Short CV/Education and training

  • BA Girton College Cambridge

  • PhD Cambridge University

  • NERC and Girton College Research fellow

  • Research fellow, lecturer, senior lecturer Reader, Professor at Cardiff University

  • Head of School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Distinguished Research Professor (current)

Selected publications

  • Edwards, D. and Kenrick, P. 2015. The early evolution of land plants, from fossils to genomics: a commentary on Lang (1937) 'On the plant-remains from the Downtonian of England and Wales'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B – Biological Sciences 370(1666), article number: 20140343 (10.1098/rstb.2014.0343).

  • Edwards, D. 2015. A palaeobotanical pot-pourri. Palaeontology 58(1), pp. 1-3. (10.1111/pala.12143).

  • Edwards, D., Cherns, L. and Raven, A. J. 2015. Could land-based early photosynthesizing ecosystems have bioengineered the planet in mid- Palaeozoic times? Palaeontology.

  • Morris, J. L. and Edwards, D. 2014. An analysis of vegetational change in the Lower Devonian: New data from the Lochkovian of the Welsh Borderland, U.K.. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 211, pp. 28-54. (10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.09.006).

  • Edwards, D. et al. 2014. Cryptospores and cryptophytes reveal hidden diversity in early land floras. New Phytologist 202(1), pp. 50-78. (10.1111/nph.12645).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Life on land before vascular plants

  • Nature and affinities of earliest vascular plants

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Immediate past president Linnean Society of London

  • past president -Life member Palaeontological Association

  • Corresponding member American Journal of Botany

  • Leverhume Trust scientific advisor

Media coverage

  • Occasional radio and television

Additional qualifications

  • ScD Cantab; honorary degrees at Uppsala and Dublin Universities

  • Hon Fellow Swansea University

  • Fellow Royal Society of London, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Learned Society Of Wales

  • Medals Geological and Linnean Societies, Palaeontological Association.

  • Commander of the British Empire CBE


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Promotion of women in STEM


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: one son, one grandson

  • Hobbies: Botanic Gardens, Opera, Mozart, Gardening


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