La jefa 大老闆

Kathleen Pryer

Professor of Biology
Director of DUKE Herbarium
My research focuses on integrated molecular and morphological phylogenetic studies of land plant diversity and evolution; polyploidy and apomixis in ferns; reconciling molecular rate heterogeneity with life history patterns; strategic planning for collections-based institutes, especially herbaria

El otro jefe 另外一個大老闆

Michael Windham

Senior Research Scientist
Curator of Vascular 
Plants (DUKE)
I use cytogenetics to understand plant evolution.  My research focuses on many taxonomic groups, but especially ferns, and various genera of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), mostly Boechera 
and Draba.  Complex patterns of reticulate evolution revealed by chromosome work are resolved by also integrating information from morphology, molecular systematics and reproductive biology.

Los trabajadores 苦力 (grad students, postdocs, et al.)


Senior Research Scientist
Collections Manager of Vascular Plants (DUKE)
I am broadly interested in fern phylogenetics, with a focus on the adiantoid clade (Pteridaceae). In particular, I am obsessed with demonstrating the monophyly of Adiantum, and plumbing the complexities of cheilanthoid evolution. I also like Gilligan.

Ph.D. student

More coming soon…

Tzu-Tong Kao

Ph.D. candidate
I have broad interests in plant systematics, anatomy, and microscopy. My current research is focused on the function and evolution of “farina” (waxy flavonoid exudates on leaf surface) in the desiccation-tolerant fern clade notholaenids (Pteridaceae). Please also visit my website.

Karla Sosa

Ph.D. candidate
I am broadly interested in the Andes as a region, especially how diversification and evolution have occurred in the dry Inter-Andean valleys. I’m keen on understanding biogeographical patterns and the effects that varied reproductive strategies (polyploidy, apomixis, various levels of selfing) have had on diversification.  For more information, and for my past life, please visit my website.

Alumnos distinguidos 優秀的前夥伴

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Duke University


Duke PhD: 2012–2019


National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution


Duke PhD: 2009–2017

Fay-Wei Li

Assistant Professor
Boyce Thompson Institute

Duke PhD: 2010–2015
Duke Postdoc: 2015-2016


Assistant Professor
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Duke PhD: 2008–2014


Amanda Grusz

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota-Duluth

Duke PhD: 2007–2014


Carl Rothfels

Assistant Professor
University of California-Berkeley

Duke PhD: 2006–2012


Curator of Ferns
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution

Duke PhD: 2007
Duke Postdoc: 2007–2009

Assistant Professor
Witchita State University

Duke Postdoc: 2007–2010


Associate Professor
Towson University

Duke Postdoc: 2005

Maitre de conférences/Assistant professor
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Paris, France

Duke Postdoc: 2005–2007



Massey Herbarium
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Univ.

Duke Associate in Research: 2004–2007


Associate Curator
McAllister Chair of Botany
California Academy of Sciences

Duke Postdoc: 2003–2007


Associate Professor
Uppsala University

Duke Postdoc: 2004–2006


Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yunnan, China

Duke Postdoc: 2001
Field Museum Postdoc: 1999-2001