’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 20:06. http://dx.doi.org/10.32859/era.20.06.1-4

3) Khairunzahidah Kamsani, F. Merlin Franco, and Ferry Slik. (2020). A comparative account of the traditional healing practices of healers and non-healers in the Kiudang area of Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 256: 112788. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2020.112788

4) Franco, F.M., Chaw, L.L., Bakar, N. et al. (2020). Socialising over fruits and vegetables: the biocultural importance of an open-air market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 16: 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-020-0356-6

5) Prabakaran, K., S. Eswaramoorthi, R. Nagarajan, A. Anandkumar, F. Merlin Franco. (2020). Geochemical behaviour and risk assessment of trace elements in a tropical river, Northwest Borneo. Chemosphere 252: 126430. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126430

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Franco, F.M., Chaw, L.L., Bakar, N. et al. (2020). Socialising over fruits and vegetables: the biocultural importance of an open-air market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 16: 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-020-0356-6

Franco, F.M. (2019). When the seeds sprout, the hornbills hatch: understanding the traditional ecological knowledge of the Ibans of Brunei Darussalam on hornbills. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-019-0325-0

Franco, F.M. (2015). Calendars and ecosystem management: some observations. Human Ecology 43 (2): 355-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-015-9740-6

Franco, F.M., S. Hidayati, B.A.A. Ghani & B. Ranaivo-Malancon (2015). Ethnotaxonomic systems can reflect the vitality status of Indigenous languages and Traditional Knowledge. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 14 (2): 175-182.

Hidayati, S., F.M. Franco & R.W. Bussmann (2015). Ready for phase 5 - current status of ethnobiology in Southeast Asia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11(17). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-015-0005-7

GRANT DETAILS

Ongoing:

Co-investigator, Plant conservation in human influenced landscapes of Brunei Darussalam (2017-2020; BND 95,200). Funded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Completed:

Principal Investigator, Relationship between Traditional Knowledge, Culture and Language; (2012-2015; MYR 77,000). Funded by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia. Co-investigator: Dr. Beena Giridharan. (Research project undertaken for Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia)

Principal investigator, Developing a unified ethnobotanical index to assess language and traditional knowledge vitality (2013-2014; USD 7100). Funded by Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, U.S.A. Co-investigator: Ms. Bibi Aminah Abdul Ghani.