Kathleen M. Pryer

Professor of Biology

358 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338


  • Ph.D., Duke University 1995

  • M.S., University of Guelph (Canada) 1981

  • B.S., McGill University (Canada) 1976

Yang, E. J., C. Y. Yoo, J. Liu, H. Wang, J. Cao, F. Li, K. M. Pryer, T. Sun, D. Weigel, and P. Zhou. “NCP activates chloroplast transcription by controlling phytochrome-dependent dual nuclear and plastidial switches.” Nature Communications 10, no. 1 (2019): 1–13. Open Access Copy

Li, Fay-Wei, Paul Brouwer, Lorenzo Carretero-Paulet, Shifeng Cheng, Jan de Vries, Pierre-Marc Delaux, Ariana Eily, et al. “Fern genomes elucidate land plant evolution and cyanobacterial symbioses.Nature Plants 4, no. 7 (July 2, 2018): 460–72. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0188-8. Full Text Open Access Copy

Huiet, L., F. W. Li, T. T. Kao, J. Prado, A. R. Smith, E. Schuettpelz, and K. M. Pryer. “A worldwide phylogeny of Adiantum (Pteridaceae) reveals remarkable convergent evolution in leaf blade architecture.” Taxon 67, no. 3 (June 1, 2018): 488–502. https://doi.org/10.12705/673.3. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schuettpelz, E., G. Rouhan, K. M. Pryer, C. J. Rothfels, J. Prado, M. A. Sundue, M. D. Windham, R. C. Moran, and A. R. Smith. “Are there too many fern genera?Taxon 67, no. 3 (June 1, 2018): 473–80. https://doi.org/10.12705/673.1. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dijkhuizen, Laura W., Paul Brouwer, Henk Bolhuis, Gert-Jan Reichart, Nils Koppers, Bruno Huettel, Anthony M. Bolger, et al. “Is there foul play in the leaf pocket? The metagenome of floating fern Azolla reveals endophytes that do not fix N2 but may denitrify.The New Phytologist 217, no. 1 (January 2018): 453–66. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14843. Full Text Open Access Copy

Song, Michael, Li-Yaung Kuo, Layne Huiet, Kathleen M. Pryer, Carl J. Rothfels, and Fay-Wei Li. “A novel chloroplast gene reported for flagellate plants.American Journal of Botany 105, no. 1 (January 2018): 117–21. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1010. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sigel, Erin M., Eric Schuettpelz, Kathleen M. Pryer, and Joshua P. Der. “Overlapping Patterns of Gene Expression Between Gametophyte and Sporophyte Phases in the Fern Polypodium amorphum (Polypodiales).Frontiers in Plant Science 9 (January 2018): 1450. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01450. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hirai, R. Y., E. Schuettpelz, L. Huiet, K. M. Pryer, A. R. Smith, and J. Prado. “Phylogeny and relationships of the neotropical Adiantum raddianum group (Pteridaceae).” Taxon 65, no. 6 (December 1, 2016): 1225–35. https://doi.org/10.12705/656.1. Full Text Open Access Copy

Haufler, C. H., K. M. Pryer, E. Schuettpelz, E. B. Sessa, D. R. Farrar, R. Moran, J. J. Schneller, J. E. Watkins, and M. D. Windham. “Sex and the single gametophyte: Revising the homosporous vascular plant life cycle in light of contemporary research.” Bioscience 66, no. 11 (November 1, 2016): 928–37. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw108. Full Text Open Access Copy


Selected Grants

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Subsexual Processes and the Origin of Genetic Variation in Asexual Ferns awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

A plan to rehouse and reorganize the vascular plant herbarium and botanical library at Duke University (DUKE) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2011

Career: Reconciling patterns of phylogenetic rate heterogenity in ferns with morphology, ecology and life history awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2010

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Evolution and diversification of epiphytic ferns awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2007

REU Site: Bioinformatic and Phylogenetic approaches to the study of plant and fungal biodiversity awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2004 to 2007

Collaborative Research: Using phylogeny to investigate the history of morphological evolution in heterosporous ferns awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2005

Ontogeny and Phylogeny in the Aquatic Fern Family Marsileaceae awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995