Dr. Amanda Grusz

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Professional title

Assistant Professor; Director of Olga Lakela Herbarium



  • B.S., University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Curriculum Vitae

Website: www.amandagrusz.net


My research unites molecular phylogenetics, cytogenetics, and genome sequencing with traditional morphological studies to explore the evolutionary processes that give rise to green plant diversity. In particular, I am interested in the evolution of apomixis (asexual reproduction by seed, spore, or egg), hybridization, and genome duplication in eukaryotes, with a specific focus on vascular plants.

Selected Publications

  • Grusz, A. L. and E. Schuettpelz. In review. Transcriptome sequencing reveals genome-wide variation in molecular evolutionary rate among ferns.

  • Grusz, A. L. and K. M. Pryer. 2015. Development of microsatellite markers for the apomictic triploid fern, Myriopteris lindheimeri (Pteridaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 3: 1500061.

  • Grusz, A. L., M. D. Windham, G. Yatskievych, L. Huiet, G. J. Gastony, and K. M. Pryer. 2014. Patterns of diversification in the xeric-adapted fern genus Myriopteris (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany 39: 698–794.

  • Wolf, P. G., J. P. Der, A. M. Duffy, J. B. Davidson, A. L. Grusz, and K. M. Pryer. 2011. The evolution of chloroplast genes and genomes in ferns. Plant Molecular Biology 76: 251-261.

  • Grusz, A.L., M. D. Windham, and K. M. Pryer. 2009. Deciphering the origins of apomictic polyploids in the Cheilanthes yavapensiscomplex (Pteridaceae). American Journal of Botany 96: 1636-1645.


  • BIOL 3603 Plant Taxonomy (Spring 2017)

  • BIOL 4601 Plant Diversity (Fall 2017)

Current Graduate Student Project

  • Ashley Zenzen, (M.S., Integrated Biosciences)