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Elizabeth C Ruck (an artistic interpretation)


  • 2010, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2003, MS, San Francisco State University
  • 1998, BS, Northern Kentucky University

Research interests

  1. Diatom systematics and evolution
  2. Organelle genome evolution
  3. Surirellales endemism and speciation in ancient lakes
  4. Heterotrophy within the Nitzschoid diatoms


  1. Ruck, E.C. and E.C. Theriot. 2011. Origin and evolution of the canal raphe system in diatoms. Protist. 162:723-737.
  2. Theriot, E.C., E.C. Ruck , M.P. Ashworth, T. Nakov and R.K. Jansen. 2011. Status of the pursuit of the diatom phylogeny: Are traditional views and new molecular paradigms really that different? In: J. Seckbach & J.P. Kociolek (eds.). The Diatom World (Cellular Origins, Life in Extreme Environments and Astrobiology). Springer.
  3. Lobban, C.S., M. Schefter and E.C. Ruck. 2011. Licmophora flucticulata sp. nov. (Licmophoraceae, Bacillariophyceae), an unusual new flabellate species from Guam and Palau. Phycologia, 50(1): 11-22.
  4. Theriot, E.C., M.P. Ashworth, E.C. Ruck, T. Nakov and R.K. Jansen. 2010. A preliminary multigene phylogeny of the diatoms (Bacillariophyta): Challenges for future research. Plant Evolution and Ecology, 143(3): 278-296.
  5. Cai, Z., Guisinger, M., Kim, H.G., Ruck, E.C., Blazier J.C., McMurty, V., Kuehl, J.V., Boore, J. and R.K. Jansen. 2008. Extensive reorganization of the plastid genome of Trifolium subterraneum (Fabaceae) is associated with numerous repeated sequences and novel DNA insertions. Journal of Molecular Evolution 67(6): 696-704.
  6. Ruck, E.C. and J.P. Kociolek. 2004. Preliminary phylogeny of the Surirellaceae (Bacillariophyta). Bibliotheca Diatomologica, Band 50, 236 pp.

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