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Vicki Funk

Tibet, September 2006 (photo by D. Bell)

Vicki Funk

Senior Research Botanist & Curator

Phone: 202-633-0950
Fax: 202-786-2563
E-mail Address:

Postal Address
(Mail and Packages):

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

     B. S., Murray State University, Biology and History, 1969, Murray State University, Murray, KY
     M. S., Murray State University, Biology, 1975. Thesis: A Floristic and Geologic Survey of Selected Seeps of Calloway County, KY.
     Ph. D., Ohio State University, 1980. Thesis: The Systematics of Montanoa Cerv. (Asteraceae).
     Postdoctoral Intern at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 1981.

Research Interests
     Systematics of the Compositae, including monographs, checklists, phylogenies and supertrees; theory and practice of phylogenetics and biogeography, especially global Compositae distributions and Pacific Biogeography; Biodiversity, the interface between systematics and conservation biology, especially from northeastern South America

Field Work
     Over 12,000 numbers collected primarily, Mexico, Andean South America, and South Africa.

Complete CV

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Funk, Vicki A. and Robinson, Harold E. 2017. Nine species from Madagasacar are moved from Vernonia to Distephanus (Compositae, Vernonieaea). Phytokeys, 77: 89-92. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.77.11727

Sidlauskas, Brian L., Ferraris, Carl, Funk, Vicki, Parenti, Lynne R., de Pinna, Mario and Reid, Gordon McGregor 2017. In Memoriam: Richard Peter Vari (August 24, 1949-January 15, 2016). Copeia, 105(1): 147-160. doi:10.1643/CI-16-550

Zhang, Ning, Erickson, David L., Ramachandran, Padmini, Ottesen, Andrea R., Timme, Ruth E., Funk, Vicki A., Luo, Yan and Handy, Sara M. 2017. An analysis of Echinacea chloroplast genomes: Implications for future botanical identification. Scientific Reports, 7(1): 216 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00321-6

Funk, Vicki A. and Hind, D. J. N. 2016. Typification of species names in Adenocaulon and Eriachaenium (Compositae/Asteraceae, Subfamily Mutisioideae, Tribe Mutisieae, Subtribe Adenocaulinae). PhytoKeys, 69: 121-128. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.69.9779

Funk, Vicki A., Pasini, Eduardo, Bonifacino, J. M. and Katinas, Liliana 2016. Home at last: the enigmatic genera Eriachaenium and Adenocaulon (Compositae, Mutisioideae, Mutisieae, Adenocaulinae). PhytoKeys, 60: 1-19. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.60.6795

Gostel, Morgan R., Kelloff, Carol, Wallick, Kyle and Funk, Vicki A. 2016. A workflow to preserve genome-quality tissue samples from plants in botanical gardens and arboreta. Applications in Plant Sciences, 4(9) doi:10.3732/apps.1600039

Henkel, Terry W., Kelloff, Carol L., Alexander, Sara N. and Funk, Vicki A. 2016. Smithsonian Plant Collections, Guyana: 1992–2014, Terry W. Henkel. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 104: vi-206. doi:10.5479/si.1938-2812.104

Katinas, Liliana, Hernández, Marcelo P., Arambarri, Ana M. and Funk, Vicki A. 2016. The origin of the bifurcating style in Asteraceae (Compositae). Annals of Botany, 117(6): 1009-1021. doi:10.1093/aob/mcw033

Nie, Ze-Long, Funk, Vicki A., Meng, Ying, Deng, Tao, Sun, Hang and Wen, Jun 2016. Recent assembly of the global herbaceous flora: evidence from the paper daisies (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Phytologist, 209(4): 1795-1806. doi:10.1111/nph.13740

Pasini, Eduardo, Funk, Vicki A., de Souza-Chies, Tatiana T. and Miotto, Silvia T. S. 2016. New insights into the phylogeny and biogeography of the Gerbera-Complex (Asteraceae: Mutisieae). Taxon, 65(3): 547-562. doi:10.12705/653.7

Robinson, Harold E., Skvarla, John J. and Funk, Vicki A. 2016. Vernonieae (Asteraceae) of southern Africa: A generic disposition of the species and a study of their pollen. Phytokeys, 60: 49-126. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.60.6734

