Alan Crivellaro, PhD

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I’m a plant stem anatomist, ecologist,

and teacher.


I love to work with colleague scientists who inspire me and I enjoy  providing conditions in which students can learn. I have been inspiring students since 2001, when I started my teaching career.

My current research interests are related to ecological plant stem anatomy and a secret secret thing.


Alan grew up in a quiet country district in northeast Italy, in a recently established rural settlement which lies on the border between roadless open space and historical villages. He worked in different furniture making companies as first summer jobs. He got a high school diploma in Furniture Making and Interior Design. Despite 12 job offers on his desk, he decided to start university studies at the University of Padova, which resulted in a BA in Wood Science and Industries, a MS in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and a PhD in Ecology. His student career path meandered through an assistant research position at the Italian Trees and Timber Institute based in Florence, and research travels in Europe (Switzerland, Cyprus), and USA (Corvallis, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona). His MS thesis was about anatomical, physical and mechanical wood properties of Duch-Elm-Disease resistant elms, and his PhD research was on the plant stem anatomy of 370 species of trees and shrubs from the island of Cyprus.

For three years Alan was assistant professor in Wood Science and Technology at the University of Padova. There, he research focused on structure and function relationships in stems of trees, shrubs, herbs and lianas, especially related to biomechanics and wood anatomy and wood quality.

He has a passion for showing students how variations in anatomical features of plant stems can be used as a unique tool for conducting research at the cross-disciplinary interface of wood science, forestry, ecology and archeology. He loves creating the right conditions in which students can learn and he enjoyes teaching very much. In university classes and international training programmes Alan taught topics such as wood anatomy, wood science and technology, plant ecology, tropical timbers, wood and cultural heritage, and wood products.