Dr Ruth Falshaw
Dr Ruth Falshaw
AboutDr Falshaw completed her PhD in aspects of cellulose chemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK in 1987. She then worked on wood pulp bleaching and water-soluble cellulose derivatives for Courtaulds Research, UK. In 1991, Dr Falshaw immigrated to New Zealand to take up a post-doctoral scholarship at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (later Industrial Research Ltd). Over the next 17 years, she became an expert in seaweed polysaccharides and a senior research scientist. Dr Falshaw has co-authored over thirty publications in peer-reviewed journals. She also has considerable experience as a manuscript reviewer. In 2007, she joined the Editorial Boards of the Elsevier journal Carbohydrate Research and the Walter de Gruyter journal Botanica Marina. She was promoted to Associate Editor of Botanica Marina in 2008 and undertook this role until 2010 in addition to her role as the Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science at Scion.
Postgraduate Diploma (Human Resource Management), Victoria University, Wellington -2011
PhD (Chemistry), University of Birmingham, UK -1987
BSc (Hons) (Chemistry), University of York, UK -1984
- Associate Editor of Chemistry for the international, peer-reviewed journal, Botanica Marina;
- Responsible for the development, management, funding and marketing of seaweed research for 15 years;
- Discovered a new species of seaweed;
- Developed new techniques for analysing seaweed polysaccharides.
R. Falshaw and R.H. Furneaux. The Structural Analysis of Disaccharides from Red Algal Galactans by Methylation and Reductive Partial Hydrolysis. Carbohydr. Res. 269 (1995) 183-189.
W.A. Nelson, G.A. Knight and R. Falshaw A new Agarophyte, Curdiea balthazar sp. Nov. (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta), from the Three Kings Islands, northern New Zealand. Hydrobiologia 398/399 (1999) 57-63.
S. Bloor and R. Falshaw. Covalently Linked Anthocyanin-flavonol Pigments from Blue Agapanthus Flowers. Phytochemistry 53 (2000) 575-579.
S. McNeill, M. Page and R. Falshaw. Field Trials to Optimise Timing and Frequency of Pruning for Cultivation of a New Zealand Carrageenophyte, Gigartina atropurpurea. J. Appl. Phycol. 15 (2003) 391-405.
R. Falshaw, R.H. Furneaux and H. Wong. Analysis of Pyruvylated beta-Carrageenan by two-dimensional NMR Spectroscopy and Reductive Partial-hydrolysis. Carbohydr. Res. 338 (2003) 1403-1414.
C.L. Hurd, W.A. Nelson, R. Falshaw and K. Neill. History, Current Status and Future of Marine Macroalgal Research in New Zealand: Taxonomy, Ecology, Physiology and Human Uses. Phycol. Res. 52 (2004) 80-106.
R. Falshaw and R.H. Furneaux. Chemotaxonomy of New Zealand red algae in the family Gigartinaceae (Rhodophyta) based on galactan structures from the tetrasporophyte life-stage. Carbohydr. Res. 344 (2009) 210-216.