Professor Mark W Chase

Honorary Research Associate



I continue work on several major projects involving RBG Kew, including the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification of plants, orchid evolution and classification and polyploidy and epigenetics and their role in angiosperm evolution.

Current projects:

  • Advantages of polyploidy: a case study in Nicotiana (Solanaceae)
  • Chromosome number change and life history strategies in angiosperms: a case study in Nicotiana sect. Suaveolentes (Solanaceae)
  • Phylogenetics and evolution of Orchidaceae
  • BA (Hons), Albion College (USA), 1973
  • MS, Univ. Michigan, 1980
  • PhD, Univ. Michigan, 1985
  • Editor for Phytotaxa (2009-present)
  • Editorial Secretary, Linnean Society of London, (2013-present)

Chase, M. W., Cameron, K. M., Freudenstein, J. V., Pridgeon, A. M., Salazar, G., Berg, C. van den & Schuiteman, A. (2015).

An updated classification of Orchidaceae.

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177: 151–174.

Byng, J. W., Bernardini, B., Joseph, J. A., Chase, M. W. & Utteridge, T. M. A. (2014).

Phylogenetic relationships of Icacinaceae s.s. focusing on the vining genera.

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 277-294.

Dodsworth, S., Chase, M. W., Kelly, L. J., Leitch, I. J., Macas, J., Novák, P., Piednoël, M., Schneeweiss, H. & Leitch A. R. (2014).

Genomic repeat abundances contain phylogenetic signal in diverse eukaryoptic groups.

Systematic Biology 64: 112–126.

Pridgeon, A. M., Chase, M. W., Cribb, P. J. & Rasmussen, F. N. (2014).

Genera Orchidacearum, Vol. 6: Epidendroideae (part 3).

Oxford University Press, Oxford.