Director of Gothenburg Botanical Garden.
I have overall responsibility for maintaining and developing the garden, public activities, collections and research. I am also Professor of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.
I received my Ph. D. in Plant Systematics at Stockholm University in 1990. My thesis concerns South African Anthemideae (daisy plants) belonging to large plant family Asteraceae. I spent the following two years in the U.S., first at Louisiana State University and then at the Smithsonian Institution, and learned the emerging new techniques of retrieving information from DNA. Back in Sweden again, I started up the Molecular Systematics laboratory at the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. I continued to work for the Museum of Natural History until 2008, the last few years as Director of Science.
My research focuses mainly on phylogenetic studies using DNA information. I have also developed analytical methods for analyzing the rapidly increasing, huge amount of DNA data that are being produced. I have worked with a wide range of organisms, not only plants but also with various animals and fungi. These studies have ranged from genetic variation within species to phylogenetic studies of all living things. At present I am working on a study of the tribe Calenduleae of the Asteraceae family and a genetic study of the rare Taraxacum obtusilobum.
Since 2009 I am a member of one of the Swedish Research Councils panels for research infrastructures. I am also part of the Steering Group of the Swedish Taxonomic Initiative. I am a member of the Royal Institute of Science and Letters, in Gothenburg. Beginning in 2012, I represent the Swedish botanical gardens in the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). In late 2011 I was part of an international panel commissioned by the Academy of Finland to evaluate ecological and evolutionary research at Finnish universities and research institutions.