Physiological and biometrical plant ecology, including plant growth analysis, screening of plant attributes of ecological and evolutionary significance, plant growth in relation to climate change variables, multivariate syntheses within the framework of plant strategy theory, properties of high-level biological systems, hierarchy theory, game theory and expert systems, cellular automata modelling of herbaceous vegetation processes, functional types in global vegetation. There is a profile article here.
Rod is a former Editor and Chief Editor of Annals of Botany, and part of the organization since 1985. As Company Secretary and Treasurer he is its de facto CEO, responsible for the Company's Registered Office, including archiving, financial policy, payments policy, risk register, audit, banking, security, payments, receipts, VAT, meetings, paid and honorary staffing, statutory compliances. As a member of the Company's Executive, the Secretary/Treasurer is a Director of the Company and a Charitable Trustee. Like all Company Members, the Secretary/Treasurer oversees all aspects of the ownership, support and operation of the Company itself and of its five published titles Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS, in silico Plants, BotanyOne, and The Week in Botany. The Company Secretary and Treasurer deputizes for the Chairman when both the latter and the Vice-Chairman are unavailable.
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