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Rudall, Paula J.

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Job title: 

Head of Micromorphology Section

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. London.
  • PhD, Univ. London
  • DSc, Univ. London, 2001
  • 2005 Linnean Gold Medal Winner for Botany
  • 2007 Corresponding member of the Botanical Society of America
  • 2008 Dahlgren Prizewinner in Botany
  • Systematics Association Council (1997–2009) & Grants/Awards committee (1999–2006),
  • Royal Society, Newton International Fellowships committee (2008–2011)
  • Editorial boards, Kew Bulletin, Flora (1990-2006), Systematics & Geography of Plants (1990-2006)
  • Conference co-organiser, Monocots I (Kew, 1993), Reproductive Biology (Kew, 1996), Iridaceae (Rome, 1998), Under the Microscope (Linnean Society, 1999)
  • Symposia co-organiser at several conferences, Monocots IV (Copenhagen 2008), EED2 (Ghent 2008), SEB (Canterbury 2008), IBC XVII (Vienna 2005), Monocots III (California 2003), IBC XVI (St Louis, USA, 1999)
  • Distinguished visiting research scholar, Adelaide University (1998)
  • Visiting research fellow, Universitá "La Sapienza" Rome (1997)

Evolution of plant form; systematics of monocotyledons.

Use of micromorphology as a source of data in assessments of homology and phylogeny. Focused analytical studies on systematic morphology, anatomy, embryology and palynology in a phylogenetic and developmental-genetic context. A primary focus is to address questions about the evolutionary origin of flowers, including targeted comparative ontogenetic studies on a phylogenetically broad range of angiosperms in which the inflorescence–flower boundary is ambiguous, especially the monocot family Triuridaceae, the eudicot family Euphorbiaceae and the early-divergent angiosperm family Hydatellaceae. A second key research focus is on plant embryology and pollen morphology, including the developmental bases for key innovations in the seed-plant megagametophyte and microgametophyte.  Research portfolio of over 200 research papers and books, including a textbook, Anatomy of Flowering Plants. Collaborative research includes year-out placement students and PhD students, plus a broad international network. Kew’s Micromorphology lab attracts collaborations and research visits from considerable numbers of international researchers.

Selected publications: 

Rudall P.J., Hilton J. & Bateman R.M. (2013). Several developmental and morphogenetic factors govern the diversity of stomatal development in land plants (Tansley Review). New Phytologist 200: 598–614. doi:10.1111/nph.12406 Available online

Rudall P.J., Eldridge T., Tratt J., Smith S.Y., Ramsay M.M., Tuckett R.E., Collinson M.E., Remizowa M.V. & Sokoloff D.D. (2009). Seed fertilization, development and germination in Hydatellaceae (Nymphaeales): implications for endosperm evolution in early angiosperms. American Journal of Botany 96: 1581–1593. doi:10.3732/ajb.0900033 Available online

Rudall P.J., Remizowa M.V., Prenner G., Prychid C.J., Tuckett R.E. & Sokoloff D.D. (2009). Non-flowers near the base of extant angiosperms? Spatiotemporal arrangement of organs in reproductive units of Hydatellaceae, and its bearing on the origin of the flower. American Journal of Botany 96: 67–82. doi: 10.3732/ajb.92.9.1432 Available online

Rudall P.J. & Bateman R.M. (2007). Developmental bases for key innovations in the seed-plant microgametophyte. Trends in Plant Science 12: 317–326. Available online

Rudall P.J., Stuppy W., Cunniff J., Kellogg E. A. & Briggs B.G. (2005). Evolution of reproductive structures in grasses (Poaceae) inferred by sister-group comparison with their putative closest living relatives, Ecdeiocoleaceae. American Journal of Botany 92: 1432–1443. doi:10.3732/ajb.92.9.1432 Available online



Rudall, Paula J.