Dr Silvia Pressel

Researcher, Botanical Diversity

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Algae, Fungi and Plants Division

Summary

My research integrates expertise in bryophyte systematics, evolution, anatomy and in-vitro culturing to tackle major questions on the origin and evolution of key innovations of land plants including stomata, cuticles, desiccation-tolerance and fungal symbioses.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2006

Employment history

Academic

Researcher in Botanical Diversity, The Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - ongoing

Early Career Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2009

Grants

Cryptogamic diversity, biology and conservation on South Atlantic Islands
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £42,709.62 (to Museum £42,709.62)
Dates: 2015 - 2016

Sratching the surface: A Morphological Framework To Understanding Cuticle Origin and Evolution
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Duckett J
Funding: SYNTAX
Total value £5,629.13 (to Museum £5,629.13)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Origin and co-evolution of land plant-fungal symbioses through the "greening of the Earth"
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £62,579 (to Museum £62,579)
Dates: 2012 - 2014

Shifting Symbiotic Scenarios at the Dawn of Land-Plant-Fungus Associations
Role: Principal investigatorField K
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £420,292 (to Museum £138,535.51)
Dates: 2016 - 2019

The Origin of Plants: Genomes, rocks, and biogeochemical cycles.
Role: Principal investigatorSchneider H
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £293,354 (to Museum £210,919.17)
Dates: 2016 - 2018

Fieldwork

Iceland
2014 - 2014.

Editorships

Editor, Annals of Botany, Oxford University Press, 2014 - on going.

Events

Workshop Attendance

Oral presentation, Organiser, Session chair, Workshop, 10th New Phytologist Workshop: Origins and evolution of plants and their interactions with fungi., (Workshop), 2014 - 2014.

Publications

Renzaglia KS, Crandall-stotler B, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Schuette S, Strother PK (2015) Permanent spore dyads are not ‘a thing of the past’: on their occurrence in the liverwort H aplomitrium (Haplomitriopsida). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 179 (4) : 658 - 669. doi: 10.1111/boj.12343

Kowal J, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Bidartondo MI (2016) Liverworts to the rescue: an investigation of their efficacy as mycorrhizal inoculum for vascular plants. Functional Ecology, 30 (6) : 1014 - 1023. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12580

Field KJ, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Rimington WR, Bidartondo MI (2015) Symbiotic options for the conquest of land.. Trends in ecology & evolution, 30 (8) : 477 - 486. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.05.007

Field KJ, Duckett JG, Cameron DD, Pressel S (2015) Stomatal density and aperture in non-vascular land plants are non-responsive to above-ambient atmospheric CO2 concentrations. ANNALS OF BOTANY, 115 (6) : 915 - 922. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcv021

Field KJ, Rimington WR, Bidartondo MI, Allinson KE, Beerling DJ, Cameron DD, Duckett JG, Leake JR, Pressel S (2015) First evidence of mutualism between ancient plant lineages (Haplomitriopsida liverworts) and Mucoromycotina fungi and its response to simulated Palaeozoic changes in atmospheric CO2. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 205 (2) : 743 - 756. doi: 10.1111/nph.13024

Rimington WR, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Bidartondo MI (2015) Fungal associations of basal vascular plants: reopening a closed book?. New Phytologist, 205 (4) : 1394 - 1398. doi: 10.1111/nph.13221

Ares A, Duckett JG, Pressel S (2014) Asexual reproduction and protonemal development in vitro in Fontinalis antipyretica Hedw.. Journal of Bryology, 36 (2) : 122 - 133. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000099

Pressel S, Goral T, Duckett JG (2014) Stomatal differentiation and abnormal stomata in hornworts. Journal of Bryology, 36 (2) : 87 - 103. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000103

Strullu-derrien C, Kenrick P, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Rioult J-P, Strullu D-G (2014) Fungal associations in Horneophyton ligneri from the Rhynie Chert (c. 407 million year old) closely resemble those in extant lower land plants: novel insights into ancestral plant-fungus symbioses. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 203 (3) : 964 - 979. doi: 10.1111/nph.12805

Duckett JG, Ligrone R, Renzaglia KS, Pressel S (2014) Pegged and smooth rhizoids in complex thalloid liverworts (Marchantiopsida): structure, function and evolution. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174 (1) : 68 - 92. doi: 10.1111/boj.12121