Seberg, O., Droege, G., Barker, K., Coddington, Jonathan A., Funk, Vicki A., Gostel, M., Petersen, G. and Smith, P. P. 2016. Global Genome Biodiversity Network: saving a blueprint of the Tree of Life – a botanical perspective. Annals of Botany, 118(3): 393-399. doi:10.1093/aob/mcw121

Wen, Jun, Ickert-Bond, Stefanie, Appelhans, Marc S., Dorr, Laurence J. and Funk, Vicki A. 2015. Collections-based systematics: opportunities and outlook for 2050. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 53(6): 477-488. doi:10.1111/jse.12181

Alexander, Sara N., Hoffman, Bruce, Kelloff, Carol L. and Funk, Vicki A. 2014. Smithsonian Plant Collections, the Guianas: 1991-1993 and 1995-2000, Bruce Hoffman. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 101: 1-188. doi:10.5479/si.19382812.101

Funk, Vicki A., Sancho, Gisela, Roque, Nadia, Kelloff, Carol L., Ventosa-Rodriguez, Iralys, Diazgranados, Mauricio, Bonifacino, J. Mauricio and Chan, Raymund 2014. A phylogeny of the Gochnatieae: Understanding a critically placed tribe in the Compositae. Taxon, 63(4): 859-882.

Funk, Vicki A. and Wood, Kenneth R. 2014. Bidensmeyeri (Asteraceae, Coreopsideae): a new critically endangered species from Rapa, Austral Islands. PhytoKeys, 42: 39-47. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.42.8408

Mandel, Jennifer R., Dikow, Rebecca B., Funk, Vicki A., Masalia, Rishi R., Staton, S. Evan, Kozik, Alex, Michelmore, Richard W., Rieseberg, Loren H. and Burke, John M. 2014. A Target Enrichment Method for Gathering Phylogenetic Information from Hundreds of Loci: An Example from the Compositae. Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(2) doi:10.3732/apps.1300085

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki A. 2014. Dysaster cajamarcensis. a new shrubby genus and species of Astereae (Asteraceae) from Peru. PhytoKeys, 36: 35-40.

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki A. 2014. Gymnanthemum koekemoera (Compositae, Vernonieae), a new species from South Africa. Phytokeys, 36: 59-65. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.36.7386

Demissew, Sebsebe and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. Institutional Votes for the 2017 Nomenclature Section. Taxon, 62(3): 648-649. doi:10.12705/623.33

Diazgranados, Mauricio and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. Utility of QR codes in biological collections. Phytokeys, 25: 21-34. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.25.5175

Diazgranados, Mauricio and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. IAPT Participation at the VII Congreso Colombiano de Botánica. Taxon, 62(5): 1087-1089. doi:10.12705/625.38

Funk, Vicki A., Robinson, Harold E. and Tangerini, Alice 2013. Whatever happened to Bishopanthus (Compositae, Liabeae)?. PhytoKeys, 30: 65-73. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.30.6652

Roque, Nádia and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. Morphological characters add support for some members of the basal grade of Asteraceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 171(3): 568-586. doi:10.1111/boj.12000

Sancho, Gisela, Funk, Vicki A. and Roque, Nádia 2013. Moquiniastrum (Gochnatieae, Asteraceae): disentangling the paraphyletic Gochnatia. Phytotaxa, 147(1): 26-34. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.147.1.3

Stuessy, Tod F. and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. New trends in plant systematics—Introduction. Taxon, 62(5): 873-875. doi:10.12705/625.11

Tellería, María C., Sancho, Gisela, Funk, Vicki A., Ventosa, Iralys and Roque, Nadia 2013. Pollen morphology and its taxonomic significance in the tribe Gochnatieae (Compositae, Gochnatioideae). Plant Systematics and Evolution, 299(5): 935-948. doi:10.1007/s00606-013-0774-1

Wen, Jun, Ree, Richard H., Ickert-Bond, Stefanie, Nie, Zelong and Funk, Vicki A. 2013. Biogeography: Where do we go from here?. Taxon, 62(5): 912-927. doi:10.12705/625.15

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