Sook Ngoh Phoon

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Ph.D. candidate

BSc. (Hons.) Major in Biology, 2002, University Putra Malaysia

MSc. (Plant Systematics), 2004, University Putra Malaysia

Office:

E2.203A, Sir Robert Norman Building (E2), James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns QLD 4870

Phone:

+61 (0)7 4232 1687

Fax:

+61 (0)7 4232 1842

Email:

sookngoh.phoon@my.jcu.edu.au

Research

My research interest is in the field of plant systematics, molecular genetics, biogeography and evolution. I have revised several families (Myricaceae, Illiciaceae, Schisandraceae, Juglandaceae, Ochnaceae and Olacaceae) for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia project, and still remain an interest with the systematics and molecular phylogenetics of these families.

My current research focuses on the systematics, biogeography and evolution of Elaeocarpus (Elaeocarpaceae) on Sundaland. This project aims firstly, to test the monophyly and infrageneric relationships within Elaeocarpus on Sundaland using molecular evidence, and to compare results with a similar study in Australasia; secondly, to investigate the hypothesized sister relationship between the Polystachyus group from Sundaland and the Australasian Group XI subgroup B, these data will be used to infer the lineages of Elaeocarpus on Sundaland by incorporating validated fossil and geological data; and finally, to clarify taxon boundaries within the complex Polystachyus group using morphometric analysis.

Selected Publications

Phoon, S.N. 2013. Elaeocarpus stipularis. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Online Newsletter, volume 138/12.

Phoon, S.N. 2013. Elaeocarpus polystachyus. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Online Newsletter, volume 135/9.

Phoon, S.N. 2012. A new variety of Strombosia ceylanica from Malaysia. Kew Bulletin 67 (2): 1–13.

Phoon, S.N. 2012. Juglandaceae. pp. 161–171. In: Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (eds) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 3. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Phoon, S.N. 2012. Ochnaceae. pp. 277–298. In: Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (eds) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 3. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Phoon, S.N. 2012. Olacaceae. pp. 299–329. In Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (eds) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 3. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Phoon, S.N. 2012. Elaeocarpus angustifolius. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Online Newsletter, volume 122/26.

Phoon, S.N. Nura, A.K., Mohd, Fadli, B. 2011. Rudraksha: the bead tree of India and related species. Gardenwise 38: 22–25.

Phoon, S.N. 2011. Elaeocarpus mastersii. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Online Newsletter, volume 85/17.

Phoon, S.N. 2010. Illiciaceae. Pp. 137–143. In Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (Eds.) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Phoon, S.N. 2010. Myricaceae. Pp. 145–149. In Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (Eds.) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Phoon, S.N. 2010. Schisandraceae. Pp. 211–217. In Kiew, R., Chung, R.C.K., Soepadmo, E., Saw, L.G. & Boyce, P.C. (Eds.) Flora of Peninsular Malaysia: Seed Plants Series 1, Volume 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.

Ong, P.T. & Phoon, S.N. 2010. New records for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia, Family Orchidaceae 1. Acanthephippium gougahense, Schoenorchis juncifolia & Thrixspermum anceps. Malesian Orchid Journal 5: 17–28.

Phoon, S.N. & O’Byrne, P. 2009. A new species of Acriopsis from Peninsular Malaysia. Malesian Orchid Journal 4: 57–60.

G. Rusea, M.Y.L. Lim, S.N. Phoon, W.S.Y. Yong, C.H. Tang, H.E. Khor, J.O. Abdullah & J. Abdullah. 2009. Malaysian limestone orchids status: diversity, threat and conservation. Blumea 54: 109–116.

O’Byrne, P., Phoon, S.N. & Ong, P.T. 2009. Pennilabium armanii: A new species from Peninsular Malaysia. Malesian Orchid Journal 3: 113–116.

Jutta, M., Ong, P.T. & Phoon, S.N. 2008. New records for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia, Family Orchidaceae 1. Appendicula floribunda, Bulbophyllum elevatopunctatum, Cymbidium sigmoideum and Dendrochilum bandaharaense. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 60, 1: 37–43.