Contact Information:

Kathleen Pryer
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27707-0338
Telephone: 919-660-7380
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Paul Wolf (Utah State) joins us for his sabbatical!

Tzu-Tong Kao joins the lab!

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Welcome to Tzu-Tong Kao (高資棟), new Ph.D. student from Taiwan
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Fay-Wei passes prelims! - now a PhD Candidate!

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October 2012 Fay-Wei passed his prelims with flying colors (from red to blue ... and everything in-between!). His committee (Pryer, Meng Chen, Sönke Johnson, Corbin Jones, Sarah Mathews) was wowed by his defense of " Seeing the light: the origin and evolution of a chimeric phororeceptor".
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Fern Lab goes GAGA!

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October 2012 Nineteen Species of Fern Named for Lady Gaga Read about it in DukeToday Also, a YouTube video of Lady Gaga's performance at the 2010 Grammys, which helped inspire this naming honor, may be found HERE
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Carl Rothfels successfully defends Ph.D. !!

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September 2012 Congratulations to Carl - our newly minted Ph.D. - who gave a great seminar ["Phylogenetics of Cystopteridaceae: Reticulation and Divergence in a Cosmopolitan Fern Family"] to the Systematics Group on the morning of August 27, and later that afternoon successfully defended his Ph.D. to his committee (Pryer,…
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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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