Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke was born in Melbourne, Australia. His interest in natural history developed slowly, constrained by childhood loathing of the “great outdoors”. The voluntary removal of his obstacle during secondary school led to an honours degree in Botany at Monash University in Melbourne, and a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Management at the University of New England, in Armidale, New South Wales. His interest in their pitcher plants first lured him to Borneo in 1987, and he has been going back ever since.

In 1989 and 1990 he lived in Brunei, studying the ecology of pitcher plants and travelling extensively around the island. In between stints in Borneo he has taught Ecology and Biometrics at James Cook University in Queensland, and worked as a horticultural consultant in Hong Kong. He is now based at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.