Eric J. Gouda, 2018 Recipient of the BSI's Wally Berg Award of Excellence.
At the 2018 BSI World Conference, Eric Gouda received the award. In the bromeliad world, Eric has many professional achievements and has volunteered his time and expertise for more than three decades. Despite his busy work schedule, he has routinely assisted when needed, often at an international level. Eric's areas of expertise include bromeliad ecology, taxonomy, culture, and identification. Eric is also skilled in developing and maintaining websites and in computer programming.
Eric attained a Doctorate of Science in Botany in 1987. His thesis topic was the Tillandsioideae of the Guianas. In 1994, after a brief period as Assistant Curator, Eric became the Curator of Living Collections for the University of Utrecht Botanic Gardens in The Netherlands; a position he still holds today. Early in this tenure, Eric began development of the Bromeliaceae section of the Gardens, focusing on Tillandsia species. In that capacity, he fosters various groups who visit the Gardens and teaches about neotropical plants, particularly bromeliads. Eric was also instrumental in forming the Dutch/Belgian Contact Group, which is affiliated with the BSI. He has been their chairman since 2000 and routinely gives talks; arranges field days, shows, and displays; and serves as their Newsletter Editor and Webmaster.
Eric has maintained membership in the BSI since approximately 1976. He has attended several international and regional bromeliad conferences, including BSI world conferences; and as a keynote speaker or lecturer, has given multiple presentations on collecting bromeliads in the wild and on topics related to bromeliad cultivation. Eric currently serves as a BSI International Director; and since 2013, has been a member of the Scientific Review Panel.
Since 2015, he has also been the BSI Webmaster. When the BSI Board of Directors was seeking answers to ongoing technical problems in the BSI website, Eric developed a better layout, improved the website's formatting, secured the site, and made it more user friendly. On the website, he also assists the BSI Cultivar Registrar in maintaining, updating, and expanding the BSI Cultivar Register (http://registry. bsi.org/), an online repository for registering bromeliad hybrids and cultivars. Eric has also bred and registered a few bromeliad hybrids and assisted with developing or naming several others. These include Aechmea 'Pseudonudicaulis', which was reclassified from species to cultivar; Billbergia Gouda's Glory, Billbergia Nutant Bronze, Billbergia 'Spider, Tillandsia Little Thing, Tillandsia Pink Sugar, and Tillandsia Rocket, all bred by Eric; and Tillandsia Sesea, developed from seed supplied by Eric. In 2007, Eric also developed the BSI Seed Bank. Bromeliad growers, including Eric, contribute bromeliads seeds that are distributed to BSI members upon request.
In 2005, Eric and Derek Butcher developed the online Encyclopedia of Bromeliads (http://bromeliad.nl/encyclopedia/), which includes photos of species, often in native habitats; official botanical descriptions; scientific name changes; and other interesting information. Eric regularly liaises with other bromeliad botanists and taxonomists throughout the world about taxonomic issues. Bromeliad taxonomic revisions occur frequently, a result of ongoing phylogenetic studies on bromeliads. Together, Eric and Derek also maintain an online list of species-level taxonomic changes in bromeliads, with synonyms and cross-references (http://botu07.bio. uu.nl/bcg/taxonList.php).
Because of his taxonomic expertise in the Bromeliaceae, in 2009 Eric was appointed section editor for articles about the Bromeliaceae submitted to the journal Phyto taxa, an important international journal for botanical taxonomy (https://biotaxa.org/Phytotaxa). Lastly, Eric regularly contributes to Brom-L, an online virtual bromeliad society developed established to share information and photos, discuss issues, and relate experiences of interest to bromeliad taxonomists and growers (http:// bromeliad.nl/brom-l/).
