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 Expert  729666

Expert in Biodiversity, Organismal Biology, Speciation, Evolution of Living and Fossil Plants


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Surrey
United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has published extensively in a wide range of biological disciplines within the broad field of biodiversity. He specialises in evolutionary and speciation mechanisms, drawing on case-studies from both modern botany and paleobotany and using a wide range of analytical techniques – morphological and molecular, morphometric, phylogenetic and population genetic. He has particular expertise on the European flora in general and its orchid flora in particular. He has been employed as a research leader by universities and institutes on both sides of the Atlantic, and since 1997 has gained considerable managerial experience, having been as Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Head of the Botany Department at London's Natural History Museum. He has also been Head of Policy at the Biosciences Federation, as well as chairing institutional reviews and repeatedly giving oral evidence to the British parliament. Expert has been President and/or Vice-President of several scientific societies, and has considerable experience of editing both peer-reviewed and popular work.
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botany

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paleobotany

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biodiversity

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biological species

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systematics


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2001   DSc   Evolutionary Biology   University of London   NA
1988   PhD   Paleozoic Paleobotany   University of London   NA
1984   BSc   Earth Sciences   University of London   First Class
1982   BSc   Life Sciences   University of Bedfordshire   Commendation

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to 2010

 

University of Birmingham

 

Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

 

Senior Researcher

 

He integrated evidence from studies of living and fossil gymnosperms (naked seed plants), with the main aims of understanding the evolutionary relationships of the major groups and determining the origin of the angiosperms (flowering plants)

2006 to 2007

 

Biosciences Federation

 

NA

 

Head of Policy

 

He represented the highly heterogenous interests and goals of approximately 60 UK-based scientific societies as an independent lobbyist addressing the UK government and other key policy-makers

2006 to 1999

 

Natural History Museum, London

 

Botany

 

Head of Botany/Merit Researcher

 

He was responsible for offering leadership, management and high-quality research programmes in a department of approximately 80 staff and postdoctoral researchers

1994 to 1999

 

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

 

Science Division

 

Director of Science/Senior Researcher

 

He was responsible for offering leadership, management and high-quality research programmes in a department of approximately 85 staff and postdoctoral researchers

1991 to 1994

 

University of Oxford

 

Earth Sciences and Plant Sciences

 

Advanced Postdoctoral Researcher

 

He developed and pursued an independent research programme in plant phylogenetics, focusing on fossils and funded by NERC

1988 to 1991

 

Smithsonian Institution

 

Paleobiology

 

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher/Lindemann Fellow

 

He developed and pursued an independent research programme in plant phylogenetics, focusing on fossils and funded by the Lindemann Fellowship of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth/Royal Society


Career Accomplishments:
Professional Appointments

He is currently President of the UK Hardy Orchid Society and Vice-President of the European Society for Evolutionary-Developmental Genetics. He has been President of the Systematics Association and Vice-President of the Linnean Society of London and the Botanical Society of the British Isles, and has sat on the Executive Councils of the Biosciences Federation and the National Biodiversity Network. He has occupied the boards of several scientific journals and co-founded three.

Awards/Recognition

He is the only person to have been awarded the under-40s medals of both the Geological Society (Earth Sciences) and the Linnean Society of London (Life Sciences)

Medical/Professional Internships

He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and Visiting Researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; he previously played a similar role at the University of Edinburgh


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has edited two scientific books, published approximately 120 peer-reviewed papers and 170 popular works, given 130 conference talks (many of them invited) and 80 institutional seminars

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Taxon  
 - Journal of Experimental Botany 57: 3471–3503  
 - Taylor & Francis, London  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He chaired the first ever external review of the Swedish Museum of Natural History, delivering a 40-page report that substantially altered the goals and modus operandi of the organization
  • He reviewed the systematic botany programs and collections at the University of Cambridge: the ensuing report resulted in retention of the extensive collections and ultimately the advertisement of a full chair in plant systematics
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has presented both written and oral evidence to UK parliamentary select committees on topics such as systematic biology and biofuels
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1983 to 2011   28 countries   He has visited 28 countries worldwide (and also more than half of the states in the USA) in pursuit of research collaborations and field collections for biodiversity studies (ongoing).

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has extensive experience of lecturing to graduate and especially postgraduate students in biodiversity-related topics, evolution, speciation, orchidology and paleobotany

Other Skills and Services

He has proved effective as an independent and objective reviewer of science and collections-related organisations, at scales ranging from single projects to entire institutions; he has also frequently defended institutions that are facing such reviews.


 

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