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.
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!
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.
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 D.; Huiet, Layne; Yatskievych, George A.; Pryer, Kathleen.
A small new genus uniting surprisingly disparate cheilanthoid ferns (Pteridaceae).
Pryer, Kathleen; Windham, Michael D.; Huiet, Layne; Rothfels, Carl.
Toward a community-derived classification for lycopods and ferns.
Schuettpelz, Eric; Schneider, Harald.
Next-generation polyploid phylogenetics: Low-cost, high-throughput resolution of hybrid polyploid complexes using PacBio and PURC.
Rothfels, Carl; Pryer, Kathleen; Li, Fay-Wei.
Consistently inconsistent: Transcriptome data reveal widespread molecular evolutionary rate asymmetry in ferns.
Grusz, Amanda; Schuettpelz, Eric.
Phase-Specific Gene Expression in the Homosporous Fern Polypodium amorphum.
Sigel, Erin; Schuettpelz, Eric; Der, Joshua.
Insider trading: Understanding nutrient exchange in the Azolla-Nostoc symbiosis.
Eily, Ariana; Li, Fay-Wei; Gile, Gillian; Pryer, Kathleen.
Fern genomes on the horizon.
The Fern Bus continues to push the frontiers of fern knowledge forward!
Huiet, L., M. Lenz, J.K. Nelson, K.M. Pryer, and A.R. Smith. 2015. Adiantum shastense, a new species of maidenhair fern from California. Phytokeys 53: 73-81.
On 1 April 2015, Fay-Wei defended his thesis
Seeing the Light: The Origin and Evolution of Plant Photoreceptors
and WOWED his Dissertation Committee: Kathleen M. Pryer, Chair, Meng Chen and Sönke Johnsen (Duke); Corbin Jones (UNC, Biology); Sarah Mathews (Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Australia).
Dr. Li is now working as a "double postdoc" at UC-Berkeley and Duke on fern genomics! Stay tuned...
His 3 dissertations chapters are already all published:
Li, F.-W., C.J. Rothfels, M. Melkonian, J.C. Villarreal, D.W. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, S. Mathews, and K.M. Pryer. 2015. The origin and evolution of phototropins. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: 637. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00637
Li, F.-W., M. Melkonian, C.J. Rothfels, J.C. Villareal, D.W. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, K.M. Pryer, and S. Mathews. 2015. Phytochrome diversity in green plants and the origin of canonical plant phytochromes. Nature Communications 6: 7852.
Li, F.-W., J.C. Villarreal, S. Kelly, C.J. Rothfels, M. Melkonian, E. Frangedakis, M. Ruhsam, E.M. Sigel, J.P. Der, J. Pittermann, D.O. Burge, L. Pokorny, A. Larsson, T. Chen, S. Weststrand, P. Thomas, E. Carpenter, Y. Zhang, Z. Tian, L. Chen, Z. Yan, Y. Zhu, X. Sun, J. Wang, D.W. Stevenson, B.J. Crandall-Stotler, A.J. Shaw, M.K. Deyholos, D.E. Soltis, S.W. Graham, M.D. Windham, J.A. Langdale, G. K.-S. Wong, S. Mathews, and K.M. Pryer. 2014. Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 111: 6672-6677.
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!
We did it! Thank you so much to our 123 crowdfunders + BGI!
Congratulations Amanda - our newly minted Ph.D! On March 25, Amanda successfully defended her dissertation to her Ph.D. committee (Pryer, Advisor; Donohue, Mitchell-Olds, Noor, and Windham). Graduation day on May 10! ... then Amanda embarks on a posdoc at the Smithsonian Institution in DC. We will miss you Amanda!
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".
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!
Pryer Lab Undergrad Anne Johnson has first research paper published in American Journal of Botany.