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Eric Schuettpelz

Eric Schuettpelz

Research Botanist & Assistant Curator

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

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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)

Huiet, Layne, Li, Fay-Wei, Kao, Tzu-Tong, Prado, Jefferson, Smith, Alan R., Schuettpelz, Eric and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2018. A worldwide phylogeny of Adiantum (Pteridaceae) reveals remarkable convergent evolution in leaf blade architecture. Taxon, 67(3): 488-502. doi:10.12705/673.3

Mahley, Jennifer N., Pittermann, Jarmila, Rowe, Nick, Baer, Alex, Watkins, James E., Schuettpelz, Eric, Wheeler, James K., Mehltreter, Klaus, Windham, Michael, Testo, Weston and Beck, James 2018. Geometry, Allometry and Biomechanics of Fern Leaf Petioles: Their Significance for the Evolution of Functional and Ecological Diversity Within the Pteridaceae. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9 doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.00197

Robison, Tanner A., Grusz, Amanda L., Wolf, Paul G., Mower, Jeffrey P., Fauskee, Blake D., Sosa, Karla and Schuettpelz, Eric 2018. Mobile elements shape plastome evolution in ferns. Genome Biology and Evolution, doi:10.1093/gbe/evy189

Schuettpelz, Eric, Rouhan, Germinal, Pryer, Kathleen M., Rothfels, Carl J., Prado, Jefferson, Sundue, Michael A., Windham, Michael D., Moran, Robbin C. and Smith, Alan R. 2018. Are there too many fern genera?. Taxon, 67(3): 473-480. doi:10.12705/673.1

Prado, Jefferson, Hirai, Regina Y. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2017. Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes concerning Ormopteris and Pellaea (Pteridaceae) in Brazil. Brittonia, 69(3): 313-315. doi:10.1007/s12228-017-9475-3

Schuettpelz, Eric, Frandsen, Paul, Dikow, Rebecca B., Brown, Abel, Orli, Sylvia, Peters, Melinda, Metallo, Adam, Funk, Vicki and Dorr, Laurence J. 2017. Applications of deep convolutional neural networks to digitized natural history collections. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5 doi:10.3897/BDJ.5.e21139

Zhang, Liang, Zhou, Xin-Mao, Chen, De-Kui, Schuettpelz, Eric, Knapp, Ralf, Thi Lu, Ngan, Tam Luong, Thien, Tri Dang, Minh, Duan, Yi-Fan, He, Hai, Gao, Xin-Fen and Zhang, Li-Bing 2017. A global phylogeny of the fern genus Tectaria (Tectariaceae: Polypodiales) based on plastid and nuclear markers identifies major evolutionary lineages and suggests repeated evolution of free venation from anastomosing venation. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 114: 295-333. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.05.020

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

Hirai, Regina Y., Schuettpelz, Eric, Huiet, Layne, Pryer, Kathleen M., Smith, Alan R. and Prado, Jefferson 2016. Phylogeny and relationships of the neotropical Adiantum raddianum group (Pteridaceae). Taxon, 65(6): 1225-1235. doi:10.12705/656.1

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

Krupnick, Gary A. and Schuettpelz, Eric 2015. Twelfth Symposium of the IOPB. Taxon, 64(6): 1356-1357. doi:10.12705/646.46

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

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