My research is focused on seed functional traits. I am interested in germination niche requirements to temperature, drought and salinity, and how these may change under climate change scenarios. I also research mechanisms underlying stress tolerance in seeds (e.g., oxidative stress) and the impact that the maternal environment has on important biochemical traits, such as seed oil content. My research is not restricted to specific taxa but rather examines inter- and intra-species comparisons in functional traits. Consequently, I have a broad research network across Europe, Asia and the America’s, and supervise a number of UK-based and visiting scientists.
- DPhil, Univ. Sussex, 2003
- BSc (Hons), Univ. Sussex, 1999
- Associate Editor of Biological Flora of the British Isles (Journal of Ecology), 2016 - present
- Editorial Board of South African Journal of Botany, 2015 - present
Behr, J.H., Bouchereau, A., Berardocco, S., Seal, C.E., Flowers, T.J., Zörb, C. (2017).
Annals of Botany 119: 965-976.
Clause, J., Forey, E., Eisenhauer, N., Seal, C.E., Soudey, A., Colville, L., Barot, S. (2017).
Plant and Soil 413: 97-110.
Galíndez, G., Seal, C.E., Daws, M.I., Lindow, L., Ortega‐Baes, P, Pritchard, H.W. (2017).
Alternating temperature combined with darkness resets base temperature for germination (Tb) in photoblastic seeds of Lippia and Aloysia (Verbenaceae).
Plant Biology 19: 41-45.
Kranner, I., Minibayeva, F.V., Beckett, R.P., Seal, C.E. (2010).
New Phytologist, 188: 655-673.
Seal, C.E., Daws, M.I., Flores, J., Ortega‐Baes, P., Galíndez, G., León‐Lobos, P., Sandoval, A., Ceroni Stuva, A., Ramírez Bullón, N., Dávila‐Aranda, P., Ordoñez‐Salanueva, C.A.. (2017).
Thermal buffering capacity of the germination phenotype across the environmental envelope of the Cactaceae.
Global Change Biology 23: 5309-5317.
EcoSeed – the impact of environmental conditions on seed quality, from model species to crop wild relatives
Investigating crop responses to environmental changes and evaluating the potential of crop wild relatives to enhance the future of European agriculture.
Cryopreservation of temperate recalcitrant seed
Study of the fundamental basis of desiccation and low temperature stress tolerance in recalcitrant seed tissues of temperate species in order to optimise their cryopreservation.