Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

14. Suissa, J.S., *Barkoff, N., Watkins, J.E.. (2024). Extreme functional specialization of fertile leaves in a widespread fern species and its implications on the evolution of reproductive dimorphism. Ecology and Evolution. 14:e11552. PDF (*written with undergraduate student)

13. Suissa, J.S., Li, FW, Moreau, C.S. (2024). Convergent evolution of fern nectaries facilitated independent recruitment of ant-bodyguards from flowering plants. Nature Communications. 15:4392. PDF

12. Suissa, J.S., Agbleke, A.A., and Friedman, W.E. (2023). A bump in the node: the hydraulic implications of rhizomatous growth. American Journal of Botany. 110 (1). PDF

11. Suissa, J.S., Preisler, Y., Watkins, J.E., and McCulloch, L.A. (2022). Vulnerability Segmentation in Ferns and Its Implication on Their Survival During Drought. American Fern Journal. 112(4), 336–353 PDF

10. Suissa, J.S., and Friedman, W.E. (2022). Rapid diversification of vascular architecture underlies the Carboniferous fern radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 289: 20212209. PDF

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9. Suissa, J.S. (2022) Fern fronds that move like pine cones: humidity-driven motion of fertile leaflets governs the timing of spore dispersal in a widespread fern species. Annals of Botany. 129(5), 519–528. PDF

8. Suissa, J.S., Kinosian, S.P., Schafran, P.W., Bolin, J, Taylor, W.C.,  Zimmer, E.A. (2022) Homoploid hybrids, allopolyploids, and high ploidy levels characterize the evolutionary history of a western North American quillwort (Isoëtes) complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.166 (107332). PDF

7. Suissa, J.S., and Friedman, W.E. (2021). From cells to stems: the effects of primary vascular construction on drought-induced embolism resistance in fern rhizomes. New Phytologist. 232(6), 2238-2253. PDF

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6. Suissa, J.S., Sundue, M.A., Testo, W.L. (2021). Mountains, Climate and Niche Heterogeneity Explain Global Patterns of Fern Diversity. Journal of Biogeography. 48(6), 1296-1308. PDF

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5. Suissa, J.S., Sundue, M.A. (2020). Diversity Patterns of Neotropical Ferns: Revisiting Tryon’s Centers of Richness and Endemism. American Fern Journal. 110(4), 211-232. PDF


4. Suissa, J.S. (2020) Polycyclic solenostele, a new synapomorphy for Pteris sect. Litobrochia. American Fern Journal. 110(3), 127-138. PDF 

3. Suissa, J.S., and Green, W.A. (2020). CO2 starvation experiments provide support for the carbon-limited hypothesis on the evolution of CAM-like photosynthesis in Isoëtes. Annals of Botany. 127(1), 135-141. PDF

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2. Kinosian, S.P., and Suissa, J.S. (2020) The mothers of Pteridology. American Fern Journal. 110 (1), 3-19. PDF


1. Suissa, J.S., and Barton, K.E. (2018). Intraspecific and interspecific variation in prickly poppy resistance to non-native generalist caterpillars. Botanical Sciences. 96 (2), 168-179. PDF

Outreach & Popular Science 

Silva, 2022

Written with Ben Goulet-Scott

Harvard Crimson, 2019

written with Ben Goulet-Scott