Dr. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD), recently presented a paper for the International Online Conference on Ethnobiology (Conferência Internacional Online de Etnobiologia) organized by Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa (UFPB) in Brazil. Dr. Franco’s presentation was on “Exploring opportunities […]Read More
Dr. Merlin Franco is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at IAS.
He is an ethnobiologist interested in the interrelationship between human culture, language and biodiversity (Biocultural Diversity).
He believes that the traditional knowledge of the indigenous communities that is embedded in their respective native languages holds the key for prudent management of ecosystem services.
Dr. Franco currently serves as Editor in Chief of Ethnobotany Research and Applications. In the past, Dr. Franco has worked with Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (2012-2015) and Earthwatch Institute- India (2011-2012).
• Biocultural Diversity- relationship between indigenous languages, culture and biodiversity
• Indigenous calendric systems
• Biodiversity and Ecosystem services
• Traditional Agricultural Systems
Franco, F.M. & D. Narasimhan. 2012. Ethnobotany of the Kondh, Poraja, Gadaba and Bonda of the Koraput region of Odisha, India. DK Printworld, New Delhi.
Balasubramanian, A.V., T.D. Nirmala Devi & Franco, F.M., (Eds). 2009. Use of Animal Products in Traditional Agriculture. Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, Chennai.
F. Merlin Franco and Nurzahidah Bakar “Persistence of the Salty-Sweet Nipah Sugar in the Popular Foodways of Brunei Darussalam,” Journal of Ethnobiology 40(3), 368-385, (24 September 2020).
Kamsani, K., F. M. Franco, F. 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2020.112788
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. and Minggu, M.J. (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: 46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-019-0325-0
Prabakaran, K., R. Nagarajan, S. Eswaramoorthi, A. Anandkumar, F. Merlin Franco (2019). Environmental significance and geochemical speciation of trace elements in Lower Baram River sediments. Chemosphere (219): 933-953.
Hidayati, S., B.A.A. Ghani, B. Giridharan, M. Z. Hassan, F. Merlin Franco (2018). Using Ethnotaxonomy to Assess Traditional Knowledge and Language Vitality: A Case Study with the Vaie People of Sarawak, Malaysia. Ethnobiology Letters 9(2):33–47.
Hidayati, S., N.I. Suansa, Samin, & Franco, F.M. (2017). “Using Ethnotaxonomy to assess Traditional Knowledge and Language Vitality: A Case Study with the Urang Kanekes (Baduy) of Banten, Indonesia”. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 14 (4): 576-582
Prabhakaran, K., R. Nagarajan, Franco, F.M., & A. Anand Kumar (2017). “Biomonitoring of Malaysian Aquatic Environments: A Review of Status and Prospects”. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology 17 (2): 134-147.
Franco, F.M. (2015). “Calendars and Ecosystem Management: Some Observations. Human Ecology 43 (2): 355-359.
F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD), has just published a new article on “Persistence of the Salty-Sweet Nipah Sugar in the Popular Foodways of Brunei Darussalam.” Co-authored with Nurzahidah Bakar and published in the Journal of Ethnobiology, the paper examines […]Read More
The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 59: Mutualism between Humans and Palms: The Curious Case of the Palmyra Palm (Borassus flabellifer L.), and its Tapper by F. Merlin Franco, Godson Samuel, and T. Francis. Please see below for details. Abstract: Borassus […]Read More
F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has recently co-authored an article on traditional healing practices and medicinal plants in the Kiudang area of Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam. Entitled “A Comparative Account of the Traditional Healing Practices and Healers and Non-healers in the Kiudang […]Read More
Dr. F. Merlin Franco of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam discussed his research on the role that open-air markets can play in combating plant blindness on the Royal Television Brunei evening news. In his discussion, Dr. Franco reiterates points that he has made in a recently published co-authored article on the […]Read More
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of IAS Merlin Franco was featured in the Brunei News in an article about Dr. Merlin’s recent research on hornbills in Brunei. Please click here to view the article in the Brunei News.Read More
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of IAS Merlin Franco gave a talk on 19 August 2019 to the Brunei Nature Society on “When the Seeds Sprout, the Hornbills Hatch: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Ibans on the Hornbills of Brunei.” In this talk Dr. Franco shared some of the findings of a research project that […]Read More
Dr. F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, has recently published a review of Cynthia T. Fowler’s Biosocial Synchrony on Sumba: Multispecies Relationships and Environmental Variations in Indonesia (Lexington, 2016) in the journal Ethnobiology Letters. Dr. Franco is an ethnobiologist interested in the interrelationship between human culture, language, […]Read More
The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No. 41: The Portrayal of Rainforests and People in Tourism Promotional Videos by Mizuki Munakata and F. Merlin Franco. Please see below for details. Abstract: Tourism promotional videos are known to play an important role in […]Read More