Daniel Lee Nickrent

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Daniel Lee Nickrent
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Born (1956-02-20) February 20, 1956 (age 63)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materSouthern Illinois University
Old Dominion University (M.S.)
Miami University (Ph.D.)
Known for
  • Plant Molecular Systematics and Evolution
  • Parasitic plants
  • Botany of the Phillipines
Scientific career
InstitutionsOld Dominion University
University of Illinois
Illinois Natural History Survey
Southern Illinois University
ThesisA systematic and evolutionary study of selected taxa in the genus Arceuthobium (Viscaceae) (1984)
Doctoral advisorW. Hardy Eshbaugh
Sheldon Guttman
Doctoral students
Author abbrev. (botany)Nickrent

Daniel Lee Nickrent is an American botanist, working in plant evolutionary biology, including the subdisciplines of genomics, phylogenetics, systematics, population genetics, and taxonomy. A major focus has been parasitic flowering plants, particularly of the sandalwood order (Santalales).

A continuing interest in photographic documentation and photographic databases has led to three photographic databases (hosted by SIUC): Phytoimages, Plant Checklist for the Rocky Mountain National Park, and Plant Checklist for the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.[1]

An influential scientist and botanist, he has some 9146 citations (at 15 July 2019) according to Google Scholar.[2]

He is currently Professor Emeritus of Plant Molecular Systematics and Evolution at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) (As of July 2019).

The standard author abbreviation Nickrent is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[3]


After completing one year towards his undergraduate degree at Illinois State University, Daniel Nickrent's interest in plants began during his participation in an NSF-sponsored research project where he worked on the flora of the Great Dismal Swamp under the direction of Dr. Lytton Musselman at Old Dominion University. This work resulted in his first publication.[4] In 1977 he received a bachelor's degree in Botany from Southern Illinois University. He earned a masters degree from Old Dominion University with work on the parasite witchweed Striga, and earned a Ph.D. from Miami University in 1984 ("A systematic and evolutionary study of selected taxa in the genus Arceuthobium (Viscaceae)").[5][6]


  • 1990 -1994, Assistant professor in the faculty of Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. During this period, his laboratory methodology changed from working with rRNA to DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which made sequencing genes easier. These years resulted in the discovery of increased rates of gene evolution in parasitic plants[7] and the publication of one of the earliest species-level molecular phylogenies using nuclear ITS[8] on the dwarf mistletoes, Arceuthobium.
  • 2014 - present, Emeritus Professor, SIU, continuing to work on a number of research projects.

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Concurrent appointments[edit]

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Eponymous species[edit]

Taxa named[edit]

He has authored some 47 taxa,[14] including:
Thesium nautimontanum M.A.García, Nickrent & Mucina, PhytoKeys 109: 44 (2018).
Lepeostegeres cebuensis Barcelona, Nickrent & Pelser, Phytotaxa 266(1): 48 (2016).
Lacomucinaea lineata (L.f.) Nickrent & M.A.García, Phytotaxa 224(2): 180 (2015).
Arceuthobium littorum Hawksw., Wiens & Nickrent, Novon 2: 206 (1992).
Rafflesia verrucosa Balete, Pelser, Nickrent & Barcelona, Phytotaxa 10: 50 (49-55; figs. 2A-F, 3A-F) (2010).
Staufferia Z.S.Rogers, Nickrent & Malécot, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 95(2): 394-395) (2008).
Pilgerina Z.S.Rogers, Nickrent & Malécot, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 95(2): 398-399) (2008).
Cervantesiaceae Nickrent & Der, Taxon 59(2): 551 (2010).
Nanodeaceae Nickrent & Der, Taxon 59(2): 552 (2010).


Websites constructed/maintained[edit]

  1. PhytoImages (with Pieter Pelser, Julie Barcelona and Mihai Costea)
  2. Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines (with Pieter Pelser and Julie Barcelona)[15]
  3. The Parasitic Plant Connection
  4. Darwin Week at SIUC
  5. Plant Checklist for the Rocky Mt. National Park
  6. Plant Checklist for the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (with John Van Dyk)

See also[edit]


National Science Foundation:

National Geographic

Publications (most recent & earliest)[edit]

