Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kenneth Wurdack

Research Botanist and Associate Curator of Botany (Euphorbiaceae, Malpighiales)
Department / Division
  • 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.