Alan Crivellaro


I’m a plant stem anatomist,

biogeographer and teacher.


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

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I am a plant scientist exploring the links between the anatomical structure of plant stems and the environment. I investigate how plant cells respond to the interacting physical and biological processes that drive their adaptation and evolution over timescales varying from single cold spells to millennia. This is useful to understand how plants respond to the changing climate, identify and interpret archaeological wood remains, and identify modern timbers in trade to combat illegal logging.

Much of my work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and I have undertaken research projects with Geographers, Ecologists, Archeologists, Biochemists and Material Science experts. I have been collaborating on several public outreach projects with colleagues in Cambridge and London-based museums.

After completing a BSc in Wood Science, a Ms in Forestry and Environmental Science and a PhD in Ecology at the University of Padova, I held Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in various Research Institutions and Universities.

I have a passion for teaching, and I love creating the right conditions to learn, no matter the topic. I am supervising students, teaching university courses and delivering international residential training programmes.

I am one of the Topic Editors of Plants and sit on the steering groups of the Quantitative wood anatomy NETwork - Qnet and the International Association of Wood Anatomists. I am also an independent member of the International Biogeography Society and the Association of British Science Writers.