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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)

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

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

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

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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