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Sandra Knapp

  • PhD
  • Individual Merit Researcher (IMP)
  • Natural History Museum
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Research interests

Taxonomy and systematics; biodiversity; biogeography; genomics


Sandra Knapp obtained her PhD in 1986 from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She is a specialist on the taxonomy of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and has spent much time in the field in Central and South America collecting plants. She is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and actively involved in promoting the role of taxonomy worldwide. She is also the author of several popular books on the history of science and botanical exploration, including the award-winning Potted Histories (2004). In 2009 she was honored by the Peter Raven Outreach Award by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the UK National Biodiversity Network’s John Burnett Medal. Her current projects include Flora Mesoamericana, a world-wide taxonomic monograph of the megadiverse genus Solanum (Solanaceae), collaborative research in phylogenetics and genomic evolution of Solanaceae, and field guides for conservation in the Neotropics.

Followers (30)

  • Eder Torres

    Eder TorresUniversity of Campinas Institute of Biology

  • Melissa Islam

    Melissa IslamDenver Botanic Gardens

  • asadollah asadi

    asadollah asadiUniversity of Mohaghegh Ardabili

  • Kari Mejia

    Kari Mejia

  • Mariana Augsten

    Mariana Augsten

  • Vitor Nascimento

    Vitor NascimentoUniversidade Federal de Vicosa Departamento de Biologia Vegetal

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Publications (5)

  • Confirming the identity of two enigmatic “spiny solanums” (Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum, Solanaceae) collected by Jean-Baptiste Leschenault in Java

    • Aubriot X
    • Loup C
    • Knapp S
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  • Crop wild relatives of the brinjal eggplant (Solanum melongena): Poorly represented in genebanks and many species at risk of extinction

    • Syfert M
    • Castañeda-Álvarez N
    • Khoury C
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  • Report of the Special Committee on By-laws for the Nomenclature Section

    • Barkworth M
    • Barrie F
    • Fortunato R
  • Transgressive phenotypes and generalist pollination in the floral evolution of Nicotiana polyploids

    • McCarthy E
    • Chase M
    • Knapp S
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  • Tropical Asian species show that the Old World clade of 'spiny solanums' (Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum pro parte: Solanaceae) is not monophyletic

    • Aubriot X
    • Singh P
    • Knapp S
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Professional experience

Individual Merit Researcher (IMP)

The Natural History Museum

July 2003 - Present

Education history


Cornell University

September 1980 - January 1986(5 years)