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Division of Biology

Division of Biology
Kansas State University
116 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6653 fax

Carolyn J. Ferguson, Professor


Associate Director
Curator, K-State Herbarium

Contact information

313 Ackert Hall
(785) 532-3166

Lab website: http://www.k-state.edu/fergusonlab


Ph.D. 1998, University of Texas-Austin. Botany.

Area(s) of Specialization

Plant systematics; Phylogeny and evolution of Phlox (Polemoniaceae).

Research Focus

My research program focuses on plant systematics, the evolutionary study of plant diversity. The phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae) are of particular ongoing interest, and currently funded work focuses on polyploidy in several Phlox species complexes and its effects on aspects of diversity. In my role as Curator of the K-State Herbarium, I also promote a broader diversity of collections-based research utilizing the museum's resources.

Selected Publications

Fehlberg SD, Ty MC, Ferguson CJ. 2014. Rexamination of a putative diploid hybrid taxon using genetic evidence: the distinctiveness of Phlox pilosa subsp. deamii (Polemoniaceae). Int J Plant Sci 175:781-793.

Peirson, JA, Riina R, Mayfield MH, Ferguson CJ, Urbatsch LE, Berry PE. 2014. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the New World leafy spurges, Euphorbia section Tithymalus (Euphorbiaceae). Bot J Linn Soc 175:191-228.

Ferguson CJ. Polemoniaceae. 2013. Pp. 686-701 In G. Yatskievych, ed. Steyermark's Flora of Missouri, Vol. 3. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, MO.

Fehlberg SD, Ferguson CJ. 2012. Intraspecific cytotypic variation and complicated genetic structure in the Phlox amabilis-P. woodhousei (Polemoniaceae) complex. Am J Bot 99:865-874.

Nepal MP, Ferguson CJ. 2012. Phylogenetics of Morus (Moraceae) inferred from ITS and trnL-trnF sequence data. Syst Bot 37:442-450.

Woods, TM, Jonas JL, Ferguson CJ. 2012. The invasive Lespedeza cuneata attracts more insect pollinators than native congeners in tallgrass prairie with variable impacts. Biol Inv 14:1045-1059.

Worcester L, Mayfield MH, Ferguson CJ. 2012. Cytotypic variation in Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa (Polemoniaceae) at the edge of its range in the central United States. J Bot Res Inst Texas 6:443-451.