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Furness, Carol

Job title: 

Research Palynologist

Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

basic French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. Durham
  • MSc, Univ. Reading
  • PhD, Univ. Reading.
  • Meeting co-ordinator, Palynology Specialist Group, Linnean Society
  • Editor, Grana

Research on structure, development and evolution of pollen and anther characters in angiosperms. Publishing peer-reviewed papers, including some in high impact journals.

Involved in ongoing collaborative projects aimed at (1) reviewing pollen and anther characters of systematic significance throughout the angiosperms, e.g. tapetum type, microsporogenesis, inaperturate pollen, and (2) carrying out more detailed studies of specific target groups, particularly Alismatales and Malpighiales. Research techniques include light microscopy and both scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Other activities include supervision of MSc and PhD students, and research visitors; the organisation of an annual one-day symposium for the Linnean Society Palynology Specialist Group; and editing papers for the journal Grana. Invited keynote speaker at the Joint 12th International Palynological Congress and 8th International Organisation for Palaeobotany Conference, Bonn 2008.

Selected publications: 

Furness, C. A. (2013). Evolution of pollen and tapetal characters in Ochnaceae (Malpighiales). International Journal of Plant Sciences 174(8): 1134-1152.

Furness, C. A. & Banks, H. (2010). Pollen evolution in the early-divergent monocot order Alismatales. International Journal of Plant Sciences 171(7): 713-739.

Furness, C. A. (2009). Pollen evolution and development in Ericaceae, with particular reference to pseudomonads and variable pollen sterility in Styphelioideae. International Journal of Plant Sciences 170(4): 476-495.

Furness, C. A. (2008). A review of the distribution of plasmodial and invasive tapeta in eudicots. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169(2): 207-223.

Furness, C. A. & Rudall, P. J. (2004). Pollen aperture evolution - a crucial factor for eudicot success? Trends in Plant Science 9(3): 154-158