Wendy B. Zomlefer
Associate Professor
Curator of the University of Georgia Herbarium
Plant Sciences, Rm 2607
Phone Number:  706-583-0389
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 2501
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Ph.D Plant Systematics, University of Florida 1991

Research Projects: 

As a modern systematist (morphology, anatomy, field work), I incorporate molecular data with revisionary work on the relationships of certain temperate lily-like plants, the Melanthiaceae, with particular focus on the taxa of tribe Melanthieae.

I also conduct floristic surveys in Georgia and neighboring states. Floristic inventories are an important function of the GA Herbarium. These are field-based studies comprising a plant survey of a natural area, resulting in a complete inventory including voucher specimens.

Grant Support: 
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, “Plant Survey of the Lower Ogeechee River Corridor, a treasure of diverse coastal habitats in Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham Counties, Georgia,” W.B. Zomlefer [PI], 2011-2013, $ 30,705.
  • National Science Foundation, ―Collaborative research: The GA-VSC Herbaria collaborative: phase I of a statewide consortium. W.B. Zomlefer [PI] & D. E. Giannasi [coPI] at UGA, R. Carter [PI] at VSU; 2011-2013; [$ 395,315 Total]; UGA: $ 198,255.
  • National Park Service, ―Supplemental funding for costs of published reports. W.B. Zomlefer [PI], 2010-2012.
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources, ―Vascular flora and vegetation analysis of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain Limestone Forest.W. B. Zomlefer [PI] & P. Lynch [coPI], 2010-2011.
  • UGA Faculty Research Grant, ―Imaging GA Herbarium collections: A pilot study. W.B. Zomlefer [PI], 2010-2011.
  • National Science Foundation, Assembling the Tree of Life [AToL], “Collaborative Research – From Acorus to Zingiber: Assembling the phylogeny of the monocots,” 2008-2013.
  • National Park Service, “Plant specimen curation and publication of baseline inventories for Ocmulgee National Monument and Congaree National Park,” 2009-2012
  • Georgia Botanical Society, “Vascular plant flora and vegetation analysis of Georgia south Atlantic coastal plain limestone forests,” 2009-2010.
  • Georgia Native Plant Society, “Vascular plant flora and vegetation analysis of Georgia south Atlantic coastal plain limestone forest,” 2009-2010.
  • Georgia Botanical Society, “The state of herbaria in Georgia,” 2008-2010.
  • Georgia Native Plant Society, “Georgia’s herbaria,” 2008-2010.
  • National Park Service, “Floristic quality index and plant attribute database development for SECN parks,” 2008-2009.
Of Note: 
  • GAIA Award of Excellence in Botanical Illustration and Research (Florida Society of Botanical Artists, 2009).
  • Author and illustrator of the reference Guide to Flowering Plant Families (1994).
Selected Publications: 
  • Barrett, C.F.*, C.D. Specht, J. Leebens-Mack, Dennis W. Stevenson, Wendy B. Zomlefer & J.I. Davis.  2013.  Resolving ancient radiations: Can complete plastid gene sets elucidate deep relationships among the tropical gingers (Zingiberales)?  Annals of Botany (2013): 15 pp.  [doi: 10.1093/aob/mct264].
  • Pellicer, J.*, L.J. Kelly, I.J. Leitch, W.B. Zomlefer, & M.F. Fay.  2013.  A universe of dwarfs and giants: Genome size and chromosome evolution in the monocot family Melanthiaceae.  New Phytologist: 14 pp. [doi: 10.1111/nph.12617].
  • Zomlefer, W.B.*, L. Chafin, J.R. Carter, & D.E. Giannasi.  2013.  Coefficient of conservatism rankings for the flora of Georgia: Wetland indicator species.  Southeastern Naturalist 12(4): 790-808.
  • Zomlefer, W.B.*, D.E. Giannasi, J.B. Nelson, & L.L. Gaddy.  2013.  A baseline vascular plant survey for Ocmulgee National Monument, Bibb County, Macon, Georgia.  Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 7(1): 453-473.
  • Zomlefer, W.B.  2012.  Validation of the name Veratrum hybridum (Liliales, Melanthiaceae): the correct name for crisped bunch-flower.  Novon 22(1): 125-127.
  • Zomlefer, W.B., D.E. Giannasi, A. Reynolds, & K. Heiman. 2011. Vascular plant flora of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a corridor from the Buford Dam to Atlanta, Georgia. Rhodora 113(956): in press.
  • Zomlefer, W.B., D.E. Giannasi, M.W. Denslow, D.B. Poindexter, & P. Ball. 2011. Noteworthy collections: Georgia. Castanea 76(2): 197-189.
  • Zomlefer, W.B. & L.M. Kruse. 2011. Addendum to the flora of Cumberland Island National Seashore, Camden County, Georgia. Castanea 76(2): 183-186.
  • Givnish, T J., et al. 2010. Assembling the tree of the monocotyledons: Plastome phylogeny and the evolution of Poales. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 584-616.
  • McNeal, D.W. & W.B. Zomlefer. 2010. Documentation of the chromosome number for the California endemic, Toxicoscordion exaltatum (Liliales: Melanthiaceae). Madroño 57(3): 180-183.
  • Zomlefer, W.B. 2010. Survey of the herbaria of Georgia. Tipularia (Journal of the Georgia Botanical Society) 25: 32-40.
  • Echols, S.L. & W.B. Zomlefer. 2010. Vascular plant flora of the remnant blackland prairies in Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area, Houston County, Georgia. Castanea 75(1): 78-100.
  • Zomlefer, W. B., W.S. Judd, & K.N. Gandhi. 2010. (1928) Proposal to conserve the name Veratrum against Melanthium(Melanthiaceae).Taxon 59:644–645.
  • Zomlefer, W. B., D. E. Giannasi &, S. L. Echols. 2010. Vascular plant flora of Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park, Cobb County, Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 9(1):129-164.
  • Zomlefer, W.B.  2010.  Survey of the herbaria of Georgia.  Tipularia 25: 32-40.
  • Zomlefer, W.B. & W.S. Judd. 2009. A recombination of Anticlea elegans (Melanthiaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3(1): 159-160.
  • Zomlefer, W. B., D. E. Giannasi, K. A. Bettinger, S. L. Echols, & L. M. Kruse. 2008. Floristic survey of Cumberland Island National Seashore, Camden County, Georgia. Castanea 73: 29-60.
  • Zomlefer, W. B. & W. S. Judd. 2008. Two new species of Schoenocaulon (Liliales: Melanthiaceae) from Mexico supported by ITS sequence data. Systematic Botany 33(1): 117-124.
  • Zomlefer, W.B., W.M. Whitten, N.H. Williams & W.S. Judd.  2006.  Infrageneric phylogeny of Schoenocaulon (Liliales: Melanthiaceae) with clarification of cryptic species based on ITS sequence data and geographical distribution.  American Journal of Botany 93: 1178-1192.
  • Zomlefer, W.B. & W.S. Judd.  2002.  Resurrection of segregates of the polyphyletic genus Zigadenus s.l. (Liliales: Melanthiaceae) and resulting new combinations.  Novon 12: 299-308.
  • Zomlefer, W. B.  1996.  The Trilliaceae in the southeastern United States.  Harvard Papers in Botany 1(9): 91-120.
  • Zomlefer, W.B.  1994.  Guide to Flowering Plant Families.  430 pp.  Univ. North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.
  • Zomlefer, W.B.  1993.  A revision of Rigodium (Musci: Rigodiaceae).  The Bryologist 96: 1-72.