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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

My main area of interest is the evolution and development of floral features that attract pollinating animals. I’m keen to approach questions of floral evolution in an integrative way, combining molecular genetic approaches to understand floral development with functional analyses using bumblebees and other pollinators. Where possible, these projects are carried out with regards to the phylogenetic context.

School of Biological Sciences theme affiliations



Part IA Evolution and Behaviour, Part IB Plant and Microbial Science and Part II Plant Sciences on the Natural Sciences Tripos, as well as the MPhil in Developmental Biology.

Previous positions

2013-present Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden
2013-present Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution, University of Cambridge 
2010-2013 Reader in Evolution and Development, University of Cambridge
1999-2010 Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics, University of Cambridge
1996-1999 Research Fellow, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge


1993-1996 PhD in Plant Development, John Innes Centre
1989-1993 BSc Plant and Environmental Biology, University of St Andrews  

Key publications


All publications


Awards and fellowships



Chair, Council of Scientists of the Human Frontier Science Programme
Trustee, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh 
Council Member, European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Patron, Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust
Vice-President, Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association
Member, Editorial Board of Current Biology
Member, Advisory Board of New Phytologist
Member, Editorial Board of Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Member, Editorial Committee of Biological Reviews
Member, NERC peer review college

Public engagement

The group is involved in a number of projects that explain pollination and the relationships between plants and animals to a wider audience. See more
Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Head of Evolution and Development Group
Professor Beverley Glover

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 333938