Tom A. Ranker

Professor & Chair of Botany

Professor & Chair of BotanyTom A. Ranker

PhD 1987, University of Kansas

Curriculum Vitae – Tom A. Ranker

Contact Information
Phone: (808) 956-8304
Email: ranker@hawaii.edu

Research Interests

The origin and evolution of the flora of the Hawaiian Islands and of other island floras in the Pacific region. Phylogenetic systematics and evolution of vascular plants, especially lycophytes and ferns; evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant populations; conservation biology; historical biogeography.

Link to my Flickr site with photos of plants (mostly): http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_ranker/

Honors

  • 2013–2016: President-Elect, President, Past President, Botanical Society of America
  • 2014–2017: President-Elect, President, Past President, American Society of Plant Taxonomists
  • 2008:   Plant Species Biology Best Paper Award (see Ramp, Ranker, & Collinge, 2008, in CV)
  • 2007:   Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “For significant contributions to the fields of phylogeny and evolution of vascular plants, particularly to the biogeography of island floras in the Pacific”
  • 2002–2006: President-Elect, President, American Fern Society
  • 1997:   Award for Excellence and Dedication in Teaching, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 1992:   Edgar T. Wherry Award for the Best Contributed Paper presented to the Pteridological Section of the Botanical Society of America at the annual meeting (see Ranker, Floyd, & Trapp, 1993, in CV)
  • 1981:   Recipient of Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Biology, Humboldt State University 2007: Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Selected Publications

  • Hirai, R. Y., G. Rouhan, P. H. Labiak, T. A. Ranker, and J. Prado. 2011. Moranopteris, a new neotropical genus of grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae) segregated from Asian Micropolypodium. Taxon 60: 1123–1137.
  • Snow, N., T. A. Ranker, and D. H. Lorence. 2011. Taxonomic changes in Hawaiian ferns and lycophytes. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 110: 11–16.
  • Krishnan, S., T. A. Ranker, A. P. Davis, and J. J. Rakotomalala. 2012. The study of genetic diversity patterns of Coffea commersoniana: a model for conservation of other littoral forest species. Tree Genetics and Genomes. DOI: 10.1007/s11295-012-0545-0
  • Chau, M. M., W. R. Reyes, and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Ecological factors influencing growth of the endangered Hawaiian fern Marsilea villosa and implications for conservation management. American Journal of Botany 100: 1532–1543.
  • Geiger, J. M. O, P. Korall, T. A. Ranker, A. C. Kleist, C. L. Nelson. 2013. Molecular phylogenetic relationships of Cibotium and origin of the Hawaiian endemics. American Fern Journal 103: 141–152.
  • Vernon, A. L. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Current status of the ferns and lycophytes of the Hawaiian Islands. American Fern Journal 103: 59–111.
  • Zhang, G. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Coniogramme. Pp. 171–178 in Z. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Hong (eds), Flora of China, Volumes 2–3. Beijing: Science Press and St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Zhang, G. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Anogramma. P. 211 in Z. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Hong (eds), Flora of China, Volumes 2–3. Beijing: Science Press and St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Zhang, G. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Pityrogramma. P. 212 in Z. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Hong (eds), Flora of China, Volumes 2–3. Beijing: Science Press and St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Zhang, G. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Parahemionitis. P. 235 in Z. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Hong (eds), Flora of China, Volumes 2–3. Beijing: Science Press and St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Zhang, G. and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Paragymnopteris. Pp. 235–237 in Z. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Hong (eds), Flora of China, Volumes 2–3. Beijing: Science Press and St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Sundue, M. A., B. S. Parris, T. A. Ranker, A. R. Smith, E. L. Fujimoto, D. Zamora-Crosby, C. W. Morden, W.-L. Chiou, C.-W. Chen, G. Rouhan, R. Y. Hirai, and J. Prado. 2014. Global biogeography and biogeography of grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 81: 195–206.