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Kenneth Wurdack

Kenneth Wurdack

Research Botanist & Associate Curator

Phone: 202-633-0916
Fax: 202-786-2563
E-mail Address: wurdackk@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


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., 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

Soltis, Douglas E., Smith, Stephen A., Cellinese, Nico, Wurdack, Kenneth J., Tank, David C., Brockington, Samuel F., Refulio-Rodriguez, Nancy F., Walker, Jay B., Moore, Michael J., Carlsward, Barbara S., Bell, Charles D., Latvis, Maribeth, Crawley, Sunny, Black, Chelsea, Diouf, Diaga, Xi, Zhenxiang, Rushworth, Catherine A., Gitzendanner, Matthew A., Sytsma, Kenneth J., Qiu, Yin-Long, Hilu, Khidir W., Davis, Charles C., Sanderson, Michael J., Beaman, Reed S., Olmstead, Richard G., et al 2011. Angiosperm phylogeny: 17 genes, 640 taxa. American Journal of Botany, 98(4): 704-730. doi:10.3732/ajb.1000404

Redden, Karen M., Herendeen, Patrick S., Wurdack, Kenneth J. and Bruneau, Anne 2010. Phylogenetic Relationships of the Northeastern South American Brownea Clade of Tribe Detarieae (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae) based on Morphology and Molecular Data. Systematic Botany, 35(3): 524-533. doi:10.1600/036364410792495863

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