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 quite recent rural settlement which doesn’t look like a town and lays on the border between roadless open space and historical villages. I worked in different furniture making companies as my first summer payed jobs. I got a high school diploma in Furniture Making and Interior Design. Right after that I left 12 job offers on my desk and decided to start university studies. I got a BA in Wood Science and Industries, a MS in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and a PhD in Ecology, all from the University of Padova. 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. I was assistant professor in Wood Science and Technology at Dept. TESAF, University of Padova, from 2015 to 2018. There, my research focused on structure and function relationships in trees, shrubs, herbs and lianas, especially related to biomechanics and wood quality.

I works to show how variations in anatomical features of plant stems represent a unique tool for conducting research at the cross-disciplinary interface of wood science, forestry, ecology and archeology. I love providing conditions in which students can learn. I am teaching many classes and international training schools related to wood anatomy, wood science and technology, tropical timbers, wood and cultural heritage, and wood products.