Barclay RS, Mcelwain JC, Duckett JG, Van EsMH, Mostaert AS, Pressel S, Sageman BB (2013) New methods reveal oldest known fossil epiphyllous moss: Bryiidites utahensis gen. et sp. nov. (Bryidae). American Journal of Botany, 100 (12) : 2450 - 2457. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1300209

Desiro A, Duckett JG, Pressel S, Villarreal JC, Bidartondo MI (2013) Fungal symbioses in hornworts: a chequered history. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1759) : 20130207 - 20130207. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0207

Porley RD, Pressel S (2012) Grimmia fuscolutea with gemmae and observations on other propaguliferous Grimmia.. Polish Botanical Journal, 57 : 295 - 315.

Pressel S (null) British Bryological Society Survey of Reproductive Phenology of Common British Bryophyte. http://rbgweb2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Activities/Phenology/Phenology%20Project.htm. :

Rowntree JK, Pressel S, Ramsay MM, Sabovljevic A, Sabovljevic M (2011) In vitro conservation of European bryophytes. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant, 47 (1) : 55 - 64. doi: 10.1007/s11627-010-9326-3

Pressel S, Duckett JG (2011) Bryophyte surfaces; New functional perspective from cryo-scanning electron microscopy. Field Bryology, 104 : 50 - 53.

Pressel S, P’ng KYM, Duckett JG (2011) An ultrastructural study of the unique surface ornamentation in the liverwort Mizutania riccardioides Furuke et Iwatsuki. Bryologist, 114 : 38 - 51.

Hooper EJ, Duckett JG, Cuming AC, Kunin WE, Pressel S (2010) Ephemerella readeri Müll. Hal. ( Physcomitrella readeri (Müll. Hal.) I.G. Stone & G.A.M. Scott, Funariidae, Bryophyta): a genus and species new to Europe. Journal of Bryology, 32 (4) : 256 - 264. doi: 10.1179/037366810X12814321877589

Pressel S, Bidartondo MI, Ligrone R, Duckett JG (2010) Fungal symbioses in bryophytes: New insights in the Twenty First Century. PHYTOTAXA, 9 : 238 - 253.

Bates J, Pressel S (2010) Ecology Matters. Field Bryology, 102 : 47 - 49.

Duckett JG, P’ng KMY, Renzaglia KS, Pressel S (2010) The function and evolution of stomata in bryophytes. Field Bryology, 101 : 38 - 40.

Duckett JG, Pressel S (2010) London’s changing bryophyte flora. The London Naturalist, 89 : 101-116 (the article first appeared in Field Bryology 98 - 2009).

Duckett JG, Pressel S, P’ng KMY, Renzaglia KS (2010) The Sphagnum air-gun mechanism resurrected? Not with a closer look. Commentary on “The Sphagnum air-gun mechanism resurrected” by Sundberg. New Phytologist (Letter), 185 : 886 - 889.

Pressel S, P'ng KMY, Duckett JG (2010) A cryo-scanning electron microscope study of the water relations of the remarkable cell wall in the moss Rhacocarpus purpurascens (Rhacocarpaceae, Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia, 91 (3) : 289 - 299. doi: 10.1127/0029-5035/2010/0091-0289

Pressel S (2010) Tetraplodon mnioides (Black fruited stink moss). http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/evolution/tetraplodon-mnioides/index.html :

Pressel S (2010) EBESCONet - European Bryophyte Ex situ conservation Network. http://www.ebesconet.org/ :

Pressel S, Duckett JG (2010) Cytological insights into the desiccation biology of a model system: moss protonemata. New Phytologist (Letter), 185 : 944 - 963.

Pressel S, P’ng KMY, Duckett JG (2010) Cryo-scanning electron microscope study of the water relations of the remarkable cell wall in the moss Rhacocarpus. Nova Hedwigia, 91 : 289 - 299.

Courses taught

Postgraduate: Taxonomic Principles and Tools in Botanical Research

3/2017.

Postgraduate: Taxonomic Principles and Tools in Botanical Research
3/2015.

