American botanist, now retired, George Staples has worked in the tropics throughour his research career. From 1988-2006, he was botanist at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, USA, where he specialized in the taxonomy of tropical garden plants, leading to publication of a major reference book on the cultivated plants of the Hawaïlan Islands (A tropical Garden Flora, 2005). From 2007-2013, he was Senior Researcher at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where he focussed on the plant family Convolvulaceae in the Asia/Pacific region. He authored the Flora of Thaïland (2010), Flora of Peninsular Malaysia (2015), and coordinated the Convolvulaceae information for the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (online from 2015). From 2013-2017, he conducted researches and performed special curatorial projects in Brazil, France, Singapore, Thaïland, and the U.K.
Currently, he maintians active research affiliations with the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K., and Harvard University, USA, while continuing to travel extensively in pursuit of Convolvulaceae.