Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

"Imperial Forestry Institute" redirects here. For other uses, see Imperial Forestry Institute (disambiguation).
Purpose Research and teaching in plant biology
Head of Department
Liam Dolan
Key people
Parent organization
University of Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences, at the University of Oxford, England, focusses on research and teaching in plant and fungal biology.

Senior academic staff

As of 2015 senior academic staff (full professors) include:[1]

In total, the Department has:


The Department has three research groups:



The Department houses the Oxford University Herbaria that consists of two herbaria:

In total the collections contain 800,000 specimens[2] and the department has close links with the University's Oxford Botanic Garden.


Forestry was an important part of the university under the name of the Imperial Forest Institute, from 1924,[3][4] later the Commonwealth Forest Institute from 1939.[5] The Oxford Forestry Institute was incorporated into the Department of Plant Sciences in 2002, and research relating to forestry is now undertaken under the department's name. It ran a post graduate MSc forestry course for many years: Forestry and its Relation to Land Use.[6]


  1. Archived 25 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Oxford Plant Systematics". Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  3. "Imperial Forestry Institute, Oxford". Nature. 137 (3466): 573. 1936. doi:10.1038/137573a0.
  4. "The Imperial Forestry Institute, Oxford". Nature. 139 (3522): 731. 1937. doi:10.1038/139731a0.
  5. The History of the University of Oxford. Trevor Henry Aston, J. I. Catto, T. A. Ralph Evans, James McConica, Nicholas Tyacke, Lucy Stuart Sutherland, Leslie George Mitchell, Michael G.. Brock, Mark C. Curthoys and Brian Howard Harrison. Oxford University Press, 1984. ISBN 0-19-822974-7, ISBN 978-0-19-822974-2
  6. Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 51°45′32″N 1°15′09″W / 51.7590°N 1.2524°W / 51.7590; -1.2524

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