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Eric Schuettpelz

Eric Schuettpelz

Research Botanist & Assistant Curator

Phone: 202-633-0914
Fax: 202-786-2563
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Postal Address
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Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Courier Address:
National Museum of Natural History
West Loading Dock
10th and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0166

     Ph.D., Biology, Duke University, 2007
     M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2001
     B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1999

Areas of Specialty
     Fern systematics

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Chen, Cheng Wei, Schuettpelz, Eric, Lindsay, Stuart and Middleton, David J. 2016. Proposal to conserve the name Haplopteris against Monogramma (Pteridaceae). Taxon, 65(4): 884-885. doi:10.12705/654.19

Grusz, Amanda L., Rothfels, Carl J. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2016. Transcriptome sequencing reveals genome-wide variation in molecular evolutionary rate among ferns. BMC Genomics, 17(1): 692 doi:10.1186/s12864-016-3034-2

Haufler, Christopher H., Pryer, Kathleen M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Sessa, Emily B., Farrar, Donald R., Moran, Robbin, Schneller, J. Jakob, Watkins, James E., Jr. and Windham, Michael D. 2016. Sex and the Single Gametophyte: Revising the Homosporous Vascular Plant Life Cycle in Light of Contemporary Research. Bioscience, 66(11): 928-937. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw108

Pinson, Jerald B. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2016. Unraveling the origin of the Appalachian gametophyte, Vittaria appalachiana. American Journal of Botany, 103(4): 668-676. doi:10.3732/ajb.1500522

Pryer, Kathleen M., Huiet, Layne, Li, Fay-Wei, Rothfels, Carl J. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2016. Maidenhair Ferns, Adiantum, are Indeed Monophyletic and Sister to Shoestring Ferns, Vittarioids (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany, 41(1): 17-23. doi:10.1600/036364416X690660

Schneider, Harald and Schuettpelz, Eric 2016. Systematics and evolution of lycophytes and ferns. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 54(6): 561-562. doi:10.1111/jse.12231

Schuettpelz, Eric, Chen, Cheng-Wei, Kessler, Michael, Pinson, Jerald B., Johnson, Gabriel, Davila, Alex, Cochran, Alyssa T., Huiet, Layne and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2016. A revised generic classification of vittarioid ferns (Pteridaceae) based on molecular, micromorphological, and geographic data. Taxon, 65(4): 708-722. doi:10.12705/654.2

Schuettpelz, Eric, Schneider, Harald, Smith, Alan R., Hovenkamp, Peter, Prado, Jefferson, Rouhan, Germinal, Salino, Alexandre, Sundue, Michael, Almeida, Thais Elias, Parris, Barbara, Sessa, Emily B., Field, Ashley R., de Gasper, Andre Luis, Rothfels, Carl J., Windham, Michael D., Lehnert, Marcus, Dauphin, Benjamin, Ebihara, Atsushi, Lehtonen, Samuli, Schwartsburd, Pedro Bond, Metzgar, Jordan, Zhang, Li-Bing, Kuo, Li-Yaung, Brownsey, Patrick J., Kato, Masahiro, et al 2016. A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 54(6): 563-603. doi:10.1111/jse.12229

Zhang, Liang, Schuettpelz, Eric, Rothfels, Carl J., Zhou, Xin-Mao, Gao, Xin-Fen and Zhang, Li-Bing 2016. Circumscription and phylogeny of the fern family Tectariaceae based on plastid and nuclear markers, with the description of two new genera: Draconopteris and Malaifilix (Tectariaceae). Taxon, 65(4): 723-738. doi:10.12705/654.3

Pittermann, Jarmila, Watkins, James E., Cary, Katharine L., Schuettpelz, Eric, Brodersen, Craig, Smith, Alan R. and Baer, Alex 2015. The Structure and Function of Xylem in Seed-Free Vascular Plants: An Evolutionary Perspective. In: Hacke, Uwe, Functional and Ecological Xylem Anatomy. Springer International Publishing, pp.1-37.

Schuettpelz, Eric, Pryer, Kathleen M. and Windham, Michael D. 2015. A Unified Approach to Taxonomic Delimitation in the Fern Genus Pentagramma (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany, 40(3): 629-644. doi:10.1600/036364415X689366

Zhang, Liang, Rothfels, Carl J., Ebihara, Atsushi, Schuettpelz, Eric, Le Pechon, Timothee, Kamau, Peris, He, Hai, Zhou, Xin-Mao, Prado, Jefferson, Field, Ashley, Yatskievych, George, Gao, Xin-Fen and Zhang, Li-Bing 2015. A global plastid phylogeny of the brake fern genus Pteris (Pteridaceae) and related genera in the Pteridoideae. Cladistics, 31(4): 406-423.

Cochran, Alyssa, Prado, Jefferson and Schuettpelz, Eric 2014. Tryonia, a new taenitidoid fern genus segregated from Jamesonia and Eriosorus (Pteridaceae). Phytokeys, 35: 23-43. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.35.6886

Rothfels, Carl J. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2014. Accelerated Rate of Molecular Evolution for Vittarioid Ferns is Strong and Not Driven by Selection. Systematic Biology, 63(1): 31-54. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt058

Schuettpelz, Eric, Davila, Alex, Prado, Jefferson, Hirai, Regina Y. and Yatskievych, George 2014. Molecular phylogenetic and morphological affinities of Adiantum senae (Pteridaceae). Taxon, 63(2): 258-264. doi:10.12705/632.7

Prado, Jefferson, Schuettpelz, Eric, Hirai, Regina Y. and Smith, Alan R. 2013. Pellaea flavescens, a Brazilian endemic, is a synonym of Old World Pellaea viridis. American Fern Journal, 103(1): 21-26. doi:10.1640/0002-8444-103.1.21

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