Dr. Kathryn Picard!

Sept. 8, 2017: Could anyone look happier!?
Congratulations to our very own KP (the other one…)!
And so very well-deserved!

Kathryn arrived at Duke with a bounty of competitive fellowships – and she garnered every top-notch award while she was here! And now she is Dr. Picard!  Kathryn is passionate about both teaching and research, and has excelled at both.The marine fungal critters that were the focus of her dissertation could not have had a stronger advocate! You GO, GIRL!

Picard, K.T. 2017. Next-Generation Approaches to Understanding the Diversity and Evolution of Marine Fungi. Ph.D. Dissertation, Duke University.

 

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Will Do Science for $$

Congratulations to our latest grant awardees!

To close out 2016, Tzu-Tong has received a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and Ariana got a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid. Many exciting fern stories coming your way soon from these two.

Congratulations again!

Oh Happy Day!

Tzu-Tong is now officially a PhD Candidate! Hooray! Congrats to “Stone”!, and looking forward to results from “Evolution and Function of Farina in Notholaenid Ferns”. Check out his awesome crown of N. standleyi!

Botany 2016 was a success!

 The Pryer lab made its presence felt at this year’s Botany conference, held in Savannah, GA. Below are a list of the talks presented by current and former members of the lab:

  • A case of mistaken identity revealed as a new species of Cheilanthes s.s.(Pteridaceae).

              Sosa, Karla; Windham, Michael D.; Huiet, Layne; Yatskievych, George A.; Pryer, Kathleen.

  • A small new genus uniting surprisingly disparate cheilanthoid ferns (Pteridaceae).

              Pryer, Kathleen; Windham, Michael D.; Huiet, Layne; Rothfels, Carl.

  • Toward a community-derived classification for lycopods and ferns.

              Schuettpelz, Eric; Schneider, Harald.

  • Next-generation polyploid phylogenetics: Low-cost, high-throughput resolution of hybrid polyploid complexes using PacBio and PURC.

              Rothfels, Carl; Pryer, Kathleen; Li, Fay-Wei.

  • Consistently inconsistent: Transcriptome data reveal widespread molecular evolutionary rate asymmetry in ferns.

              Grusz, Amanda; Schuettpelz, Eric.

  • Phase-Specific Gene Expression in the Homosporous Fern Polypodium amorphum.

              Sigel, Erin; Schuettpelz, Eric; Der, Joshua.

  • Insider trading: Understanding nutrient exchange in the Azolla-Nostoc symbiosis.

              Eily, Ariana; Li, Fay-Wei; Gile, Gillian; Pryer, Kathleen.

  • Fern genomes on the horizon.

             Li, Fay-Wei.

The Fern Bus continues to push the frontiers of fern knowledge forward!

Dr. Fay-Wei Li !! Congratulations!

On 1 April 2015, Fay-Wei defended his thesis

Seeing the Light: The Origin and Evolution of Plant Photoreceptors

and WOWED his Dissertation Committee: Kathleen M. Pryer, Chair, Meng Chen and Sönke Johnsen (Duke); Corbin Jones (UNC, Biology); Sarah Mathews (Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Australia).

Dr. Li is now working as a “double postdoc” at UC-Berkeley and Duke on fern genomics! Stay tuned…

His 3 dissertations chapters are already all published:

Li, F.-W., C.J. Rothfels, M. Melkonian, J.C. Villarreal, D.W. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, S. Mathews, and K.M. Pryer. 2015. The origin and evolution of phototropins. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: 637. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00637

Li, F.-W., M. Melkonian, C.J. Rothfels, J.C. Villareal, D.W. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, K.M. Pryer, and S. Mathews.  2015. Phytochrome diversity in green plants and the origin of canonical plant phytochromes. Nature Communications 6: 7852.

Li, F.-W., J.C. Villarreal, S. Kelly, C.J. Rothfels, M. Melkonian, E. Frangedakis, M. Ruhsam, E.M. Sigel, J.P. Der, J. Pittermann, D.O. Burge, L. Pokorny, A. Larsson, T. Chen, S. Weststrand, P. Thomas, E. Carpenter, Y. Zhang, Z. Tian, L. Chen, Z. Yan, Y. Zhu, X. Sun, J. Wang, D.W. Stevenson, B.J. Crandall-Stotler, A.J. Shaw, M.K. Deyholos, D.E. Soltis, S.W. Graham, M.D. Windham, J.A. Langdale, G. K.-S. Wong, S. Mathews, and K.M. Pryer. 2014. Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 111: 6672-6677.

 

Erin Sigel, New PhD!!!

Erin knocked it waaaay out of the park on July 11, 2014! Fantastic work Erin, and congratulations on your Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian!

Erin’s Dissertation: A Next-Generation Approach to Systematics in the Classic Reticulate Polypodium vulgare Species Complex (Polypodiaceae)