K-State Division of Biology

Carolyn J. Ferguson

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 1998, University of Texas

Plant systematics; phylogeny and evolution of Phlox (Polemoniaceae); curation of the KSU Herbarium


313 Ackert Hall
(785) 532-3166

Laboratory for Plant Molecular Systematics
Kansas State University Herbarium

Selected Research Publications

Worcester, L., M. H. Mayfield and C. J. Ferguson. 2012. Cytotypic variation in Phlox pilosa ssp.pilosa (Polemoniaceae) at the western edge of its range in the central United States. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6:443-451.

Fehlberg, S. D. and C. J. Ferguson. 2012. Intraspecific cytotypic variation and complicated genetic structure in the Phlox amabilis-P. woodhousei (Polemoniaceae) complex. American Journal of Botany 99: 865-874.

Ferguson, C. J., S. C. Strakosh and R. Patterson. 2012. Phlox. Pp. 1068-1071 In B. G. Baldwin, D. H. Goldman, D. J. Keil, R. Patterson, T. J. Rosatti and D. H. Wilken, eds. The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Nepal, M. P. and C. J. Ferguson. 2012. Phylogenetics of Morus (Moraceae) inferred from ITS and trnL-trnF sequence data. Systematic Botany 37: 442-450.

Woods, T. M., J. L. Jonas and C. J. Ferguson. 2012. The invasive Lespedeza cuneata attracts more insect pollinators than native congeners in tallgrass prairie with variable impacts. Biological Invasions 14: 1045-1059.

McLauchlan, K. K., C. J. Ferguson, I. E. Wilson*, T. W. Ocheltree and J. M. Craine. 2010. Thirteen decades of foliar isotopes indicate declining nitrogen availability in central North American grasslands. New Phytologist 187: 1135-1145.

Floden, A. J., M. H. Mayfield and C. J. Ferguson. 2009. A new narrowly endemic species of Dirca (Thymelaeaceae) from Kansas and Arkansas, with a phylogenetic overview and taxonomic synopsis of the genus. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3: 485-499.

Woods, T. M., D. C. Hartnett and C. J. Ferguson. 2009. High propagule production and reproductive fitness homeostasis contribute to the invasiveness of Lespedeza cuneata (Fabaceae). Biological Invasions 11: 1913-1927.

Fehlberg, S. D., K. A. Ford, M. C. Ungerer and C. J. Ferguson. 2008. Development, characterization and transferability of microsatellite markers for the plant genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 116-118.

Ferguson, C. J., S. D. Fehlberg, K. A. Ford and S. C. Strakosh. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae): comparing and combining data sets from the chloroplast genome. In A. K. Sharma and A. Sharma, eds. Plant Genome: Biodiversity and Evolution. Science Publishers, Enfield, NH.

Vinasco, J., O. Li, A. Alvarado, D. Diaz, L. Hoyos, L. Tabachi, K. Sirigireddy, C. J. Ferguson and M. H. Moro. 2007. Molecular evidence of a new strain of Ehrlichia canis from South America. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 45: 2716-1719.

Kula, R. R., G. Zolnerowich and C. J. Ferguson. 2006. Phylogenetic analysis of Chaenusa sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) using mitochondrial NADH 1 dehydrogenase gene sequences. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 15: 251-265.

Strakosh, S. C. and C. J. Ferguson. 2005. Pollination biology of four southwestern Phlox (Polemoniaceae) species: insect visitation in relation to corolla tube length. The Southwestern Naturalist 50: 291-301.

Wiggam, S. D. and C. J. Ferguson. 2005. Pollinator importance and temporal variation in a population of Phlox divaricata L. (Polemoniaceae). American Midland Naturalist 154: 42-54.

Woods, T. M., S. C. Strakosh, M. P. Nepal, S. Chakrabarti, N. B. Simpson, M. H. Mayfield and C. J. Ferguson. 2005. Introduced species in Kansas: floristic changes and patterns of collection based on an historical herbarium. Sida 21: 1695-1725.

Prather, L. A., O. Alvarez-Fuentes, M. H. Mayfield and C. J. Ferguson. 2004. The decline of plant collecting in the United States: a threat to the infrastructure of biodiversity studies. Systematic Botany 29: 15-28.

Prather, L. A., O. Alvarez-Fuentes, M. H. Mayfield and C. J. Ferguson. 2004. Commentary: implications of the decline in plant collecting for systematic and floristic research.
Systematic Botany 29: 216-220.

Ferguson, C. J. and R. K. Jansen. 2002. A chloroplast DNA restriction site study of eastern North American Phlox (Polemoniaceae): implications of congruence and incongruence with the ITS phylogeny. American Journal of Botany 89: 1324-1335.

Prather, L. A., C. J. Ferguson and R. K. Jansen. 2000. Polemoniaceae phylogeny and classification: implications of sequence data from the chloroplast gene ndhF. American Journal of Botany 87: 1300-1308.

Ferguson, C. J., F. Krämer and R. K. Jansen. 1999. Relationships of eastern North American Phlox (Polemoniaceae) based on ITS sequence data. Systematic Botany 24: 616-631.

Ferguson, C. J., D. A. Levin and R. K. Jansen. 1999. Natural hybridization between an outcrossing and a selfing Phlox (Polemoniaceae): the maternal species of F1 hybrids. Plant Systematics and Evolution 218: 153-158.



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