Alan Crivellaro

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I’m a plant stem anatomist, ecologist,

and teacher.


I love to work with colleagues who inspire me, providing conditions in which students can learn, and have some uncontaminated home time to read and write each day.

My current research interests are related to plant stem anatomy, wood science and technology and a secret secret thing.

Yes, it’s true - I said “Wood does not exist”.

Alan’s biosketch

I 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. I worked in different furniture making companies as my first summer jobs. I got a high school diploma in Furniture Making and Interior Design.

Despite 12 job offers on my desk, I 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. My 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 (Oregon). My MS thesis was about anatomical, physical and mechanical wood properties of Duch-Elm-Disease resistant plants, and my PhD research was on the plant stem anatomy of about 300 species of trees and shrubs from the island of Cyprus.

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

I have 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. I love creating the right conditions in which students can learn and I enjoy teaching very much. In university classes and international training programmes I have taught topics such as wood anatomy, wood science and technology, tropical timbers, wood and cultural heritage, and wood products.