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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)

Nie, Ze-Long, Funk, Vicki A., Meng, Ying, Deng, Tao, Sun, Hang and Wen, Jun 2015. Recent assembly of the global herbaceous flora: evidence from the paper daisies (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Phytologist, doi:10.1111/nph.13740

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, 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. Gymnanthemum koekemoera (Compositae, Vernonieae), a new species from South Africa. Phytokeys, 36: 59-65. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.36.7386

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.

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

Bonifacino, José M. and Funk, Vicki A. 2012. Phylogenetics of the Chiliotrichum group (Compositae: Astereae): The story of the fascinating radiation in the paleate Astereae genera from southern South America. Taxon, 61(1): 180-196.

Funk, Vicki A. and Brouillet, Luc 2012. News from the International Compositae Alliance 2012 Meeting. Compositae Newsletter, 50: 9-10.

Funk, Vicki A., Kelloff, Carol and Chan, Raymund 2012. Phylogeny and biogeography of the tribe Liabeae (Compositae subfamily Cichorioideae). Taxon, 61(2): 437-455.

Funk, Vicki A. and Pelser, P. 2012. The Compositae Newsletter reaches its 50th volume and Professor Nordenstam steps down as Editor after 25 years. Compositae Newsletter, 50: 4-8.

Knope, Matthew L., Morden, Clifford W., Funk, Vicki A. and Fukami, Tadashi 2012. Area and the rapid radiation of Hawaiian Bidens (Asteraceae). Journal of Biogeography, 39(7): 1206-1216. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02687.x

Nie, Ze-Long, Funk, Vicki A., Sun, Hang, Deng, Tao, Meng, Ying and Wen, Jun 2012. Molecular phylogeny of Anaphalis (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae) with biogeographic implications in the Northern Hemisphere. Journal of Plant Research, 126(1): 17-32. doi:10.1007/s10265-012-0506-6

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki A. 2012. Cuatrecasanthus (Vernonieae, Compositae): A revision of a north-central Andean genus. Phytokeys, 14: 23-41.

Funk, Vicki A. and Koekemoer, Marinda 2011. A Monograph of the Small Tribe Platycarpheae (Compositae: Cichorioideae). Systematic Botany, 36(1): 191-208. doi:10.1600/036364411X553270

Funk, Vicki A. and Roque, Nádia 2011. The monotypic Andean genus Fulcaldea (Compositae, Barnadesioideae) gains a new species from northeastern Brazil. Taxon, 60(4): 1095-1103.

Keeley, Sterling and Funk, Vicki A. 2011. Origin and Evolution of Hawaiian Endemics: New Patterns Revealed by Molecular Phylogenetic Studies. In: Bramwell, David and Caujape-Castells, J., Biology of Island Floras. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Press, pp.57-88.

Kelloff, Carol L., Alexander, Sara N., Funk, Vicki A. and Clarke, H. David 2011. Smithsonian Plant Collections, Guyana: 1995–2004, H. David Clarke. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 97(97): 1-307. doi:10.5479/si.0081024X.97.1

Miller, James S., Funk, Vicki A., Wagner, Warren L., Barrie, Fred R., Hoch, Peter C. and Herendeen, Patrick 2011. Outcomes of the 2011 Botanical Nomenclature Section at the XVIII International Botanical Congress. PhytoKeys, 5: 1-3.

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki A. 2011. A new genus, Nothovernonia, from tropical Africa (Asteraceae or Compositae: Vernonieae). PhytoKeys, 3: 21-34.

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki A. 2011. Stephanbeckia plumosa (Liabeae: Compositae): A new genus and species from southern Bolivia. Brittonia, 63(1): 75-82. doi:10.1007/s12228-010-9136-2

Thiele, Kevin R., Funk, Vicki A., Iwatsuki, Kunio, Morat, Philippe, Peng, Ching-I, Raven, Peter H., Sarukhan, Jose and Seberg, Ole 2011. The controversy over the retypification of Acacia Mill. with an Australian type: A pragmatic view. Taxon, 60(1): 194-198.

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