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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

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