Dr Daniel Wood

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Trait Diversity and Function


Plant Health and Adaptation


Genomics, transcriptomics, plant health, evolution.

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Plant Health and Adaptation Team at Kew, supervised by Dr Laura Kelly. My research interests focus on the genomic basis of adaptation, particularly rapid adaptation resulting from human activity. I am currently working on constructing a pangenome for European ash as part of the Centre for Forest Protection, which will allow greater understanding of the role of structural genomic variation in resistance to ash dieback disease. You can find out more on the ash pangenome project page.

  • MSci, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2010
  • PhD, University of Sheffield, 2018

Wood, D.P., Holmberg, J.A., Osborne, O.G. et al. 

Genetic assimilation of ancestral plasticity during parallel adaptation to zinc contamination in Silene uniflora. 

Nature Ecology and Evolution 7, 414–423 (2023). 

Wood D, Besnard G, Beerling DJ, Osborne CP, Christin P-A (2020) 

Phylogenomics indicates the “living fossil” Isoetes diversified in the Cenozoic. 

PLoS ONE 15(6): e0227525. 

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