Dr Paula J Rudall

Senior Research Leader

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Trait Diversity and Function


Character Evolution


Evolution of Plant Structure and Development

The focus of my research is Comparative Plant Morphology. I study the arrangement and development of plant cells, tissues and organs. I compare ‘typical’ structures with ‘misfits’ (such as 'inside-out' flowers) that can help to elucidate patterns and processes of plant evolution. My work ranges from the organization of flowers and the patterning of petal surfaces, which are so important in attracting pollinating insects, to the intricate structure and development of the stomatal pores on the surfaces of leaves, which represent a vital interface with the environment.

  • BSc (Hons), Univ. London
  • PhD, Univ. London
  • DSc, Univ. London, 2001
  • Linnean Gold Medal Winner for Botany, 2005
  • Honorary Corresponding Member of the Botanical Society of America, 2007
  • Dahlgren Prize in Botany, 2008
  • NERC Individual Merit Researcher, 2011, renewed 2017, 2021
  • Honorary Corresponding Member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2012
  • Distinguished visiting research scholar, Adelaide University (1998)
  • Visiting research fellow, Universitá "La Sapienza" Rome (1997)

Rudall, P.J., Chen, E.D., & Cullen, E. (2017).

Evolution and development of monocot stomata

American Journal of Botany 104: 1122–1141.

Rudall, P.J., Prychid, C.J. & Gregory, T. (2014).

Epidermal patterning and silica phytoliths in grasses: an evolutionary history.

Botanical Review 80: 59–71.  

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. 

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.