Welcome to the Lab!

Research in my lab focuses on plant evolutionary biology, spanning population genetics to deep phylogeny. My main interest is in ferns (including Pteridium and Ceratopteris), but students in the lab are also working on flowering plants, including Eriogonum, Populus, Allenrolfea, Betula, and Boechera. The lab uses a wide array of tools, including next-generation genomic sequencing, RNA-seq, Rad-seq (GBS), single-gene Sanger sequencing, microsatellites, and AFLPs.

What Brings You to the Wolf Lab Today?


Latest News


July 2022: Drew presents his research as a poster at the Plant Biology conference in Portland, Oregon

June 2022: Ben defends his thesis

March 2022: Drew defends his thesis

Several new papers in 2022, including the genome sequence of Ceratopteris, with Rijan and Paul as authors.

March: New website launched


February 2020: Sylvia’s paper “Mothers of Pteridology” published in the American Fern Journal:

June 2020: Alaskan Betula paper published

Recent Publications

Marchant DB, Gu Chen2, Shengguan C, J Jenkins, S Shu, C Plott, J Webber, J Lovell, G He, L Sandor, M Williams, S Rajasekar, A Healey, K Barry, Y Zhang, E Sessa, PG Wolf, RR Dhakal, A Harkess, F-W Li, P Schafran, A Becker, L Gramzow, D Xue, Y Wu, F Chen, T Tong, Y Wang, F Dai, S Hua, H Wang, S Xu, F Xu, H Duan, G Theißen, RJ Schmitz, D Stevenson, B Ambrose, JA Banks, JH Leebens-Mack, J Grimwood, J Schmutz, PS Soltis, DE Soltis, Z-H. 2022. Dynamic genome evolution in a model fern. Nature Plants, September. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-022-01226-7

Koontz A, W.D. Pearse, P.G. Wolf. 2022. Pronounced genetic separation among varieties of the Primula cusickiana species complex, a Great Basin endemic. Systematic Botany 47 887-897

Kinosian, S.P and P.G. Wolf. 2022. The natural history of model organisms: The biology of the C. richardii as a tool for understanding plant evolution. eLife 2022;11:e75019

Kinosian, S.P., C.A. Rowe, P.G. Wolf. 2022. Why do heterosporous plants have so few chromosomes? Frontiers in Plant Science 13:807302. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.807302.