Through the years, Eric has participated in many botanical field trips, often with other botanists, throughout South America and Central America. During these trips, Eric occasionally discovers new information about previously-described taxa or discovers new taxa, adding to our understanding of the diversity, classification, CITES-status, and ecology of the Bromeliaceae. Eric has either authored, co-authored or amended the official botanical descriptions of over 50 taxa, which to date include the following:
Aechmea xlanjouwii (L. B. Smith) L. B. Smith, emend. E. J. Gouda
Aechmea maasii Gouda & W Till
Aechmea moonenii Gouda
Bromelia granvillei L. B. Smith & Gouda
Bromelia magnifica Esteves & Gouda
Bromelia tocantinense Esteves & Gouda
Cipuropsis amicorum (I. Ramirez & Bevilacqua) Gouda
Cipuropsis asmussii Gouda
Deuterocohnia carmineoviridifilora (Rauh) Gouda =>Deuterocohnia meziana subsp. carmineoviridifilora
Disteganthus lateralis (L. B. Smith) Gouda
Dyckia piauiensis Esteves & Gouda
Dyckiapiracanjubensis Esteves & Gouda
Dyckia splendida Esteves & Gouda
Guzmania altsonii L. B. Smith emend Gouda
Guzmania densispica Gouda & Manzanares
Guzmania inkaterrae Gouda & C. Soto
Guzmania monostachia forma alba (ariza-julia) Gouda
Pitcairnia cremersii Gouda
Pitcairnia floresii Gouda & Ric. Fernandez
Pitcairnia saxosa Gouda
Pitcairnia semijuncta Baker emend. Gouda
Pitcairnia vandersteenii Gouda
Puya aequatorialis forma albiflora (Andre) Gouda
Puya harrylutheri Gouda
Racinaea condorensis Manzanares & Gouda
Racinaea decipiens (Andre) Gouda & Manzanares
Racinaea decipiens var. tomensis (Smith) Gouda & Manzanares
Racinaea guacamayosensis Manzanares & Gouda
Racinaea penduliflora Gouda & Manzanares
Racinaea pulchella (Andre) Gouda & Manzanares
Racinaea terrestris Manzanares & Gouda
Racinaea tillii Manzanares & Gouda
Tillandsia ceesgoudae Gouda
Tillandsia condorensis (Manzanares & Gouda) Christenh. & Byng => Racinaea condorensis
Tillandsia copynii Gouda
Tillandsia edithae var. araucariifolia Gouda
Tillandsia funckiana var. recurvifolia Gouda in Wubben hort, ex Rauh
Tillandsia hansonii Manzanares & Gouda
Tillandsia ixioides subsp. viridiflora (Rauh) Gouda
Tillandsia machupicchuensis Gouda & J. Ochoa
Tillandsia manzanilloensis Gouda
Tillandsia melanocraterh. B. Smith emend. Gouda
Tillandsia pardoi Gouda
Tillandsia prolata (H. Luther) Gouda & Barfuss
Tillandsia renateehlersiae Leme & Gouda
Tillandsia spiculosa var. stenoglossa (L. B. Smith) Gouda =>Racinaea spiculosa var. stenoglossa
Tillandsia spiralipetala Gouda
Tillandsia tafiensis (L. B. Smith) Gouda
Tillandsia tenuifolia var. glaucifolia Gouda
Tillandsia tenuifolia var. nigrifolia Gouda
Tillandsia tetrantha var. caribaea (L.B. Smith) Gouda =>Racinaea tetrantha var. caribaea.
Tillandsia xwilinskii Gouda
Vriesea duidae (L.B. Smith) Gouda
Vrieseapleiosticha (Grisebach) Gouda =>Mezobromeliapleiosticha
One genus (Goudaea) and two species (Racinaea goudae and Pitcairnia goudae) of bromeliads have been named for Eric.
Eric has also contributed a number of scientific reports on bromeliad taxonomy. These include the following:
Gouda, E., 2017. A new species of Cipuropsis. BSI Journal 66 (2):75.
Gouda, E., & R. Gouda, 2017. Aechmea paniculata a large but not very well-known species from Amazonian Peru. BSI Journal 66 (1):20.
Roguenant, A. & E. Gouda, 2017. Marcel Lecoufle (1913-2016). BSI Journal 66 (4):272.
