Lectures are open to all and there is no charge for admission. However regular attendees are expected to be members of the society.

7:45pm for 8:00pm

Sorby Room, Wager Building, (formerly Geoscience),
The University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading.
Use Car Park 8

Monday 6 April 2020

Getting to the root of roots

Dr Sandy Hetherington, University of Oxford

The evolution of plant roots shaped the terrestrial landscape and underpinned the radiation of land plants. The aim of the talk is to provide an overview of the early evolution of plant roots, with special attention given to fossil plants preserved in the famous Rhynie chert and the rooting systems that anchored the giant Carboniferous tree clubmosses.

Dr Alexander (Sandy) Hetherington is an evolutionary biologist whose research spans the study of both extant and extinct plant species. Sandy carried out an MSci in Geology at the University of Bristol before moving to St Catherine’s College Oxford to undertake his DPhil. His DPhil was part of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme with his primary research project undertaken in the Department of Plant Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Liam Dolan. Sandy’s thesis titled the “Evolution and morphology of lycophyte root systems” was awarded the Irene Manton Prize from the Linnean Society of London. On completing his DPhil he was awarded a junior research fellowship from Magdalen College.

Programme 2020

The programme for 2020 as currently proposed is also available as a pdf document.

Other programmes

Previous years programmes and other programme information can be found on the About us page.