Prof Kåre Bremer
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Organisation: Stockholm University


Kåre Bremer is a Professor of Systematic Botany. During the years 2004-2013 he was the President/Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University. He completed a PhD in Botany in 1976 at Stockholm University and from 1972 to 1980 he occupied various positions within Stockholm University's Department of Botany. From 1980 until 1989 he was Head Curator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Phanerogamic Botany, and then Professor of Systematic Botany at Uppsala University from 1989 to January 2004.


Bremer has had a number of commissions for example Secretary General for Natural and Engineering Sciences at the Swedish Research Council, Dean of Biology at Uppsala University, and Member of the European Union High Level Expert Group for benchmarking research policies, mapping of excellence, and networking research programs. Bremer is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Bremer was a member of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR), the Biology Committee (NFR-PuB) and he was the chairman of both the Botany group and the Publications Committee (NFR-PuP).


Bremer introduced and promoted cladistics in botany together with H.-E. Wanntorp. He worked on the phylogeny and classification of various groups of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) including extensive field work in South Africa. He worked on a group of palaeotropical rain forest trees (Memecylon, Melastomataceae) including extensive field work in tropical Asia and contributed a family treatment for Flora of Ceylon. He explored family interrelationships of asterid flowering plants (especially sunflower alliances of families) and participated in construction and coordination of a new System of flowering plants (the APG-system). He also developed new methods for estimating support in and dating of phylogenetic trees and for analysis of historical biogeography of flowering plants, in particular asterids and monocots.


Honours and awards 

Bremer was elected Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London 1998 and Corresponding Member of La Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales Buenos Aires 2009. He received the Linnaeus Prize 1999 from the Royal Physiographic Society, Lund.

Three species of flowering plants have been named after Bremer, Athanasia bremeri (South Africa), Memecylon bremeri (India) and Pseudoblepharispermum bremeri (Ethiopia).


International publications 2002-2012

Lundberg, J., and Bremer, K. 2003. A phylogenetic study of the order Asterales using one large morphological and three molecular data sets. International Journal of Plant Sciences 164: 553-578.

Bremer, K., Friis, E. M., and Bremer, B. 2004. Molecular phylogenetic dating of asterid flowering plants shows Early Cretaceous diversification. Systematic Biology 53: 496-505.

Janßen, T., and Bremer, K. 2004. The age of major monocot groups inferred from 800+ /rbc/L sequences. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 146: 385-398.

Sanderson, M. J., Thorne, J., Wikström, N., and Bremer, K. 2004. Molecular evidence on plant divergence times. American Journal of Botany 91: 1656-1665.

Anderson, C. L., Bremer, K., and Friis, E. M. 2005. Dating phylogenetically basal eudicots using /rbc/L sequences and multiple reference points. American Journal of Botany 92: 1737-1748.

Bremer, K., and Janßen, T. 2006. Gondwanan origin of major monocot groups inferred from dispersal-vicariance analysis. Aliso 22: 22-27.

Britton, T., Anderson, C. L., Jacquet, D., Lundqvist, S. and Bremer, K. 2007. Estimating divergence times in large phylogenetic trees. Systematic Biology 56:741-752.

The Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (Bremer, B., Bremer, K., Chase, M. W., Fay, M. F., Reveal, J. L., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Stevens, P. F., et al.) 2009. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161:105-121.

Barreda, V. D., Palazzesi, L., Tellería, M. C., Katinas, L., Crisci, J. V., Bremer, K., Passala, M. G., Corsolini, R., Rodríguez Brizuela, R. and Bechis, F. 2010. Eocene Patagonia fossils of the daisy family. Science 329:1621.

Barreda, V. D., Palazzesi, L., Katinas, L., Crisci, J. V., Tellería, M. C., Bremer, K., Passala, M. G., Bechis, F., and Corsolini, R. 2012. An extinct Eocene taxon of the daisy family (Asteraceae): evolutionary, ecological and biogeographical implications. Annals of Botany 109:127-134.

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