For a more complete list, see publications

  1. Nickrent, D.L.; Anderson, F.; Kuijt, J. (2019). "Inflorescence evolution in Santalales: integrating morphological characters and molecular phylogenetics". American Journal of Botany. 106 (3): 402–414. doi:10.1002/ajb2.1250. ISSN 0002-9122.
  2. García, M.A.; Nickrent, D.L.; Mucina, L. (2018). "Thesium nautimontanum, a new species of Thesiaceae (Santalales) from South Africa". PhytoKeys. 109: 41–51. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.109.28607. ISSN 1314-2003..
  3. Amico G.C., Nickrent, D.L. & Vidal-Russell, R.. 2018. "Macroscale analysis of mistletoe host ranges in the Andean-Patagonian forest". Plant Biology pdf. doi:10.1111/plb.12900.
  4. Pelser, P.B.; Nickrent, D.L.; Barcelona, J.F. (2018). "A conservation genetic study of Rafflesia speciosa (Rafflesiaceae): patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation within and between islands". Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants. 63 (2): 93–101. doi:10.3767/blumea.2018.63.02.01. ISSN 0006-5196.
  5. Liu, B.; Le, C.T.; Barrett, R.L.; Nickrent, D.L.; Chen, Z.; Lu, L.; Vidal-Russell, R. (2018). "Historical biogeography of Loranthaceae (Santalales): Diversification agrees with emergence of tropical forests and radiation of songbirds". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 124: 199–212. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.03.010. ISSN 1055-7903.
  6. Nickrent, D.L. (2017). "Status of the Genera Colpoon, Osyris and Rhoiacarpos in South Africa". Bothalia. 47 (1). doi:10.4102/abc.v47i1.2260. ISSN 2311-9284.
  7. Pelser, Pieter B.; Nickrent, D.L.; Gemmill, C.E.C.; Barcelona, J.F. (2017). "Genetic Diversity and Structure in the Philippine Rafflesia lagascae Complex (Rafflesiaceae) inform its Taxonomic Delimitation and Conservation". Systematic Botany. 42 (3): 543–553. doi:10.1600/036364417X696186. ISSN 0363-6445.
  8. Pyšek, P., Pergl, J., Essl, F., Lenzner, B., Dawson, W., Kreft, H., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Kartesz, J., Nishino, M., Antonova, L. A., Baptiste, M. P., Barcelona, J. F., Cabezas, F. J., Cárdenas, D., Cárdenas-Toro, J., Castaño, N., Chacón, E., Chatelain, C., Dullinger, S., Ebel, A. L., Figueiredo, E., Fuentes, N., Genovesi, P., Groom, Q. J., Henderson, L., Inderjit, Kupriyanov, A., Masciadri, S., Maurel, N., Meerman, J., Morozova, O., Moser, D., Nickrent, D., Nowak, P. M., Pagad, S., Patzelt, A., Pelser, P. B., Seebens, H., Shu, W.-S., Thomas, J., Velayos, M., Weber, E., Wieringa, J. J., Kleunen, M. v. 2017. Naturalized and invasive alien flora of the world: species diversity, taxonomic and phylogenetic patterns, geographic distribution and global hotspots of plant invasion. Preslia 89: 203-274.
  9. Nickrent, D. L. & L. J. Musselman. (2017) Parasitic plants. Chapter 17, pp. 277-288 in Plant Pathology: Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, 3rd. Ed., Ownley, B. H. and R. N. Trigiano (eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  10. Nickrent, D. L. 2016. Ximeniaceae, Schoepfiaceae, Comandraceae, Thesiaceae, Cervantesiaceae, Santalaceae, Viscaceae. Pp. 404-440 in: Flora North America, Volume 12, Flora North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Oxford University Press, New York. Flora of North America online: Volume 12
  11. Pelser, P. B., D. L. Nickrent, & J. F. Barcelona. 2016. Untangling a vine and its parasite: Host specificity of Philippine Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae). Taxon 65(4):739-758. For Supplemental data.
  12. Pelser, P.B., D. L. Nickrent, A. R. T. Reintar, & J. F. Barcelona. (2016) Lepeostegeres cebuensis (Loranthaceae), a new mistletoe species from Cebu, Philippines. Phytotaxa 266(1):48-52.
  13. Pearse, I. S., G. Spyreas, D. Nickrent, P. Anders, A. Epstein, & M. Greenwood. (2015) Illinois Plants (www.inhs.illinois.edu/data/plantdb) is here: A new online resource for botanists and plant enthusiasts in Illinois. Natural History Survey Reports No. 413 (10): 19-20.3.
  14. Devkota, Mohan P.; Macklin, Jill; Nickrent, Daniel L. (2015). "The status of the mistletoe genus Dufrenoya Chatin (Amphorogynaceae) with a specific focus on Nepal". Flora - Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants. 215: 75–83. doi:10.1016/j.flora.2015.07.009. ISSN 0367-2530.
