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Annals of Botany Special Lecture

Plant Allometry: Is There a Global Theory?

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Dr. Karl Niklas


Dr. Karl Niklas

Editor in Chief,
American Journal of Botany


Dr. Karl J. Niklas was born in Manhattan, New York, where he received a B.S. in mathematics from the City College of the City of New York. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

After accepting a Fulbright-Hayes Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of London, Berbeck College, he returned to New York to become the Curator of Paleobotany at the New York Botanical Garden. Dr. Niklas joined the faculty of Cornell University in 1978. He is the current Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Biology. He is also a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr. Niklas teaches courses in introductory botany, plant evolution, and biomechanics.

Dr. Niklas research deals with a biophysical approach to plant evolution and the quantification of the relationships among form, function, and environment. He is the author of over 240 research articles and three books, (Plant Biomechanics: an Engineering Approach to Plant Form and Function, 1992; Plant Allometry: the Scaling of Form and Process, 1994; and The Evolutionary Biology of Plants, 1997; all published by the University of Chicago Press).

Dr. Niklas is the recipient of numerous awards, including a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship, the George Gaylord Simpson Prize of the Peabody Museum, Yale University, the New York State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Preis for Senior USA Scientists, the Jeanette Siron Pelton Award for studies in plant morphogenesis, and the Botanical Society of America’s Merit Award. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Botany.


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