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Research Cooperative Edita Baltrenaite Ayam Victor Singh Ayumi David R. Purnell, MA, AMI Mary McQuaid Rachel Wyndham Obbard Qinxue WANG Naoto Incautious Testuser ssshyam0202


Blogs: 136
Pages: 3
Memos: 152
Invitations: 1
Location: Kyoto and Auckland
Work interests: research, editing, ethnobotany, prehistory, plant genetics
Affiliation/website: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Preferred contact method: Any
Preferred contact language(s): English, German
Contact address: email = researchcooperative atto gmail dotto com
Favourite publications: Aroideana, Economic Botany, Farming Matters, PLoSOne

Founding Member Info

Location: Kyoto, Japan and Auckland, NZ
Work: ethnobotany, plant ecology and genetics, human ecology, agricultural history, archaeology, museology
Affiliations: 1996-present: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. 1995: Freelance editor, Kyoto. 1994: JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto. 1993: Research Visitor, Australian National University, Canberra. 1991: Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.1990: STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ano, Japan
Contact: National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Biographical: Founded the Research Cooperative in 2001
Favourite Publications: Economic Botany, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, New Scientist, Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter, Archaeology in Oceania

Research Co-op Administrator

Peter J. Matthews established the Research Cooperative in 2001 and has managed the network since then. He is a full-time researcher, curator, teacher and editor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. Studied at: University of Auckland (BSc, MSc), and Australian National University (PhD 1990).


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Auckland University Press

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Centennial Memorial Issue: The Journal of Japanese Botany

Review of The Journal of Japanese...
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"Every day a little bit older"... but:

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Plans for 2017

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New Zealand Studies Society - Japan

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Sharing publications - the Elsevier guide

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Hei tohu tuatahi

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Ohu...
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Science communication in the USA

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Indexing forum descriptions

Today I fine-tuned our forum...
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Posted a new comment on @david-r-purnell-ma-ami:
"Hi David, We now have "founding member info" displayed (and to some extent searchable in the "Member Profiles" page under "Explore" tab). This means all..."
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"Hi... You might be interested in the following website - the Matthews Vintage Museum in northern New Zealand that specializes in old farm machinery. It is..."
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David R. Purnell, MA, AMI
29/01/17 05:08:28AM @david-r-purnell-ma-ami:

Hello Peter!
Congratulations on this new site! It looks great, is well organized, and easy to navigate.

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29/01/17 12:05:06PM @chief-admin:


Many aspects are better than before, but I am not happy yet with how our profile pages are shown. The profile biography is duplicated in the sidebar and at the top of the page.

Which position is best, do you think?

Personally, I like to have the main biographical field displayed at the top of the page, where people can most easily see it.

But it could be argued that having all profile fields in the same position is good, while using the main page to display activities.

I will keep working on this as time permits.

Cheers, Peter

Michele lesure
14/01/16 01:56:56AM @michele-lesure:
Thank you for your thoughtful letter introducing me to the Research Cooperative. I see that you have experience in archeology; I have experience from a field school and a couple of digs for private companies. Thank you once again for your hospitality and look forward to sharing resources.
Isam Eldin H. Elgailani
03/12/15 06:43:00PM @isam-eldin-h-elgailani:

Dear Peter J. Matthews

How are you. Thank you very much for joining me to this respect group . I sure will get more benefits from it by discussing our topic with each other regarding chemical research.

Regards and Best wishes

Dr. Isam Eldin Elgailani

19/08/15 06:16:31PM @sagnaa:

Dear peter

I have completed my MSc in botany From Madras Christian College,Chennai.I have done a work on the ethnomedicinal Knowledge of Kattunaika Tribes of Wayanad in Kerala District.Now am working as a Junior Research Fellow in Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden Research institute,Plaode. Am very much interested in Ethnobotanical works and want to do my best to the real heroes of the nature,and thereby for the betterment of my society.I would also like to do Phd in ethnobotany related field, in abroad.But for me financial is a problem but have enough willpower and determination.So i would like you to suggest me any possible ways to achieve my goal.

Thank you

Beniam Tadesse Abdissa
27/05/15 01:42:30AM @beniam-tadesse-abdissa:

Dear Peter

Thanks for your question.I did a thesis related to copolymerization and electrocatalysis while i was at a graduate school and I want to participate in any activity or update myself with information related fields such as polychemistry, etc.



Nopparat Thepthepa
11/05/15 07:25:19PM @nopparat-thepthepa:

Dear Peter,

I'm at Osaka, Ibaraki campus. Thank you for your suggestionconcerning my research theme. If it is ok forstudents from other universities to use the library at MINPAKU then I will go there sometimes. You are also welcome to our university.



Jonathan Rankin
05/05/15 02:51:52PM @jonathan-rankin:

Dear Peter,

Thank you for getting in contact. I am still navigating how this site works but would be most happy to meet up with some like minded thinkers to discuss anything 'island' research related! I'm in Auckland and my email address is

Kind regards,


Jacqueline Fa'amatuainu
23/04/15 09:09:52AM @jacqueline-faamatuainu:

Dear Professor Peter J. Matthews,

Thank you for your comment(s). I welcome the opportunity to meet with all the Auckland-based Research Cooperative members.If necessary,I would be happy to discuss your suggestion further via my other contact email:

Safe travels back to Auckland in May.

Sincere Regards,


Auckland, New Zealand

Arvind Mishra
17/02/15 11:34:25PM @arvind-mishra:

Dear Peter,

Your observations are correct insofar as state of science publishing in India is concerned.It has been a long time since I left active research in biology and now more inclined to popularization/communication of science in India.These days more interested in developing modules for science popularization for masses. Besides I am serving in state govt as Chief Executive in Fisheries department and have been given the task of imparting technological knowledge to fish farmers under lab to land programme. . I would definitely like to explore this website from time to time despite my busy schedules.

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