Sir Peter Crane (Yale University) will discuss "The Future of Plants: Diversity, Conservation and Sustainability," March 1, 2012, at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Crane′s visit is co-sponsored with Biology and Environmental Studies & Sciences.
Peter Crane has been Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale since 2009. His work focuses on the diversity of plant life; its origin and fossil history, its current status, and its conservation and use. He is the coauthor of The Origin and Diversification of Land Plants and Early Flowers and Angiosperm Evolution (forthcoming). From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago. In 1999 he was appointed director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where, along with other programs in plant conservation, he worked on the initial establishment of the Millennium Seed Bank. He returned to the U.S. in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at the University of Chicago.
Elected to the Royal Society in 1998, he was knighted in the United Kingdom in 2004. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina.