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

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Amanda Grusz, Ph.D. 




MRC-166/Botany, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012



Ph.D. Biology, Duke University, Durham NC, USA. 2014.

B. S. Biology, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Wilmington NC, USA.  2006.




View my 2014 CV here.  

View my Google Scholar Citations here.


Refereed Publications


Grusz, A. L., M. D. Windham, G. Yatskievych, L. Huiet, G. J. Gastony, and K. M. Pryer. 2014. Patterns of diversification in the desert-adapted fern genus Myriopteris (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany 39: 698–794.

Grusz, A.L. and D. W. Freshwater. 2014. Studies of Costa Rican Gelidiales (Florideophyceae): II. Two Pacific taxa including Gelidium microglossum sp. nov. Pacific Science 68: 97–110.


Grusz, A.L. and M. D. Windham. 2013. Toward a monophyletic Cheilanthes: the resurrection and recircumscription of Myriopteris (Pteridaceae). PhytoKeys 32: 49–64.

Grusz, A.L.  2013. Myriopteris windhamii sp. nov., a new name for Cheilanthes villosa (Pteridaceae). American Fern Journal 103: 112–117.



Lagomarsino, L. P., A. L. Grusz, and R. C. Moran. 2012. Primary hemiepiphytism and gametophyte morphology in Elaphoglossum amygdalifolium (Dryopteridaceae). Brittonia 64: 226-235. doi: 10.1007/s12228-011-9216-y



Wolf, P. G., J. P. Der, A. M. Duffy, J. B. Davidson, A. L. Grusz, and K. M. Pryer. 2010. The evolution of chloroplast genes and genomes in ferns. Plant Molecular Biology 76: 251-261. doi: 10.1007/s11103-010-9706-4



Pryer, K. M., E. Schuettpelz, L. Huiet, A. L. Grusz, C. J. Rothfels, T. Avent, D. Schwartz, and M. D. Windham. 2010. DNA barcoding exposes case of mistaken identity in the fern horticultural trade. Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 979-985. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02858.x



Grusz, A. L., M. D. Windham, and K. M. Pryer. 2009. Deciphering the origins of apomictic polyploids in the Cheilanthes yavapensis complex (Pteridaceae). American Journal of Botany 96: 1636-1645. doi: 10.3732/ajb.0900019

Windham, M. D., L. Huiet, E. Schuettpelz, A. L. Grusz, C. J. Rothfels, J. B. Beck, G. Yatskievych, K. M. Pryer. 2009. Using plastid and nuclear DNA sequences to redraw generic boundaries and demystify species complexes in cheilanthoid ferns. American Fern Journal 99: 128-132..


Schuettpelz, E., A. L. Grusz, M. D. Windham, and K. M. Pryer. 2008. The utility of nuclear gapCp in resolving polyploid fern origins. Systematic Botany 33: 621-629. doi:

Rothfels, C. J., M. D. Windham, A. L. Grusz, G. J. Gastony, and K. M. Pryer. 2008. Toward a monophyletic Notholaena (Pteridaceae): resolving patterns of evolutionary convergence in xeric-adapted ferns. Taxon 57: 712-724. doi:


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