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Paul M. Peterson

Paul M. Peterson

Research Botanist & Curator

Phone: 202-633-0975
Fax: 202-786-2563
E-mail Address: PETERSON@si.edu

Postal Address
(Mail and Packages):

MRC-166/Botany
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


Education
     Ph.D. Botany, 1988, Washington State University, Pullman, WA$M.S. Biology, 1984, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV$B.A. Botany, 1977, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Research Interests
     I am most interested in species and generic relationships, and biogeographical patterns in the grasses (Poaceae). My specialty is biosystematic studies of the grasses using a multitude of techniques ranging from in depth morphological, anatomical, cytological, micromorphological, molecular, cladistic, and population based genetic studies using soluble enzymes. I have completed revisionary studies in large grass genera, such as: Eragrostis, Muhlenbergia, and Sporobolus, all important forage grasses. I serve as editor of our department's periodical, Contributions from the United States National Herbarium.

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Liu, Qing, Lin, Lei, Zhou, Xiangying, Peterson, Paul M. and Wen, Jun 2017. Unraveling the evolutionary dynamics of ancient and recent polypoidization events in Avena (Poaceae). Scientific Reports, 7 doi:10.1038/srep41944

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Arrieta, Yolanda Herrera and Saarela, Jeffery M. 2017. A molecular phylogeny of the subtribe Sporobolinae and a classification of the subfamily Chloridoideae (Poaceae). Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, 118: 127-151. doi:10.21135/893275341.003

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Herrera Arrieta, Yolanda 2017. Four new subtribes: Allolepiinae, Jouveinae, Kaliniinae, and Sohnsiinae in the Cynodonteae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae). Phytoneuron, 2017-44: 1-9.

Soreng, Robert John, Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Davidse, Gerrit, Teisher, Jordan K., Clark, Lynn G., Barberá, Patricia, Gillespie, Lynn J. and Zuloaga, Fernando O. 2017. A worldwide phylogenetic classification of the Poaceae (Gramineae) II: An update and a comparison of two 2015 classifications: Phylogenetic classification of the grasses II. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 55(4): 259-290. doi:10.1111/jse.12262

Ibrahim, Kamal M., Hosni, Hasnaa A. and Peterson, Paul M. 2016. Grasses of Egypt. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 103: 1-201. doi:10.5479/si.19382812.103

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Herrera Arrieta, Yolanda 2016. A molecular phylogeny and classification of the Cynodonteae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae) with four new genera: Orthacanthus, Triplasiella, Tripogonella, and Zaqiqah; three new subtribes: Dactylocteniinae, Orininae, and Zaqiqahinae; and a subgeneric classification of Distichlis. Taxon, 65(6): 1263-1287. doi:10.12705/656.4

Peterson, Paul M. and Soreng, Robert John 2016. A revision of Poa subsection Aphanelytrum (Poaceae, Pooideae, Poaeae, Poinae); and a new species, Poa auriculata. PhytoKeys, 63: 107-125. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.63.8198

Sylvester, Steven P., Soreng, Robert John, Peterson, Paul M. and Sylvester, Mitsy D. P. V. 2016. An updated checklist and key to the open-panicled species of Poa L. (Poaceae) in Peru including three new species, Poa ramoniana, Poa tayacajaensis, and Poa urubambensis. PhytoKeys, 65: 57-90. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.65.7024

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Arrieta, Yolanda Herrera 2015. A molecular phylogeny and classification of the Eleusininae with a new genus, Micrachne (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae). Taxon, 64(3): 445-467. doi:10.12705/643.5

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Herrera Arrieta, Yolanda 2015. Phylogeny and subgeneric classification of Bouteloua with a new species, B. herrera-arrietae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae: Boutelouinae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 53(4): 351-366. doi:10.1111/jse.12159

Peterson, Paul M., Saarela, Jeffery M. and Romaschenko, Konstantin 2015. New combinations in Sporobolus (Poaceae: Chloridoideae). Phytoneuron, 2015(20): 1-2.

Reid, C., Rosen, D. J., Carter, R. and Peterson, Paul M. 2015. Eragrostis plana (Poaceae) new to Texas. Phytoneuron, 2015-5: 1-3.

