Contact Information:

Kathleen Pryer
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27707-0338
Telephone: 919-660-7380
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Fay-Wei Li 李飛葦, Postdoctoral Researcher


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Department of Biology, Duke University
Box 90338. Durham NC 27708



Ph.D. Department of Biology, Duke University (2010-2015)

B.S. Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University (2005-2009)


As first/co-first author:

Li, F.-W., C.A. Rushworth, J.B. Beck, M.D. Windham. Boechera (Brassicaceae) Microsatellite Database: an online portal for species identification and hybrid relationship resolution. Applications in Plant Sciences (in prep). 


Li, F.-W., S. Mathews. 2016. Evolutionary aspects of plant photoreceptors [invited review]. Journal of Plant Research Reprint PDF.

Li, F.-W., L.Y. Kuo, Y.H. Chang, T.C. Hsu, H.C. Hung, W.L. Chiou, C.J. Rothfels, Y.M. Huang. 2016. Asplenium pifongiae (Aspleniaceae: Polypodiales), a new species from Taiwan. Systematic Botany 41. Reprint PDF

Li, F.-W., M. Melkonian, C.J. Rothfels, J.C. Villareal, D. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, K.M. Pryer, S. Mathews. 2015. Phytochrome diversity in green plants and the origin of canonical plant phytochromes. Nature Communications 6: 7852. Reprint PDF
    Featured in: DukeTodayScience, Faculty of 1000, NSF Science360 News
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 in plants. Frontiers in Plant Science: 6: 637. Reprint PDF

Li, F.-W., K.M. Pryer. 2014. Crowdfunding the Azolla fern genome project: a grassroots approach. GigaScience, 3: 16. Reprint PDF

     Featured inGigaScience Editor's pick

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 & 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. Reprint PDF

     Featured in: New York TimesThe EconomistNational GeographicScientific AmericanFaculty of 1000Current BiologyNature Reviews Genetics

Li, F.-W., Pryer, K.M., Windham, M.D. 2012. Gaga, a new genus segregated from Cheilanthes (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany 37: 845-860. Reprint PDF

     Featured in: Rolling StoneWiredHuffington PostNational GeographicGuardianNew York Times

Li, F.-W., Kuo, L.Y., Rothfels, C.J., Ebihara, A., Chiou, W.L., Windham, M.D., Pryer, K.M. 2011. rbcL and matK earn two thumbs up as the core DNA barcode for ferns. PLoS One 6: e26597. Reprint PDF

Li, F.-W. 2011. Book review: Knapp, Ralf. 2011. Ferns and Fern Allies of Taiwan. Taxon 60: 1233-1234. Reprint PDF

Kuo*, L.Y., Li*, F.W., Chiou, W.L., Wang, C.N. 2011. The first insight into fern matK phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59: 556-566. *Equally contributed Reprint PDF

Li*, F.-W., Kuo*, L.Y., Huang, Y.M., Chiou, W.L., Wang, C.N. 2010. Tissue-Direct PCR, a rapid and extraction-free method for barcoding of ferns. Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 92-95. *Equally contributed Reprint PDF

Li, F.-W., Tan, B.C., Buchbender, V., Moran, R.C., Rouhan, G., Wang, C.N., Quandt, D. 2009. Identifying a mysterious aquatic fern gametophyte. Plant Systematics and Evolution 281: 77-86. Reprint PDF

As co-author:

Rothfels, C.J., F.-W. Li, K.M. Pryer. Utilizing the PacBio next-generation sequencing platform to unravel hybrid polyploid complexes. New Phytologist (in prep).

Pryer, K.M., L. Huiet, F.-W. Li, C.J. Rothfels, E. Schuettpelz. 2016. Maidenhair ferns––Adiantum––are indeed monophyletic, and sister to to the shoestring ferns––vittaroids (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany 41. Reprint PDF

Windham, M.D., J.B. Beck, F.-W. Li, A. Allphin, J.G. Carman, C.A. Rushworth, E.M. Sigel, P.J. Alexander, C.D. Bailey, I.A. Al-Shehbaz. 2015. Searching for Diamonds in the Apomictic Rough: A Case Study Involving Boechera lignifera (Brassicaceae). Systematic Botany 40:1031-1044. Reprint PDF

Wolf, P.G., E.B. Sessa, D.B. Marchant, F.-W. Li, C.J. Rothfels, E.M. Sigel, M.A. Gitzendanner, C.J. Visger, J.A. Banks, D.E. Soltis, P.S. Soltis, K.M. Pryer, and J.P. Der. 2015. An exploration into fern genome space. Genome Biology and Evolution 7: 2533-2544. Reprint PDF

Rothfels C.J., F.-W. Li, E.M Sigel., L. Huiet, A. Larsson, D.O. Burge, M. Ruhsam, M. Deyholos, D. Soltis, N. Stewart, S. Shaw, L.M. Pokorny, T. Chen, C. dePamphilis, L. DeGironimo, D.W. Stevenson, S.W. Graham, G.K.-S. Wong, and K.M. Pryer. 2015. The evolutionary history of ferns inferred from 25 single-copy nuclear genes. American Journal of Botany 102: 1089-1107. Reprint PDF

Sessa, E.B., J.A. Banks, M.S. Barker, J.P. Der, A.M. Duffy, S.W. Graham, M. Hasebe, J. Langdale, F.-W. Li, D.B. Marchant, K.M. Pryer, C.J. Rothfels, S.J. Roux, M.L. Salmi, E.M. Sigel, D.E. Soltis, P.S. Soltis, D.W. Stevenson, P.G. Wolf. 2014. Between two fern genomes. GigaScience, 3:15. Reprint PDF

Zhang, W.Y., L.Y. Kuo, F.-W. Li, C.N. Wang, W.L. Chiou. 2014. The hybrid origin of Adiantum meishanianum (Pteridaceae): a rare and endemic species in Taiwan. Systematic Botany, 39: 1034-1041. Reprint PDF

Rothfels, C.J., A. Larsson, F.-W. Li, E.M. Sigel, L. Huiet, D.O. Burge, M. Ruhsam, S. Graham, D. Stevenson, G.K.S. Wong, P. Korall, K.M. Pryer. 2013. Transcriptome-mining for Fern Single-copy Nuclear Regions. PLoS One 8: e76957. Reprint PDF

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