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Sir Peter Crane, a distinguished evolutionary biologist, has been appointed dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Crane, the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, is the former director of England’s renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Earlier in his career he also led the scientific programs at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
“Peter’s impressive record of research and conservation achievements and his stellar leadership of important scientific organizations will make him a superb dean of Yale’s environment school,” President Richard Levin said. “I am confident that he will add to the school’s century-long legacy of leading research and education in an era when advancing knowledge of the natural world and mankind’s impact on it has never been more important.”
Crane’s research is focused on the diversity of plant life, including its origin and fossil history, its current status and its conservation and use. Seeking to understand large-scale patterns and processes of plant evolution, he has worked extensively on questions relating to the origin and early diversification of flowering plants and, together with Paul Kenrick, published The Origin and Early Diversification of Land Plants: A Cladistic Study in 1997. He has written several other books and authored nearly 200 articles and essays.
Prior to his current appointment at the University of Chicago,…
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