Alan Crivellaro


I’m a plant stem anatomist,

plant ecologist, and teacher.


I love working with inspiring colleague scientists. I have been inspiring students from the beginning of my teaching career. I am an enthusiastic speaker. 

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I grew up in a quiet country district in northeast Italy. I got a high school diploma in Furniture Making and Interior Design. Then I worked in different furniture making companies. After that, and despite 12 job offers on my desk, I decided to start university studies.

I graduated in Wood Science, and in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, later I got a PhD in Ecology. My bachelor thesis explored the wood properties of elms resistant to Duch-Elm-Disease. My PhD research focused on the stem anatomy of 370 trees and shrubs from the island of Cyprus. More recently I focused on the stem anatomy of trees, shrubs, herbs and lianas. I use plant stem anatomy to cross-link wood science, forestry, ecology and archaeology.

I was a research fellow at the former Trees and Timber Institute (nowadays IBE - CNR) of the Italian National Research Council in Florence (IT). There, I learnt a lot and I built an extensive scientific network in Europe and the USA. After my PhD I undergone various Postdocs. I got the Italian National Scientific Qualification (ASN) as Assistant Professor. In Italy I was an Assistant Professor in Wood Science for three years.

I have a passion for teaching. I love creating the right conditions in which students can learn, no matter the topic. I am teaching at university courses and international training programmes. I teach on wood anatomy, wood science, plant ecology, wood identification.

I currently live in Cambridge (UK) where I jointed the Department of Geography of the local University. I am condictiong my reasearch to understand how biotic and environmental factors shape plant anatomical traits. My focus is at the cross-species level, at large scales. I use a combination of field-based anatomical data collection and synthesis of data from the literature. Cambridge is also a great place to enjoy running and kayaking.