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Professor Philip Donoghue
University of Bristol
My recent work has been focussed on attempting to elucidating the emergence and divergence of the plant kingdom, one of the most formative episodes in organismal evolutionary history, as well as in the evolution of Earth. As part of this work I have had to assess and develop new methods for analysing morphological anatomical data - the only data available for most fossil species that represent the majority of historical diversity. This work is having a dramatic impact on our understanding of the relations of fossil and living species, and the certainty with which those species relationships are resolved.
I have also developed a new policy on data sharing in my scientific community, ensuring that data are recycled to maximize its value, and the value leveraged by the funding that paid for data acquisition.