Kathleen M. Pryer

Professor in the Department of Biology

Office: 
358 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 660-7380
My research focuses on understanding the evolutionary relationships of ancient land plants, especially ferns and horsetails, by integrating evidence from morphology, molecules (DNA sequence data from multiple genes), and the fossil record. I use an explicit phylogenetic framework to examine the morphological evolution of various sporophytic and gametophytic characters within vascular plants, and to gain insight into the evolution of various life history traits and the body plans that typify vascular plants. A phylogenetic perspective also informs my molecular evolutionary studies that attempt to elucidate why we observe remarkable rate heterogeneity in chloroplast genes in land plant phylogeny.

Education

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1995

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

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

Turner, S, Pryer, KM, Miao, VP, and Palmer, JD. "Investigating deep phylogenetic relationships among cyanobacteria and plastids by small subunit rRNA sequence analysis." J Eukaryot Microbiol 46, no. 4 (July 1999): 327-338.

Wolf, PG, Sipes, SD, White, MR, Martines, ML, Pryer, KM, Smith, AR, and Ueda, K. "Phylogenetic relationships of the enigmatic fern families Hymenophyllopsidaceae and Lophosoriaceae: Evidence from rbcL nucleotide sequences." Plant Systematics and Evolution 219, no. 3-4 (1999): 263-270.

Hasebe, M, Wolf, PG, Pryer, KM, Ueda, K, Ito, M, Sano, R, Gastony, GJ, Yokoyama, J, Manhart, JR, Murakami, N, Crane, EH, Haufler, CH, and Hauk, WD. "Fern phylogeny based on rbcL nucleotide sequences." AMERICAN FERN JOURNAL 85, no. 4 (1995): 134-181. Full Text

Pryer, KM, Smith, AR, and Skog, JE. "Phylogenetic relationships of extant ferns based on evidence from morphology and rbcL sequences." AMERICAN FERN JOURNAL 85, no. 4 (1995): 205-282. Full Text

PRYER, KM. "THE STATUS OF GYMNOCARPIUM-HETEROSPORUM AND G-ROBERTIANUM IN PENNSYLVANIA." AMERICAN FERN JOURNAL 82, no. 1 (1992): 34-39. Full Text

Pryer, K. "The limestone oak fern: new to Manitoba." The Blue Jay 48, no. 4 (1990): 192-195. (Academic Article)

Pryer, KM, and Phillippe, LR. "A synopsis of the genus Sanicula (Apiaceae) in eastern Canada." Canadian Journal of Botany 67, no. 3 (1989): 694-707.

MCNEILL, J, and PRYER, KM. "THE STATUS AND TYPIFICATION OF PHEGOPTERIS AND GYMNOCARPIUM." TAXON 34, no. 1 (1985): 136-143. Full Text

PRYER, KM, and BRITTON, DM. "SPORE STUDIES IN THE GENUS GYMNOCARPIUM." CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE BOTANIQUE 61, no. 2 (1983): 377-388.

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