Contact Information:
Kathleen Pryer
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27707-0338
Telephone: 919-660-7380

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The latest news

Dr. Kathryn Picard!

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Sept. 8, 2017: Could anyone look happier!? Congratulations to our very own KP (the other one...)! And so very well-deserved! Kathryn arrived at Duke with a bounty of competitive fellowships – and she garnered every top-notch award while she was here! And now she is Dr. Picard! Kathryn is…
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Will Do Science for $$

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Congratulations to our latest grant awardees! To close out 2016, Tzu-Tong has received a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and Ariana got a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid. Many exciting fern stories coming your way soon from these two. Congratulations again!
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Oh Happy Day!

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Tzu-Tong is now officially a PhD Candidate! Hooray! Congrats to "Stone"!, and looking forward to results from "Evolution and Function of Farina in Notholaenid Ferns". Check out his awesome crown of N. standleyi!
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Fay-Wei marvels in a minute

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Fay-Wei gives us a one-minute tour on why we should study fern genomes and how he used the Monster Kick-Ass Machine to do it.
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Botany 2016 was a success!

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The Pryer lab made its presence felt at this year's Botany conference, held in Savannah, GA. Below are a list of the talks presented by current and former members of the lab: A case of mistaken identity revealed as a new species of Cheilanthes s.s.(Pteridaceae). Sosa, Karla; Windham, Michael…
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Big Hits

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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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