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. I am available to organise workshops, courses, and give lectures on several themes in plant anatomy in relation to ecology and wood identification. 

Bio sketch

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.

While studying, I was a research fellow at the former Trees and Timber Institute (nowadays IBE) 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.

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. While in Italy I got the National Scientific Qualification (ASN) as Assistant Professor. I currently live in Cambridge (UK) where I enjoy running and kayaking. 

I am a member of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA), Association of Treering Research (ATR) and Assocaition of British Science Writers (ABSW).