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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group

Environmental Plant Physiology


Biography/Research Overview

I am broadly interested in the relationship between anatomy and physiology. In previous positions I have researched the ways that succulence influences water relations and crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), with a focus on the tropical genus, Clusia.  At Cambridge, I am exploring how mesophyll anatomy influences the movement of CO2 through leaves.


Previous positions

2022 - 2023  Research Technician, University of Essex

2020 - 2021  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, USA

2019  Visiting Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama



2015 - 2019  PhD  Newcastle University

2012 - 2015  BA  University of Oxford


Key publications

Forty years of research into Crassulacean Acid Metabolism in the genus Clusia: anatomy, ecophysiology and evolution (2023), Annals of Botany,

Leaf Vein Density Correlates with Crassulacean Acid Metabolism, but not Hydraulic Capacitance, in the Genus Clusia (2023), Annals of Botany,

Dissecting Succulence: Crassulacean Acid Metabolism and Hydraulic Capacitance are Independent Adaptations in Clusia Leaves (2023), Plant, Cell & Environment,

Are cell wall traits a component of the succulent syndrome? (2022), Frontiers in Plant Sciences,

Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) supersedes the turgor loss point (TLP) as an important adaptation across a precipitation gradient, in the genus Clusia (2021), Functional Plant Biology,


All publications

Google Scholar: Alistair Leverett - Google Scholar

ORCID: Alistair Leverett (0000-0002-7064-1917)

Research Associate
Alistair Leverett

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street