Contact Information:

Kathleen Pryer
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27707-0338
Telephone: 919-660-7380
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Erin Sigel, New PhD!!!

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Erin knocked it waaaay out of the park on July 11, 2014! Fantastic work Erin, and congratulations on your Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian! Erin's Dissertation: A Next-Generation Approach to Systematics in the Classic Reticulate Polypodium vulgare Species Complex (Polypodiaceae)
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Azolla crowdfunding success!

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We did it! Thank you so much to our 123 crowdfunders + BGI! Read all about it here!
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Azolla crowdfunding project launched!

Let's sequence a fern genome together! Check it out here!
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Horizontal gene transfer

Li, et al. 2014. Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. PNAS. MEDIA COVERAGE: New York Times, The Economist, National Geographic, Cosmos Magazine, Duke Today, Scientific American, Decoded Science, Nature Reviews Genetics
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Fay-Wei awarded NSF DDIG!

Congratulations to Fay-Wei for his success in the 2013-2014 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) competition! DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Assessing the Evolutionary Significance of Recurrent Horizontal Gene Transfer of a Chimeric Photoreceptor in Ferns
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Lady Gaga was honored by Duke University biologists. Kathleen Pryer and colleagues named a new genus of ferns found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas after the pop music megastar. A genus is a group of closely related species; in this case, 19 species of ferns will carry the name Gaga. At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes. Members of the new genus also bear a distinct DNA sequence spelling GAGA.

Read more HERE

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