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Michael Sundue

Dr. Michael SundueResearch Assistant Professor of Plant Biology

Ph.D. 2008, CUNY Graduate Center / The New York Botanical Garden

Email: Michael.Sundue@uvm.edu

Office: 356 Jeffords Hall, The Pringle Herbarium

Research Area: Evolution and taxonomy of ferns and lycophytes

Courses Taught: The Green World (PBIO 006), Botany of Oaxaca (PBIO 195), Botany Field Trip (PBIO 232)
If you are interested in learning about the PBIO 232 Tropical Plant Systematics Field Trip to Costa Rica led by myself and Dave Barrington, please see info here.

The Pringle Herbarium

Ferns and Lycophytes of the World: A Digital Herbarium

My research is focused on the evolution and systematics of tropical ferns and lycophytes. Currently I am working on an analysis of relationships within the grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae), using molecular, and morphological data, in collaboration with Tom Ranker (National Science Foundation), Cliff Morden (University of Hawaii, Manoa) and Barbara Parris. Grammitids are a clade of about 900 primarily epiphytic species that display a wide range of morphological variation. These phylogenies will be used for the study of character evolution, and to resolve the circumscription of genera, which has been problematic.

I am also contributing to a world-wide monograph and phylogeny of Megalastrum (Dryopteridaceae) with collaborators Robbin Moran (The New York Botanical Garden), Jefferson Prado Instituto de Botánica São Paulo, Brazi), Paulo Labiak (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil), and Germinal Rouhan (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Herbier National, Paris), which can be viewed at http://sweetgum.nybg.org/megalastrum/index.php. In conjunction with this project, we are working on relationships and morphological evolution in the Lastreid ferns, to which Megalastrum belongs.

I also contribute to regional floristic treatments, particularly in Bolivia, where I have been collaborating with Alan Smith (University of California, Berkeley Herbarium), Michael Kessler (University of Zurich), and Michael Nee (The New York Botanical Garden). This effort has led to the recent publication of Flora de la Region del Parque Nacional Amboró, vol. 1 Licofitas y Helechos, which treats nearly one half of the species known to occur in the country http://www.nybg.org/botany/nee/.

My duties at UVM include curation and development of both the Pringle Herbarium, and the Tryon Pteridophyte Library, which can be viewed here and here. I also maintain a photo blog of ferns and lycophytes with Nathan Smith (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia), which can be viewed here.

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