IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Harald Schneider, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China

IAS BMVP Harald Schneider
Origin of Land Plants

tbc May 2017

Harald Schneider is Professor at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China. Prior to taking up this position, he was Professor at the Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China and, prior to that, held the position of a Research Leader at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. Prof Schneider is recognised as one of the leading scholars in the field of land plant evolution with focus on macroevolutionary processes. He is especially recognised for his contribution to groundbreaking studies revealing the phylogeny of ferns (Pryer et al. 2001, Nature) and their diversification (Schneider et al. 2004, Nature). Until now, he contributed to more than 170 publications in scientific journals and several book chapters.

His research interests are bound together by his curiosity about the mechanisms and historic events that shaped the current biodiversity. Integration of research approaches and expertise of different disciplines was always in the centre of his research approach, such as phylogenetics, population genetics, taxonomy, morphology, and paleontology. His worked takes emphasis on often neglected lineages such as ferns and liverworts. His current research is increasingly shaped by “Learning from the past to predict the future of biodiversity”. 

During his stay in Bristol, Professor Schneider will be hosted by Professor Philip Donoghue (Earth Sciences), he will be giving the following seminars and lectures:

Public Seminar: Learning from the past to predict the future of plant diversity
Departmental Lecture: Are ferns really different: genotypic and phenotypic evolution in an often neglected lineage of vascular plants
Graduate Student Seminar: Macroevolutionary aspects of polyploidy

Dates and times to be confirmed shortly