Markus Manumbor


The New Guinea Binatang Research Center Ltd., Papua New Guinea
P. O. Box 604, Madang, Papua New Guinea
Phone/Fax +675 423 3258, e-mail:

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Professional Appointments

The New Guinea Binatang Research Center Ltd., Madang:

Paraecologist 1997-present

Paraecologist Team Leader 2005-present

Research Expertise and Experience

Biodiversity surveys using insects as indicator taxa, insect and plant collecting, mounting and labelling, insect morphotyping, curation of insect collections, insect rearing, field ecological experiments, databasing and data management, digital and classic macrophotography, image processing.


Special skills: digital photography

Research Projects

Study of species diversity and host specificity of leaf-chewing insects in rainforests (1994-present)

Biodiversity surveys of Lepidoptera (2001-present)

Beta diversity of herbivorous insects in New Guinea (2001-2005)

Biodiversity Surveys

Insect biodiversity surveys in Moro Province, organised by WWF (1999, 2000)

Lepidoptera surveys in Sandaun, East Sepik and Madang Provinces, 2001-2005

Insect survey in Ramu river floodplains, 10 months in the field, 2005-2007

Educational activities

Environmental presentations in schools.

Environmental presentations to grassroots.


2nd New Guinea Biological Conference, Wau Ecology Institute, Wau, Papua New Guinea, 1999. Science and Technology in Developing Countries: Emerging Trends in the New Millenium,

University of Goroka, Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Sept 12-14, 2001.

5th New Guinea Biological Conference, Goroka, Papua New Guinea, 2003

New Guinea Biological Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2006 with oral presentation: Markus Manumbor: Studying insect communities in PNG rainforests: a parataxonomist approach

Professional travel

USA (University of Minnesota), Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute), UK (National Museum of Wales, Kew Gardens, University of Sussex), Czech Republic (Czech Academy of Sciences)


Auga, J., Boen, W. K., Dal, C. D., Manumbor, M. I. & Molem, K. S. (1998) The importance of leaf chewing insects in the lowland rainforest of Papua New Guinea. The New Guinea Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Digest 5, 5-6.

Leps, J., Novotny, V., Cizek, L., Molem, K., Isua, B., Boen, W., Kutil, R., Auga, J., Kasbal, M., Manumbor, M. & Hiuk, S. (2002) Successful invasion of the neotropical species Piper aduncum in rain forests in Papua New Guinea. Applied Vegetation Science 5, 255-267 [ pdf file 155 kB ]

Manumbor, M. (2000) Preation on the leaves of some rainforest species of trees around Madang (Papua New Guinea). P. 9 in the Proc. 2nd New Guinea Biological Conference, Wau Ecology Institute, Wau.

Novotny, V., Basset, Y., Auga, J., Boen, W., Dal, C., Drozd, P., Kasbal, M., Isua, B., Kutil, R., Manumbor, M. and Molem, K. (1999) Predation risk for herbivorous insects on tropical vegetation: a search for enemy-free space and time. Australian Journal of Ecology 24, 477-483.

Novotny, V., Miller, S. E., Hulcr, J., Drew, R. A. I., Basset, Y., Janda, M., Setliff, G. P., Darrow, K., Stewart, A. J. A., Auga, J., Isua, B., Molem, K., Manumbor, M., Tamtiai, E., Mogia, M. & Weiblen, G. D. (2007) Low beta diversity of herbivorous insects in tropical forests. Nature, 448:692-695. [ pdf file 449 kB ]

Tamtiai, E., Manumbor, M., Boen, W. & Isua, B. (2001) Parataxonomists: A new approach to training for science. In Proc. of the 'Science and Technology in Developing Countries: Emerging Trends in the New Millenium' Conference, University of Goroka, Goroka, Sept 12-14, 2001, p. 21.

Educational leaflets

Markus Manumbor: Yu tingim mi long bihain tu? (Will you think about me in the future?)
[ pdf file 229 kB ]

Markus Manumbor: What's these children's future gonna be like?

Markus Manumbor: Pacific leatherback turtles face extinction [ pdf file 303 kB ]

Markus Manumbor: Yu save wanpela lip i kisim hamas dei antap long diwai? (Do you know how many days the leaf stays on the tree?)


English, Melanesian Pidgin


Talking with a student at Smithsonian Tropical Research Seminar
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Late night record-keeping in remote Wanang field camp
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This was a really good betelnut!
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