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Kenneth Wurdack

Research Botanist & Curator
Botany
National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology
United States of America

Biography

Kenneth Wurdack, Research Botanist & Curator, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History NMNH, United States

Research Interest

Systematic biology: Systematics, phylogenetics, and biogeography of Euphorbiaceae s.l. and other Malpighiales; also Thymelaeaceae. Evolutionary biology: plant-insect interactions, especially pertaining to ants and myrmecophytic associations. Floristic work: neotropics, southeastern USA, Molecular biology: genome evolution especially in plant mitochondria; processes of molecular evolution. History of science: botanical exploration and natural history, especially pertaining to 19th century southeastern USA.

Publications

  • Davis CC, Webb CO, Wurdack KJ, Jaramillo CA, Donoghue MJ. Explosive radiation of Malpighiales supports a mid-Cretaceous origin of modern tropical rain forests. The American Naturalist. 2005 Feb 1;165(3):E36-65.

  • Wurdack KJ, Hoffmann P, Chase MW. Molecular phylogenetic analysis of uniovulate Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbiaceae sensu stricto) using plastid rbcL and trnL-F DNA sequences. American Journal of Botany. 2005 Aug 1;92(8):1397-420.

  • Soltis DE, Smith SA, Cellinese N, Wurdack KJ, Tank DC, Brockington SF, Refulio-Rodriguez NF, Walker JB, Moore MJ, Carlsward BS, Bell CD. Angiosperm phylogeny: 17 genes, 640 taxa. American journal of botany. 2011 Apr 1;98(4):704-30.

  • Kress WJ, Wurdack KJ, Zimmer EA, Weigt LA, Janzen DH. Use of DNA barcodes to identify flowering plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2005 Jun 7;102(23):8369-74.

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