Awards

The Elisabeth Hocart Prize in botany,

The Irene Manton Prize,

The Trail Crisp Award,

Introduction

Summary

My research integrates expertise in bryophyte systematics, evolution, anatomy and in-vitro culturing to tackle major questions on the origin and evolution of key innovations of land plants including stomata, cuticles, desiccation-tolerance and fungal symbioses.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2006

Employment history

Academic

Researcher in Botanical Diversity, The Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - ongoing

Early Career Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2009

Projects

Grants

Cryptogamic diversity, biology and conservation on South Atlantic Islands
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £42,709.62 (to Museum £42,709.62)
Dates: 2015 - 2016

Sratching the surface: A Morphological Framework To Understanding Cuticle Origin and Evolution
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Duckett J
Funding: SYNTAX
Total value £5,629.13 (to Museum £5,629.13)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Origin and co-evolution of land plant-fungal symbioses through the "greening of the Earth"
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £62,579 (to Museum £62,579)
Dates: 2012 - 2014

Shifting Symbiotic Scenarios at the Dawn of Land-Plant-Fungus Associations
Role: Principal investigatorField K
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £420,292 (to Museum £138,535.51)
Dates: 2016 - 2019

The Origin of Plants: Genomes, rocks, and biogeochemical cycles.
Role: Principal investigatorSchneider H
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £293,354 (to Museum £210,919.17)
Dates: 2016 - 2018

Fieldwork

Iceland
2014 - 2014.

Professional activities

Editorships

Editor, Annals of Botany, Oxford University Press, 2014 - on going.

Events

Workshop Attendance

Oral presentation, Organiser, Session chair, Workshop, 10th New Phytologist Workshop: Origins and evolution of plants and their interactions with fungi., (Workshop), 2014 - 2014.

Publications

Publications

Renzaglia KS, Crandall-stotler B, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Schuette S, Strother PK (2015) Permanent spore dyads are not ‘a thing of the past’: on their occurrence in the liverwort H aplomitrium (Haplomitriopsida). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 179 (4) : 658 - 669. doi: 10.1111/boj.12343

Kowal J, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Bidartondo MI (2016) Liverworts to the rescue: an investigation of their efficacy as mycorrhizal inoculum for vascular plants. Functional Ecology, 30 (6) : 1014 - 1023. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12580

Field KJ, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Rimington WR, Bidartondo MI (2015) Symbiotic options for the conquest of land.. Trends in ecology & evolution, 30 (8) : 477 - 486. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.05.007

Field KJ, Duckett JG, Cameron DD, Pressel S (2015) Stomatal density and aperture in non-vascular land plants are non-responsive to above-ambient atmospheric CO2 concentrations. ANNALS OF BOTANY, 115 (6) : 915 - 922. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcv021

Field KJ, Rimington WR, Bidartondo MI, Allinson KE, Beerling DJ, Cameron DD, Duckett JG, Leake JR, Pressel S (2015) First evidence of mutualism between ancient plant lineages (Haplomitriopsida liverworts) and Mucoromycotina fungi and its response to simulated Palaeozoic changes in atmospheric CO2. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 205 (2) : 743 - 756. doi: 10.1111/nph.13024

Rimington WR, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Bidartondo MI (2015) Fungal associations of basal vascular plants: reopening a closed book?. New Phytologist, 205 (4) : 1394 - 1398. doi: 10.1111/nph.13221

Ares A, Duckett JG, Pressel S (2014) Asexual reproduction and protonemal development in vitro in Fontinalis antipyretica Hedw.. Journal of Bryology, 36 (2) : 122 - 133. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000099

Pressel S, Goral T, Duckett JG (2014) Stomatal differentiation and abnormal stomata in hornworts. Journal of Bryology, 36 (2) : 87 - 103. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000103

Strullu-derrien C, Kenrick P, Pressel S, Duckett JG, Rioult J-P, Strullu D-G (2014) Fungal associations in Horneophyton ligneri from the Rhynie Chert (c. 407 million year old) closely resemble those in extant lower land plants: novel insights into ancestral plant-fungus symbioses. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 203 (3) : 964 - 979. doi: 10.1111/nph.12805

Duckett JG, Ligrone R, Renzaglia KS, Pressel S (2014) Pegged and smooth rhizoids in complex thalloid liverworts (Marchantiopsida): structure, function and evolution. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174 (1) : 68 - 92. doi: 10.1111/boj.12121

