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Kress, John

Former Curator

Systematic Biology: systematics of Heliconia and other Zingiberales, especially with regards to reproductive biology, allozyme and molecular variation, and cladistic relationships; generic concepts in the Zingiberales; phylogeny and evolution of the monocotyledons.`Evolutionary Biology: plant reproductive biology; the evolution of breeding and pollination systems; genetic diversity and speciation in tropical angiosperms.`Conservation Biology: forest fragmentation, gene flow, and genetic variation in tropical and temperate plant species.

Background And Education

Education And Training


Selected Publications

Editor Of

  • Book

    • Kress, W. John and Stine, Jeffrey K., editors. 2017. Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2017