Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Eric Schuettpelz

Research Botanist & Acting Chair
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Ph.D., Duke University
Research Interests
Fern systematics
Publications
Article
  • Huiet, Layne, Li, Fay-Wei, Kao, Tzu-Tong, Prado, Jefferson, Smith, Alan R., Schuettpelz, Eric, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2018. "A worldwide phylogeny of Adiantum (Pteridaceae) reveals remarkable convergent evolution in leaf blade architecture." Taxon 67 (3):488–502. https://doi.org/10.12705/673.3
  • Mahley, Jennifer N., Pittermann, Jarmila, Rowe, Nick, Baer, Alex, Watkins, James E., Schuettpelz, Eric, Wheeler, James K., Mehltreter, Klaus, Windham, Michael, Testo, Weston, and Beck, James. 2018. "Geometry, Allometry and Biomechanics of Fern Leaf Petioles: Their Significance for the Evolution of Functional and Ecological Diversity Within the Pteridaceae." Frontiers in Plant Science 9:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.00197
  • Robison, Tanner A., Grusz, Amanda L., Wolf, Paul G., Mower, Jeffrey P., Fauskee, Blake D., Sosa, Karla, and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2018. "Mobile elements shape plastome evolution in ferns." Genome Biology and Evolution 10 (10):2558–2571. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evy189
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Rouhan, Germinal, Pryer, Kathleen M., Rothfels, Carl J., Prado, Jefferson, Sundue, Michael A., Windham, Michael D., Moran, Robbin C., and Smith, Alan R. 2018. "Are there too many fern genera?." Taxon 67 (3):473–480. https://doi.org/10.12705/673.1
  • Sigel, Erin M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Pryer, Kathleen M., and Der, Joshua P. 2018. "Overlapping Patterns of Gene Expression Between Gametophyte and Sporophyte Phases in the Fern Polypodium amorphum (Polypodiales)." Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1450–1450. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01450
  • Prado, Jefferson, Hirai, Regina Y., and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2017. "Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes concerning Ormopteris and Pellaea (Pteridaceae) in Brazil." Brittonia 69 (3):313–315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12228-017-9475-3
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Frandsen, Paul, Dikow, Rebecca B., Brown, Abel, Orli, Sylvia S., Peters, Melinda, Metallo, Adam, Funk, Vicki, and Dorr, Laurence J. 2017. "Applications of deep convolutional neural networks to digitized natural history collections." Biodiversity Data Journal 5:https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.5.e21139
  • Zhang, Liang, Zhou, Xin-Mao, Chen, De-Kui, Schuettpelz, Eric, Knapp, Ralf, Thi Lu, Ngan, Tam Luong, Thien, Tri Dang, Minh, Duan, Yi-Fan, He, Hai, Gao, Xin-Fen, and Zhang, Li-Bing. 2017. "A global phylogeny of the fern genus Tectaria (Tectariaceae: Polypodiales) based on plastid and nuclear markers identifies major evolutionary lineages and suggests repeated evolution of free venation from anastomosing venation." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 114:295–333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2017.05.020
  • Chen, Cheng Wei, Schuettpelz, Eric, Lindsay, Stuart, and Middleton, David J. 2016. "Proposal to conserve the name Haplopteris against Monogramma (Pteridaceae)." Taxon 65 (4):884–885. https://doi.org/10.12705/654.19
  • Grusz, Amanda L., Rothfels, Carl J., and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2016. "Transcriptome sequencing reveals genome-wide variation in molecular evolutionary rate among ferns." BMC Genomics 17 (1):692. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-016-3034-2
  • Haufler, Christopher H., Pryer, Kathleen M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Sessa, Emily B., Farrar, Donald R., Moran, Robbin, Schneller, J. Jakob, Watkins, James E., Jr., and Windham, Michael D. 2016. "Sex and the Single Gametophyte: Revising the Homosporous Vascular Plant Life Cycle in Light of Contemporary Research." Bioscience 66 (11):928–937. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw108
  • Hirai, Regina Y., Schuettpelz, Eric, Huiet, Layne, Pryer, Kathleen M., Smith, Alan R., and Prado, Jefferson. 2016. "Phylogeny and relationships of the neotropical Adiantum raddianum group (Pteridaceae)." Taxon 65 (6):1225–1235. https://doi.org/10.12705/656.1
  • Pinson, Jerald B. and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2016. "Unraveling the origin of the Appalachian gametophyte, Vittaria appalachiana." American Journal of Botany 103 (4):668–676. https://doi.org/10.3732/ajb.1500522
