Professor Toby Pennington
Professor of Tropical Plant Diversity and Biogeography


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I am a Professor of Physical Geography with specialisms in tropical plant diversity and biogeography. My research and teaching interests are broad, ranging from plant biogeography to palaeoecology to conservation. My background is in the tropics, especially Latin America, where I have worked for more than 20 years across 10 countries. In recent years most of my research has focused on biodiversity, biogeography and ecology of dry biomes in the tropics. Much of my work has had clear implications for conservation and livelihoods, and this continues in new projects with focus on agroforestry and ecosystem restoration in some of the world’s most threatened tropical forests.

I have recently (September 2017) joined the University of Exeter from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where I was Head of Tropical Diversity, responsible for a group of 30 including PhD students, associate researchers and eight core-funded PhD level scientific staff.

Broad research specialisms:

Plant biogeography, plant taxonomy and floristic inventory, phylogenetics, conservation


BA Botany (Oxford)
DPhil Botany (Oxford)

Contact details

Internal tel3342
Tel+44 (0) 1392 723342
AddressLaver Building
University of Exeter
North Park Road
Office hours

Thursday 2.30-3.30pm

Friday 2-3pm


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