Soreng, Robert John, Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Davidse, Gerrit, Zuloaga, Fernando O., Judziewicz, Emmet J., Filgueiras, Tarciso S., Davis, Jerrold I. and Morrone, Osvaldo 2015. A worldwide phylogenetic classification of the Poaceae (Gramineae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 53(2): 117-137. doi:10.1111/jse.12150

Cialdella, Ana M., Sede, Silvana M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Peterson, Paul M., Soreng, Robert John, Zuloaga, Fernando O. and Morrone, O. 2014. Phylogeny of Nassella (Stipeae, Pooideae, Poaceae) based on analyses of chloroplast and nuclear ribosomal DNA and morphology. Systematic Botany, 39(3): 814-828. doi:10.1600/036364414X681419

Ibrahim, Kamal M. and Peterson, Paul M. 2014. Grasses of Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 99: 1-128. doi:10.5479/si.19382812.99

Liu, Q., Liu, H., Wen, Jun and Peterson, Paul M. 2014. Infrageneric phylogeny and temporal divergence of Sorghum (Andropogoneae, Poaceae) based on low-copy nuclear and plastid sequences. PLoS ONE, 9(8): 1-14. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104933

Liu, Qing, Jiang, Bin, Wen, Jun and Peterson, Paul M. 2014. Low-copy nuclear gene and McGISH resolves polyploid history of Eleusine coracana and morphological character evolution in Eleusine. Turkish Journal of Botany, 38: 1-12. doi:10.3906/bot-1305-12

Peterson, Paul M.. Muhlenbergia Muhly. In: B.G. Baldwin, D.J. Keil, S. Markos, B.D. Mishler, R. Patterson, T.J. Rosatti, and D.H. Wilken (eds.). Jepson Flora Project: Jepson eFlora. 2014.

Peterson, Paul M. and Harvey, Michael J. 2014. Agrostis Bent Grass. In: Baldwin, B. G., Keil, D. J., Markos, S., Mishler, B. D., Patterson, R., Rosatti, T. J. and Wilken, D. H., Jepson Flora Project: Jepson eFlora. pp.

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Herrera Arrieta, Y. and Saarela, J. M. 2014. A molecular phylogeny and new subgeneric classification of Sporobolus (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Sporobolinae). Taxon, 63(6): 1212-1243. doi:10.12705/636.19

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Herrera Arrieta, Yolanda 2014. A molecular phylogeny and classification of the Cteniinae, Farragininae, Gouiniinae, Gymnopogoninae, Perotidinae, and Trichoneurinae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae). Taxon, 63(2): 275-286. doi:10.12705/632.35

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin, Herrera Arrieta, Yolanda and Saarela, Jeffery M. 2014. (2332) Proposal to conserve the name Sporobolus against Spartina, Crypsis, Ponceletia, and Heleochloa (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Sporobolinae). Taxon, 63(6): 1373-1374. doi:10.12705/636.23

Peterson, Paul M., Romaschenko, Konstantin and Soreng, Robert John 2014. A laboratory guide for generating DNA barcodes in grasses: a case study of Leptochloa s.l. (Poaceae: Chloridoideae). Webbia, 69(1): 1-12. doi:10.1080/00837792.2014.927555

Peterson, Paul M., Saarela, J. M. and Greene, C. W.. Calamagrostis Reed Grass. In: B.G. Baldwin, D.J. Keil, S. Markos, B.D. Mishler, R. Patterson, T.J. Rosatti, and D.H. Wilken (eds.). Jepson Flora Project: Jepson eFlora. 2014.

Romaschenko, Konstantin, Garcia-Jacas, Nuria, Peterson, Paul M., Soreng, Robert John, Vilatersana, Roser and Susanna, Alfonso 2014. Miocene–Pliocene speciation, introgression, and migration of Patis and Ptilagrostis (Poaceae: Stipeae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70: 244-259. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.09.018

Saarela, J. M. and Peterson, Paul M.. Bromus Brome, Chess. In: B.G. Baldwin, D.J. Keil, S. Markos, B.D. Mishler, R. Patterson, T.J. Rosatti, and D.H. Wilken (eds.). Jepson Flora Project: Jepson eFlora. 2014.

Saarela, J. M., Peterson, Paul M. and Valdes-Reyna, J. 2014. A taxonomic revision of Bromus (Poaceae: Pooideae: Bromeae) in Mexico and Central America. Phytotaxa, 185(1): 1-147. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.185.1.1

Herrera, Yolanda and Peterson, Paul M. 2013. Poaceae. In: Lot, A., Medina Lemos, R. and Chiang, F., Plantas acuáticas mexicanas: una contribucion a la flora de México. México, D.F.: Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, pp.255-305.

Peterson, Paul M. 2013. Poaceae (Gramineae). eLS, doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0003689.pub2

Snow, Neil, Peterson, Paul M. and Romaschenko, Konstantin 2013. Systematics of Disakisperma (Poaceae, Chloridoideae, Chlorideae). PhytoKeys, 26: 21-70. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.26.5649

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