Speaker: Dianne Edwards
Research Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Cardiff University


Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 3:30pm
Place: Alampi Room, Marine & Coastal Sciences, Cook Campus

Title: Could early land plants have bioengineered the planet?

Bio: Born in Swansea, S Wales. Thence to Cambridge University as undergraduate, post graduate and postdoctoral research fellow at Girton College. Came to Cardiff with husband and three year old in 1969. Been here ever since and now a part-time distinguished research fellow in palaeobotany. My interests have always been on early land plants beginning with a year at Cornell where I learned the job under the guidance of Harlan Banks. Initially fully preoccupied with morphological and anatomical studies—definitely a nit-picker—on vascular plants from the Silurian and Lower Devonian of South Wales, and a determination to reconstruct them as functioning and reproducing organisms, I am now increasingly interested in early terrestrial vegetation with particular emphasis on cryptogamic covers including possible lichens which must have colonised land surfaces before the advent of vascular plants.