Mark W. Chase

Senior Research Professor


Job title: 
Senior Research Professor
Foreign languages: 
Spanish, French


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: 

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: 

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.