Barclay RS, Mcelwain JC, Duckett JG, Van EsMH, Mostaert AS, Pressel S, Sageman BB (2013) New methods reveal oldest known fossil epiphyllous moss: Bryiidites utahensis gen. et sp. nov. (Bryidae). American Journal of Botany, 100 (12) : 2450 - 2457. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1300209

Desiro A, Duckett JG, Pressel S, Villarreal JC, Bidartondo MI (2013) Fungal symbioses in hornworts: a chequered history. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1759) : 20130207 - 20130207. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0207

Porley RD, Pressel S (2012) Grimmia fuscolutea with gemmae and observations on other propaguliferous Grimmia.. Polish Botanical Journal, 57 : 295 - 315.

Pressel S (null) British Bryological Society Survey of Reproductive Phenology of Common British Bryophyte. http://rbgweb2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Activities/Phenology/Phenology%20Project.htm. :

Rowntree JK, Pressel S, Ramsay MM, Sabovljevic A, Sabovljevic M (2011) In vitro conservation of European bryophytes. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant, 47 (1) : 55 - 64. doi: 10.1007/s11627-010-9326-3

Pressel S, Duckett JG (2011) Bryophyte surfaces; New functional perspective from cryo-scanning electron microscopy. Field Bryology, 104 : 50 - 53.

Pressel S, P’ng KYM, Duckett JG (2011) An ultrastructural study of the unique surface ornamentation in the liverwort Mizutania riccardioides Furuke et Iwatsuki. Bryologist, 114 : 38 - 51.

Hooper EJ, Duckett JG, Cuming AC, Kunin WE, Pressel S (2010) Ephemerella readeri Müll. Hal. ( Physcomitrella readeri (Müll. Hal.) I.G. Stone & G.A.M. Scott, Funariidae, Bryophyta): a genus and species new to Europe. Journal of Bryology, 32 (4) : 256 - 264. doi: 10.1179/037366810X12814321877589

Pressel S, Bidartondo MI, Ligrone R, Duckett JG (2010) Fungal symbioses in bryophytes: New insights in the Twenty First Century. PHYTOTAXA, 9 : 238 - 253.

Bates J, Pressel S (2010) Ecology Matters. Field Bryology, 102 : 47 - 49.

Duckett JG, P’ng KMY, Renzaglia KS, Pressel S (2010) The function and evolution of stomata in bryophytes. Field Bryology, 101 : 38 - 40.

Duckett JG, Pressel S (2010) London’s changing bryophyte flora. The London Naturalist, 89 : 101-116 (the article first appeared in Field Bryology 98 - 2009).

Duckett JG, Pressel S, P’ng KMY, Renzaglia KS (2010) The Sphagnum air-gun mechanism resurrected? Not with a closer look. Commentary on “The Sphagnum air-gun mechanism resurrected” by Sundberg. New Phytologist (Letter), 185 : 886 - 889.

Pressel S, P'ng KMY, Duckett JG (2010) A cryo-scanning electron microscope study of the water relations of the remarkable cell wall in the moss Rhacocarpus purpurascens (Rhacocarpaceae, Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia, 91 (3) : 289 - 299. doi: 10.1127/0029-5035/2010/0091-0289

Pressel S (2010) Tetraplodon mnioides (Black fruited stink moss). http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/evolution/tetraplodon-mnioides/index.html :

Pressel S (2010) EBESCONet - European Bryophyte Ex situ conservation Network. http://www.ebesconet.org/ :

Pressel S, Duckett JG (2010) Cytological insights into the desiccation biology of a model system: moss protonemata. New Phytologist (Letter), 185 : 944 - 963.

Pressel S, P’ng KMY, Duckett JG (2010) Cryo-scanning electron microscope study of the water relations of the remarkable cell wall in the moss Rhacocarpus. Nova Hedwigia, 91 : 289 - 299.

Teaching and students

Courses taught

Postgraduate: Taxonomic Principles and Tools in Botanical Research

3/2017.

Postgraduate: Taxonomic Principles and Tools in Botanical Research
3/2015.

Impact and outreach

Awards

The Elisabeth Hocart Prize in botany,

The Irene Manton Prize,

The Trail Crisp Award,