Email:
peberry@umich.edu

Phone:
(734) 647-3689

Location:

3600 Varsity Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2228

Campus Address:
2037 Kraus Natural Science Building
830 North Univeristy
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048

Websites:
Lab Website

Euphorbia Planetary Biodiversity Inventory Project

Paul E. Berry

- Director
- Curator (Vascular Plants)
- Associate Chair for Museum Collections
- Professor EEB

Academic Background

B.S. Biology from Haverford College
M.A. and Ph.D. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis

Research

My research interests are in plant systematics, including floristics, molecular phylogenetics, phytogeography, and bioinformatics. My work has mainly focused on the Neotropics, particularly the Guayana Shield, the Andes, and Brazil, as well as the upper midwestern United States. Plant groups of special interest are Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia and Croton), Fuchsia (Onagraceae), and Rapateaceae. I am particularly interested in the study of "giant genera," those that are considered to contain over 500 species and have often been avoided because of their complex taxonomy, geography, and large numbers.

My newest research project stems from my interest in Euphorbiaceae, giant genera, and international collaborations. I am the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation award in the "PBI" program (Planetary Biodiversity Inventories). The project is called "EuphORBia: a global inventory of the spurges," and it aims to produce a worldwide virtual monograph of the genus by the end of 2012, using modern bioinformatic tools, traditional field work and taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics, and floral developmental studies. Euphorbia contains over 2000 species and is distributed worldwide, but is most prominent in Africa, where many cactus-like succulents have evolved. We wish to make this a highly collaborative project, with training of students, postdocs, and participation of colleagues on all the vegetated continents.

U.S.-based or international students interested in joining the lab for Ph.D. studies on different aspects of the systematics of Euphorbia are encouraged to contact Professor Berry and apply to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at the University of Michigan.

Select publications

Van Ee, B., P. E. Berry, R. Riina, and J. Gutiérrez-Amaro. 2008. Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of the Caribbean-centered Croton subgenus Moacroton (Euphorbiaceae s.s.). Botanical Review 74: 132-165.

Givnish, T. G., K. C. Millam, P. E. Berry, and K. J. Sytsma. 2007. Phylogeny, adaptive radiation, and historical biogeography of Bromeliaceae inferred from ndhF sequence data. Aliso 23: 3-26.

Steinmann, V., B. Van Ee, P. E. Berry, and J. Gutiérrez. 2007. The systematic position of Cubanthus and other shrubby endemic species of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) on Cuba. Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 64: 123-133.

Woodward, C. L., P. E. Berry, H. Maas-van de Kamer, and K. Swing. 2007. Tiputinia foetida, a new mycoheterotrophic genus of Thismiaceae from Amazonian Ecuador, and a likely case of deceit pollination. Taxon 56: 157-162.

Van Ee, B. W., N. Jelinski, P. E. Berry, and A. L. Hipp. 2006. Phylogeny and biogeography of Croton alabamensis (Euphorbiaceae), a rare shrub from Texas and Alabama, using DNA sequence and AFLP data. Molecular Ecology 15: 2735–2751.

Berry, P. E., I. Cordeiro, A. C. Wiedenhoeft, M. A. Vitorino-Cruz, and L. Ribes de Lima. 2005. Brasiliocroton, a new crotonoid genus of Euphorbiaceae s.s. from eastern Brazil. Systematic Botany 30: 356-364.

Berry, P. E. A. L. Hipp, K. Wurdack, B. Van Ee, & R. Riina. 2005. Molecular phylogenetics of the giant genus Croton (Euphorbiaceae sensu stricto) using ITS and trnL–F DNA seqeunce data. American Journal of Botany 92: 1520-1534.

Berry, P. E. & R. Riina. 2005. Insights into the diversity of the Pantepui flora and the biogeographic complexity of the Guayana Shield. Biologiske Skrifter 55: 145-167.

Berry, P. E., W. J. Hahn, K. J. Sytsma, J. C. Hall, and A. Mast. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Fuchsia (Onagraceae) based on non-coding nuclear and chloroplast DNA data. American Journal of Botany 91: 601-614. 

