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., L.Y. Kuo, Y.H. Chang, T.C. Hsu, H.C. Hung, W.L. Chiou, C.J. Rothfels, Y.M. Huang. Asplenium pifongiae (Aspleniaceae: Polypodiales), a new species from Taiwan. Systematic Botany (in press). 
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. 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. 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. 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:

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. Searching for diamonds in the apomictic rough. I: Do rare sexual populations of Boechera lignifera (Brassicaceae) represent a distinct species? Systematic Botany (in press).
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. An exploration into fern genome space. Genome Biology and Evolution 7: 2533-2544. Reprint PDF
Pryer, K.M., L. Huiet, F.-W. Li, C.J. Rothfels, E. Schuettpelz. Maidenhair ferns––Adiantum––are indeed monophyletic, and sister to to the shoestring ferns––vittaroids (Pteridaceae). (in review).
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. 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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