Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

John Kress

Senior Research Botanist and Curator of Botany (Zingiberales)
Department / Division
  • B.A., Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Duke University
Research Interests
Systematic Biology: systematics of Heliconia and other Zingiberales, especially with regards to reproductive biology, allozyme and molecular variation, and cladistic relationships; generic concepts in the Zingiberales; phylogeny and evolution of the monocotyledons.`Evolutionary Biology: plant reproductive biology; the evolution of breeding and pollination systems; genetic diversity and speciation in tropical angiosperms.`Conservation Biology: forest fragmentation, gene flow, and genetic variation in tropical and temperate plant species.