Givnish, T. G., K. C. Millam, T. M. Evans, J. C. Hall, J. C. Pires, P. E. Berry, & K. J. Sytsma. 2004. Ancient vicariance or recent long-distance dispersal? Inferences about phylogeny and South American-African disjunctions in Rapateaceae and Bromeliaceae based on ndhF sequence data. International Journal of Plant Sciences 165(4 Suppl.): S35–S54. 2004. 

Givnish, T.J., T.M. Evans, M.L. Zjhra, T.B. Patterson, P.E. Berry & K.J. Sytsma. [2000] 2001. Molecular evolution, adaptive radiation, and geographic diversification in the amphiatlantic family Rapateaceae: evidence from ndhF sequences and morphology. Evolution 54: 1915-1937.

Berry, P. E. & R. N. Calvo. 1994. An overview of the reproductive biology of Espeletia (Asteraceae) in the Venezuelan Andes. Pp. 229–249 in: Rundel, P. W. & R. Meinzer (editors), Tropical Alpine Environments: Plant Form and Function. Cambridge University Press.

Berry, P. E. & R. N. Calvo. 1991. Pollinator limitation and position-dependent fruit set in the high Andean orchid Myrosmodes cochleare Garay. Plant Systematics and Evolution 174: 93–101.

Berry, P. E., H. Tobe, & J. A. Gómez. 1991. Agamospermy and the loss of distyly in Erythroxylum undulatum Plowman (Erythroxylaceae) from northern Venezuela. American Journal of Botany 78: 595–600.

Berry, P. E. 1989. A systematic revision of Fuchsia sect. Quelusia (Onagraceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 76: 532–584.

Berry, P. E. & R. N. Calvo. 1989. Wind pollination, self-incompatibility and altitudinal shifts in pollination systems in the high Andean genus Espeletia (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 75: 1602–1614. 

Berry, P. E. 1985. The systematics of the apetalous fuchsias of South America, Fuchsia sect. Hemsleyella (Onagraceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 72: 213–251.

Berry, P. E. 1982. The systematics and evolution of Fuchsia sect. Fuchsia (Onagraceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 69: 1–198.


Books and Floras

Hokche, O., P. E. Berry, and O. Huber (editors). 2008. Nuevo Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de Venezuela. Herbario Nacional de Venezuela, Caracas.

Funk, V., T. Hollowell, P. E. Berry, C. Kelloff, and S. N. Alexander. 2007. Checklist of the plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 55: 1–584.

Berry, P. E., K. Yatskievych & B. K. Holst (editors). 2005. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volumes 9. Rutaceae to Zygophyllaceae. 608 pp., 503 figs. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Berry, P. E., K. Yatskievych & B. K. Holst (editors). 2004. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 8. Poaceae to Rubiaceae. 888 pp., 659 figs. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Berry, P. E., K. Yatskievych & B. K. Holst (editors). 2003. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 7. Spermatophytes: Myrtaceae to Plumbaginaceae. 765 pp, 646 figs. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Berry, P. E., K. Yatskievych & B. K. Holst (editors). 2001. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 6. Spermatophytes: Liliaceae to Myrsinaceae. 803 pp, 640 figs. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Berry, P.E., K. Yatskievych & B.K. Holst (editors). 1999. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 5. Spermatophytes: Eriocaulaceae to Lentibulariaceae. 833 pp, 708 figs. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 

Berry, P. E., B. K. Holst, & K. Yatskievych (editors). 1998. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 4. Spermatophytes: Caesalpiniaceae to Ericaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 799 pp. 

Berry, P. E., B. K. Holst, & K. Yatskievych (editors). 1997. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 3. Spermatophytes: Araliaceae to Cactaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis. 774 pp.

Berry, P. E., B. K. Holst, & K. Yatskievych (editors). 1995. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume 2. Pteridophytes, Spermatophytes: Acanthaceae to Asclepiadaceae. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.

Berry, P. E., B. K. Holst, & K. Yatskievych (editors). 1995. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume I. Introductory chapters, key to the families of seed plants, vegetation and topographical maps. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.

Wetter, M.A., T.S. Cochrane, M.R. Black, H.H. Iltis, & P.E. Berry. 2001. Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin. 258 pp. Technical Bulletin Series # 192, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.