Mark Chase

Widely recognised as a distinguished scientist in his field, Professor Mark Chase FRS has extensive experience in plant science and has held this role since August 2006. He has contributed to many publications and was lead author of the landmark 1993 paper on seed plant phylogenetics that began the molecular revolution leading to the reclassification of the flowering plants and many individual plant groups. Professor Chase’s areas of interest are plant classification and evolution and he has worked extensively with orchids. He can also speak about RBG Kew’s plant DNA genetic research. In 2009 he was awarded the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London, given every 50 years to a set of outstanding biologists.

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