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) 956-3930
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.

Grammitid Ferns of the World Website: http://grammitids.myspecies.info/

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

Honors

  • 2007: Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Selected Publications

  • Ranker, T. A. and C. H. Haufler (eds). 2008. Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes. Cambridge University Press. 480 pp.
  • Ranker, T. A., M. Sundue, P. Labiak, B. Parris, and G. Rouhan. 2010. New insights into the phylogeny and historical biogeography of the Lellingeria myosuroides clade (Polypodiaceae) [Internet]. Version 47. PLoS Currents: Tree of Life. 2010 Nov 18. Available from: http://knol.google.com/k/tom–a–ranker/new–insights–into–the–phylogeny–and/uggrdrq3hh35/4.
  • Sundue, M. A., M. B. Islam, and T. A. Ranker. 2010. Systematics of grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae): using morphology and plastid sequence data to resolve the circumscription of Melpomene and portions of the polyphyletic genera Lellingeria and Terpsichore. Systematic Botany 35: 701–715.
  • Wright, M. E. and T. A. Ranker. 2010. Dispersal and habitat fidelity of bog and forest growth forms of Hawaiian Metrosideros (Myrtaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 162: 558–571.
  • 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.
  • Zhang, G., G. Yatskievych, E. A. Hooper, and T. A. Ranker. 2013. Cheilanthoideae. P. 216 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.