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

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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 


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.

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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, Advisor; Mitchell-Olds, Roth, Swofford, and Windham). Celebrations and much relief ensued (witness Carl in photo #2 above)!  On August 31, the dissertation was submitted to the Graduate School, and in January 2013 Carl heads to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada to embark on a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship awarded by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). But he is still with us through the fall - yeah!

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Duke Undergrad Anne Johnson has first research publication

June 2012

 Pryer Lab Undergrad Anne Johnson has first research paper published in American Journal of Botany.  

Congratulations Anne!

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Congratulations to Grad Student Fay-Wei Li

April 2012

 Congratulations to Grad Student Fay-Wei Li who landed a 2012-2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

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Pryer lab Grad Students score a "hat-trick".

March 2011

 Congratulations to Amanda Grusz, Carl Rothfels, and Erin Sigel for their success in the 2010-2011 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) competition!

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