Amanda Grusz

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Professional Title
Associate Department Head and Associate Professor; Director of Olga Lakela Herbarium


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

Curriculum Vitae


Research and Teaching Interests

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

  • Austen Hilding, (M.S., Integrated Biosciences)