Professor Mark W Chase

Senior Research Professor



Biography Plus

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
Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • 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)
Selected publications Plus

Freudenstein, J. V. & Chase, M. W. (2015)

Phylogenetic relationships in Epidendroideae (Orchidaceae), one of the great flowering plant radiations: progressive specialization and diversification

Annals of Botany: doi:10.1093/aob/mcu253

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: in press

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: doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syu080

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

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

Oxford University Press, Oxford