  • Pryer, Kathleen M., Huiet, Layne, Li, Fay-Wei, Rothfels, Carl J., and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2016. "Maidenhair Ferns, Adiantum, are Indeed Monophyletic and Sister to Shoestring Ferns, Vittarioids (Pteridaceae)." Systematic Botany 41 (1):17–23. https://doi.org/10.1600/036364416X690660
  • Schneider, Harald and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2016. "Systematics and evolution of lycophytes and ferns." Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54 (6):561–562. https://doi.org/10.1111/jse.12231
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Chen, Cheng-Wei, Kessler, Michael, Pinson, Jerald B., Johnson, Gabriel, Davila, Alex, Cochran, Alyssa T., Huiet, Layne, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2016. "A revised generic classification of vittarioid ferns (Pteridaceae) based on molecular, micromorphological, and geographic data." Taxon 65 (4):708–722. https://doi.org/10.12705/654.2
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Schneider, Harald, Smith, Alan R., Hovenkamp, Peter, Prado, Jefferson, Rouhan, Germinal, Salino, Alexandre, Sundue, Michael, Almeida, Thais Elias, Parris, Barbara, Sessa, Emily B., Field, Ashley R., de Gasper, Andre Luis, Rothfels, Carl J., Windham, Michael D., Lehnert, Marcus, Dauphin, Benjamin, Ebihara, Atsushi, Lehtonen, Samuli, Schwartsburd, Pedro Bond, Metzgar, Jordan, Zhang, Li-Bing, Kuo, Li-Yaung, Brownsey, Patrick J., Kato, Masahiro et al. 2016. "A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns." Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54 (6):563–603. https://doi.org/10.1111/jse.12229
  • Zhang, Liang, Schuettpelz, Eric, Rothfels, Carl J., Zhou, Xin-Mao, Gao, Xin-Fen, and Zhang, Li-Bing. 2016. "Circumscription and phylogeny of the fern family Tectariaceae based on plastid and nuclear markers, with the description of two new genera: Draconopteris and Malaifilix (Tectariaceae)." Taxon 65 (4):723–738. https://doi.org/10.12705/654.3
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Pryer, Kathleen M., and Windham, Michael D. 2015. "A Unified Approach to Taxonomic Delimitation in the Fern Genus Pentagramma (Pteridaceae)." Systematic Botany 40 (3):629–644. https://doi.org/10.1600/036364415X689366
  • Zhang, Liang, Rothfels, Carl J., Ebihara, Atsushi, Schuettpelz, Eric, Le Pechon, Timothee, Kamau, Peris, He, Hai, Zhou, Xin-Mao, Prado, Jefferson, Field, Ashley, Yatskievych, George, Gao, Xin-Fen, and Zhang, Li-Bing. 2015. "A global plastid phylogeny of the brake fern genus Pteris (Pteridaceae) and related genera in the Pteridoideae." Cladistics 31 (4):406–423.
  • Cochran, Alyssa, Prado, Jefferson, and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2014. "Tryonia, a new taenitidoid fern genus segregated from Jamesonia and Eriosorus (Pteridaceae)." Phytokeys 35:23–43. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.35.6886
  • Rothfels, Carl J. and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2014. "Accelerated Rate of Molecular Evolution for Vittarioid Ferns is Strong and Not Driven by Selection." Systematic Biology 63 (1):31–54. https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syt058
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Davila, Alex, Prado, Jefferson, Hirai, Regina Y., and Yatskievych, George. 2014. "Molecular phylogenetic and morphological affinities of Adiantum senae (Pteridaceae)." Taxon 63 (2):258–264. https://doi.org/10.12705/632.7
  • Prado, Jefferson, Schuettpelz, Eric, Hirai, Regina Y., and Smith, Alan R. 2013. "Pellaea flavescens, a Brazilian endemic, is a synonym of Old World Pellaea viridis." American Fern Journal 103 (1):21–26. https://doi.org/10.1640/0002-8444-103.1.21
  • Rothfels, Carl J., Sundue, Michael A., Kuo, Li-Yaung, Larsson, Anders, Kato, Masahiro, Schuettpelz, Eric, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2012. "A revised family-level classification for eupolypod II ferns (Polypodiidae: Polypodiales)." Taxon 61 (3):515–533.
  • Korall, Petra, Schuettpelz, Eric, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2010. "Abrupt deceleration of molecular evolution linked to the origin of arborescence in ferns." Evolution 64 (9):2786–2792.
  • Pryer, Kathleen M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Huiet, Layne, Grusz, Amanda L., Rothfels, Carl J., Avent, Tony, Schwartz, David, and Windham, Michael D. 2010. "DNA barcoding exposes a case of mistaken identity in the fern horticultural trade." Molecular Ecology Resources 10 (6):979–985. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02858.x
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2009. "Evidence for a Cenozoic radiation of ferns in an angiosperm-dominated canopy." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (27):11200–11205.
