Bill Baker

Bill Baker

Senior Research Leader

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Research Interests

All life depends on plants and yet the origin and extent of plant diversity remains poorly understood, especially in the tropics. The outstanding collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew provide excellent opportunities for comparative research on patterns and drivers of biodiversity in a changing world. The student will join a research group exploring plant diversity and its evolutionary history, primarily focusing on the palms, an iconic angiosperm family that has become a model group for tropical forest research.

Current interests of the group include:

Fundamental biodiversity research, especially taxonomy, informatics and conservation
Phylogenetics applied to systematic and comparative questions
Biogeography and biome evolution
Speciation biology.
Numerous opportunities exist for building links to any of Kew’s other 170 science staff.

Associated Research Streams

plant biodiversity, systematics, evolution, taxonomy, biogeography, conservation

Bill Baker

Contact information

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    Royal Botanic Gardens
    TW9 3AE