Dr. Sandra Knapp


Sandy Knapp is a senior research botanist at the Natural History Museum in London whose specialty is taxonomy and evolution of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Served as President of the Linnean Society of London from 2018 to 2022 and from 2011 to 2023 as Vice-President and then Acting Past-President of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.


Sandy Knapp is botanist who is a specialist on the taxonomy and evolution of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and she has spent much time in the field collecting plants, mostly in South America. Her work in Solanaceae spans biodiversity from taxonomy to phylogenetics and evolution, with a focus on the wild relatives of important crops like tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants. She is actively involved in promoting the role of taxonomy and the importance of science for conservation and sustainable development worldwide.

Merit Researcher/Research Botanist. Algae, Fungi and Plants Division/Department of Life Sciences. Natural History Museum