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?

Research Prospective Students

Latest News


Several new papers in 2022

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

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 In Press

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.

Kinosian SP, WD Pearse, and PG Wolf. 2020. Cryptic diversity in the model fern genus Ceratopteris (Pteridaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 152: 106938.

Rowe CA, Lichvar RW and Wolf PG (2020) How Many Tree Species of Birch Are in Alaska? Implications for Wetland Designations. Front. Plant Sci. 11:750. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00750