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Crane, Peter R.

Job title: 

Honorary Research Fellow

Joined Kew: 

1999

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. Reading, 1975
  • PhD, Univ. Reading, 1981
  • Knighted, 2004
  • Fellow, The Royal Society
  • Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • Foreign Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Member, German Academy Leopoldina
  • Foreign Member, Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Goteborg
  • Professor, Department of Botany, University of Reading
  • Visiting Professor, Palaeobotany, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Visiting Professor, Biological Sciences, Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • Adjunct Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Acad. Sci.
  • Board, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Board, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • Board, Lovaine Trust
  • Board, WWF, UK
  • Advisory Board, Royal Parks Agency
  • Individual Merit Promotion Board, UK Research Councils
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Member, Overseer's Visiting Committee, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA
  • The John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago
Role: 

Integrated paleobotanical and neobotanical studies of plant diversity and evolution. Conservation of plant diversity.

Research is concerned with the past, present and future of plant diversity.  A particular focus is applying palaeobotanical data to understanding large-scale phylogenetic and macroevolution patterns in the Plant Kingdom, especially the early evolution of angiosperms and associated patterns of Cretaceous vegetational change. Other research interests that have a historical focus include the early diversification of land plants and the origin of seed plant biology. Regarding the present and future of plant diversity, I am interested in the current state of knowledge of global plant diversity, including its relationship to geography, and how this can inform practical approaches to conservation.

Selected publications: 

Nic Lughadha, E., Baillie, J., Barthlott, W., Brummitt, N.A., Cheek, M.R., Farjon, A., Govaerts, R., Hardwick, K.A., Hilton-Taylor, C., Meagher, T.R., Moat, J., Mutke, J., Paton, A.J., Pleasants, L.J., Savolainen, V., Schatz, G.E., Smith*, P., Turner, I., Wyse-Jackson, P. & Crane, P.R. (2005). Measuring the fate of plant diversity: towards a foundation for future monitoring and opportunities for urgent action. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 360: 359-372.

Crane, P.R. & Kinzig, A. (2005). Nature in the Metropolis. Science 308: 1225.

Crane, P. R. (2004). Documenting Plant Diversity: Unfinished Business. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 359: 735-737.

Friis, E.M., Pedersen, K.R. & Crane, P.R. (2004). Araceae from the Early Cretaceous of Portugal: evidence on the emergence of monocotyledons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101: 16565-16570

Friis, E.M., Pedersen, K.R. & Crane, P.R. (2001). Fossil evidence of waterlilies (Nymphaeales) in the Early Cretaceous. Nature 410: 357-360.