Butcher, D., & E. Gouda, 2016. Orthophytum saxicola. BSI Journal 66 (4):266.
Gouda, E., 2016. How variable is Neoregelia eleutheropetala ? BSI Journal 65 (4):249.
Gouda, E., & R. Gouda, 2016. A new and highly ornamental Pitcairnia species from Peru. BSI Journal 65 (4):222.
Gouda, E. J., & M. A. Wisnev. 2016. Identity of Billbergia speciosa Thunberg vs.
Billbergia elegans Mart. Ex Schult. & Schult f. BSI Journal 65 (4):239 Manzanares, J., & E. Gouda, 2016. New Tillandsia species (77 hansonii). BSI Journal 66 (4):251.
Pereira, E., & E. Gouda, 2016. A new Dyckia (D. piracanjubensis). BSI Journal 66 (3):172.
Pereira, E., & E. Gouda, 2016. New species, Bromelia magnifica. BSI Journal 66 (4):226.
Gouda, E., 2015. Notes on the polymorphic Tillandsia xiphioides Ker Gawler. BSI Journal 65 (2):111.
Gouda, E., 2015. Pitcairnia biflora, a beautiful small species. BSI Journal 65 (3):198.
Gouda, E., 2015. Notes on polymorphic Tillandsia xiphioides. BSI Journal 65 (2):111.
Gouda, E., & R. Gouda, 2015. New Pitcairnia species (P vandersteenii). BSI Journal 65 (4):222.
Esteves, E. P, & E. Gouda, 2014. A new Dyckia species (Bromeliaceae, Pitcairni oideae) from the Brazilian northeastern region. Phytotaxa 164 (4):296-300.
Gouda, E., 2014. A new variety of Tillandsia edithae. BSI Journal 64 (2):76-79Butcher, D., & E. Gouda, 2014. Most Ananas are Cultivars. Newsletter of the Pine apple Working Group, International Society for Horticultural Science 21: 9-11.
Gouda, E., 2013- A Very Rare Nocturnal Flowering New Puya from Amazonas, Venezuela. BSI Journal 62 (6):255-259.
Gouda, E., 2012. A remarkable new Pitcairnia (Bromeliaceae) species from Peru. Phytotaxa 49:9-33.
Gouda, E., 2012. A very rare nocturnal flowering new Puya from Amazonian Venezuela. BSI Journal 62 (6):255
Gouda, E., 2012.Deuterocohnia carmineo-viridiflora--a new status for a remarkable species from Bolivia and Paraguay. Die Bromelie 2012 (3): 115-117
Gouda, E., 2012. Two new species in Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae) of Machu Pic chu, Peru. Phytotaxa, 46:10-18.
Gouda, E. J., 2011. The correct name for Guzmania fusispica. BSI Journal 61(3):102.
Gouda, E., 2000. Checklist of Bromeliaceae of the Guianas with notes on critical species. Selbyana 20:30-39.
Gouda, E. J., & J. Manzanares, 2008. A new species of Racinaea (Bromeliaceae) from Peru. BSI Journal 58 (4): 156.
Scharf, U., & E. J. Gouda, 2008. Bringing Bromeliaceae back to Homeland Botany. BSI Journal 58 (3): 123.
Gouda, E., 1999. Bromeliaceae of the Guianas. Flora of the Guianas Newsletter 12:14-15.
Gouda, E., 1987. Flora of the Guianas--Bromeliaceae (Tillandsioideae). In Ara Gorts-van Rijn (eds.), Flora of the Guianas, pp. 1-112. Koeningstein: Koeltz Scientific Books.
Eric richly deserves the BSI Wally Berg Award of Excellence for his enduring love of bromeliads and his significant contributions to bromeliad science and the BSI.
Bert, T.M. 2017. Call for nominations for the BSI Wally Berg Award of Excellence./. BromeliadSoc. 1:11 13.
Caption: Figure 1. Eric Couda after receiving the BS I Wally Berg Award of Excellence plaque, presented to him by Peter Bak at his local society meeting in September 2018. Photo by Roel Tomassen.
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