Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kenneth Wurdack

Research Botanist and Associate Curator of Botany (Euphorbiaceae, Malpighiales)
Department / Division
  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.S., University of North Carolina
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Research Interests

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.

Journal Article
  • Kelloff, Carol L., Redden, Karen M., Wurdack, Kenneth J., and Alexander, Sara N. 2023. Smithsonian Plant Collections, Guiana Shield 2002-2012, Karen M. Redden and Kenneth J. Wurdack. In Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 116.