  • Windham, Michael D., Huiet, Layne, Schuettpelz, Eric, Grusz, Amanda L., Rothfels, Carl J., Beck, James, Yatskievych, George, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2009. "Using plastid and nuclear DNA sequences to redraw generic boundaries and demystify species complexes in cheilanthoid ferns." American Fern Journal 99 (2):128.
  • Hennequin, Sabine, Schuettpelz, Eric, Pryer, Kathleen M., Ebihara, Atsushi, and Dubuisson, Jean-Yves. 2008. "Divergence times and the evolution of epiphytism in filmy ferns (Hymenophyllaceae) revisited." International Journal of Plant Sciences 169 (9):1278–1287.
  • Moran, Robbin C., Prado, Jefferson, Labiak, Paulo H., Hanks, Judith Garrison, and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2008. "A "new" tree fern species from southeastern Brazil: Cyathea myriotricha (Cyatheaceae)." Brittonia 60 (4):362–370.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Grusz, Amanda L., Windham, Michael D., and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2008. "The utility of nuclear gapCp in resolving polyploid fern origins." Systematic Botany 33 (4):621–629.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2007. "Fern phylogeny inferred from 400 leptosporangiate species and three plastid genes." Taxon 56 (4):1037.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Schneider, Harald, Huiet, Layne, Windham, Michael D., and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2007. "A molecular phylogeny of the fern family Pteridaceae: assessing overall relationships and the affinities of previously unsampled genera." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 44 (3):1172–1185.
  • Schneider, Harald and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2006. "Identifying fern gametophytes using DNA sequences." Molecular Ecology Notes 6 (4):989–991.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Hoot, Sara B. 2006. "Inferring the root of Isoëtes: exploring alternatives in the absence of an acceptable outgroup." Systematic Botany 31 (2):258–270.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Korall, Petra, and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2006. "Plastid atpA data provide improved support for deep relationships among ferns." Taxon 55 (4):897–906.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2006. "Reconciling extreme branch length differences: decoupling time and rate through the evolutionary history of filmy ferns." Systematic Biology 55 (3):485–502.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Trapnell, Dorset W. 2006. "Exceptional epiphyte diversity on a single tree in Costa Rica." Selbyana 27 (1):65–71.
  • Smith, Alan R., Pryer, Kathleen M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Korall, Petra, Schneider, Harald, and Wolf, Paul G. 2006. "A classification for extant ferns." Taxon 705–731.
  • Pryer, Kathleen M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Wolf, Paul G., Schneider, Harald, Smith, Alan R., and Cranfill, Raymond. 2004. "Phylogeny and evolution of ferns (monilophytes) with a focus on the early leptosporangiate divergences." American Journal of Botany 91 (10):1582–1598.
  • Schneider, Harald, Schuettpelz, Eric, Pryer, Kathleen M., Cranfill, Raymond, Magallón, Susana, and Lupia, Richard. 2004. "Ferns diversified in the shadow of angiosperms." Nature 428 (6982):553–557.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Hoot, Sara B. 2004. "Phylogeny and biogeography of Caltha (Ranunculaceae) based on chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences." American Journal of Botany 91 (2):247–253.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric, Hoot, S. B., Samuel, R., and Ehrendorfer, F. 2002. "Multiple origins of Southern Hemisphere Anemone (Ranunculaceae) based on plastid and nuclear sequence data." Plant Systematics and Evolution 231 (1-4):143–151.

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Chapter
  • Pittermann, Jarmila, Watkins, James E., Cary, Katharine L., Schuettpelz, Eric, Brodersen, Craig, Smith, Alan R., and Baer, Alex. 2015. "The Structure and Function of Xylem in Seed-Free Vascular Plants: An Evolutionary Perspective." in Functional and Ecological Xylem Anatomy, edited by Hacke, Uwe., 1–37. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15783-2_1
  • Pryer, K. M. and Schuettpelz, Eric. 2009. "Ferns (Monilophyta)." in The Timetree of Life, 153–156. Oxford University Press.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric and Pryer, Kathleen M. 2008. "Fern phylogeny." in Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes, 395–416. Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, Adam R., Pryer, K. M., Schuettpelz, Eric, Korall, P., Schneider, Harald, and Wolf, P. G. 2008. "Fern classification." in Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes, edited by Ranker, Tom A. and Haufler, Christopher H., 417–467. Cambridge University Press.
Thesis
  • Schuettpelz, Eric. 2007. "The evolution and diversification of epiphytic ferns." PhD. Duke University.
  • Schuettpelz, Eric. 2001. "Phylogenetic Relationships Within Caltha (Ranunculaceae) Based on Three Molecular Data Sets and Morphology." MS. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.