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Kenneth Wurdack

Kenneth Wurdack

Research Botanist & Associate Curator

Phone: 202-633-0916
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

Research Interests
     Systematic biology: Systematics, phylogenetics, and biogeography of Euphorbiaceae s.l. and other Malpighiales; also Thymelaeaceae.
     Evolutionary biology: plant-insect interactions, especially pertaining to ants and myrmecophytic associations.
     Floristic work: neotropics, southeastern USA, Molecular biology: genome evolution especially in plant mitochondria; processes of molecular evolution.
     History of science: botanical exploration and natural history, especially pertaining to 19th century southeastern USA.

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Horn, James W., Xi, Zhenxiang, Riina, Ricarda, Peirson, Jess A., Yang, Ya, Dorsey, Brian L., Berry, Paul E., Davis, Charles C. and Wurdack, Kenneth J. 2014. Evolutionary bursts in Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) are linked with photosynthetic pathway. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 68(12): 3485-3504. doi:10.1111/evo.12534

Horn, James W., van Ee, Benjamin W., Morawetz, Jeffery J., Riina, Ricarda, Steinmann, Victor W., Berry, Paul E. and Wurdack, Kenneth J. 2012. Phylogenetics and the evolution of major structural characters in the giant genus Euphorbia L. (Euphorbiaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63(2): 305-326. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.12.022

Matamoro-Vidal, A., Furness, C. A., Gouyon, P. H., Wurdack, Kenneth J. and Albert, B. 2012. Evolutionary stasis in Euphorbiaceae pollen: selection and constraints. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25(6): 1077-1096. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02494.x

Xi, Zhenxiang, Bradley, Robert K., Wurdack, Kenneth J., Wong, K. M., Sugumaran, M., Bomblies, Kirsten, Rest, Joshua S. and Davis, Charles C. 2012. Horizontal transfer of expressed genes in a parasitic flowering plant. BMC Genomics, 13(3): S25-S30. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-227

Xi, Zhenxiang, Ruhfel, Brad R., Schaefer, Hanno, Amorim, André M., Sugumaran, M., Wurdack, Kenneth J., Endress, Peter K., Matthews, Merran L., Stevens, Peter F., Mathews, Sarah and Davis, Charles C. 2012. Phylogenomics and a posteriori data partitioning resolve the Cretaceous angiosperm radiation Malpighiales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(43): 17519-17524. doi:10.1073/pnas.1205818109

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