  15. Kleunen, M.v., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Pergl, J., Winter, M., Weber, E., Kreft, H., Weigelt, P., Kartesz, J., Nishino, M., Antonov, L., Barcelona, J., Cabezas, F., Cardenas, D., Cardenas-Toro, J., Castaño, N., Chacón, E., Chatelain, C., Ebel, A., Figueiredo, E., Fuentes, N., Groom, Q., Henderson, L., Inderjit, Kupriyanov, A., Masciadri, S., Meerman, J., Morozova, O., Moser, D., Nickrent, D., Patzelt, A., Pelser, P., Baptiste, M., Poopath, M., Schulze, M., Seebens, H., Shu, W.-S., Thomas, J., Velayos, M., Wieringa, J., & Pyšek, P. 2015. Global exchange and accumulation of non-native plants. Nature 525:100-104.
  16. Nickrent, Daniel Lee; García, Miguel Angel (2015). "Lacomucinaea, a new monotypic genus in Thesiaceae (Santalales)". Phytotaxa. 224 (2): 173. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.224.2.4. ISSN 1179-3163.
  17. Su, Huei-Jiun; Hu, Jer-Ming; Anderson, Frank E.; Der, Joshua P.; Nickrent, Daniel L. (2015). "Phylogenetic relationships of Santalales with insights into the origins of holoparasitic Balanophoraceae". Taxon. 64 (3): 491–506. doi:10.12705/643.2. ISSN 0040-0262. pdf
  18. Sipes S. D., K. E. Huff Hartz, H. Amin, A. Anterola, and D. L. Nickrent. 2014. Floral scent and pollinators of the holoparasite Pilostyles thurberi (Apodanthaceae). Journal of Pollination Ecology 12: 31-39.
  19. Amico, Guillermo C.; Vidal-Russell, Romina; Aizen, Marcelo A.; Nickrent, Daniel (2013). "Genetic diversity and population structure of the mistletoe Tristerix corymbosus (Loranthaceae)". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 300 (1): 153–162. doi:10.1007/s00606-013-0867-x. ISSN 0378-2697.
  20. Barcelona J. F., D. L. Nickrent, J. V. LaFrankie, J. R. C. Callado and P. B. Pelser. 2013. Co's digital flora of the Philippines: plant identification and conservation through cybertaxonomy. Philippine Journal of Science 142: 57-67.
  21. Pelser, Pieter B.; Nickrent, Daniel L.; Callado, John Rey C.; Barcelona, Julie F. (2013). "Mt. Banahaw reveals: The resurrection and neotypification of the name Rafflesia lagascae (Rafflesiaceae) and clues to the dispersal of Rafflesia seeds". Phytotaxa. 131 (1): 35. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.131.1.6. ISSN 1179-3163.
  22. Gonzalo, R.; Aedo, C.; Nickrent, D. L.; García, M. A. (2012). "A Numerical Taxonomic Investigation of Stipa Sect. Smirnovia and S. Sect. Subsmirnovia (Poaceae)". Systematic Botany. 37 (3): 655–670. doi:10.1600/036364412X648607. ISSN 0363-6445.
  23. Nickrent, D.L. 2012. Justification for subspecies in Arceuthobium campylopodum (Viscaceae). Phytoneuron 51: 1-11.
  24. Amico, Guillermo C.; Vidal-Russell, Romina; Garcia, Miguel A.; Nickrent, Daniel L. (2012). "Evolutionary History of the South American Mistletoe Tripodanthus (Loranthaceae) Using Nuclear and Plastid Markers". Systematic Botany. 37 (1): 218–225. doi:10.1600/036364412X616783. ISSN 0363-6445.
  25. Judd, W.S., Nickrent, D.L., Robertson, K.R., Abbott, J.R., Carlsward, B.S., Schuster, T.M., Campbell, C.S., Neubig, K.M., Zona, S., Donoghue, M.J. & Kellogg, E.A. (2011) Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants Sinauer Associates ISBN 9781605355740
  26. Barcelona, J.F., E.S. Fernando, D.L. Nickrent, D.S. Balete, and P.B. Pelser. 2011. An amended description of Rafflesia leonardi and a revised key to Philippine Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae). Phytotaxa 24: 11-18.
  27. Nickrent, D. L. 2011. (Including Mistletoes). Encyclopedia of Life Science. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chichester doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0003714.pub2
  28. Balete D. S., P. B. Pelser, D. L. Nickrent, and J. F. Barcelona. 2010. "Rafflesia verrucosa (Rafflesiaceae), a new species of small-flowered Rafflesia from Mindanao, Philippines." Phytotaxa 10: 49-57.
  29. Ulloa, C.U., D.L. Nickrent, C. Whitefoord, and D.L. Kelly. 2010. Hondurodendron, a new monotypic genus of Aptandraceae from Honduras. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 457-467. Correction (2011)
  30. Govaerts, Rafaël; Nickrent, Daniel L. (2010). "658. Cytinus ruber". Curtis's Botanical Magazine. 26 (4): 314–321. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8748.2009.01669.x. ISSN 1355-4905.
  31. Nickrent, D. L. 1987. Systematics and population biology of two sibling species of Arceuthobium (dwarf mistletoes, Viscaceae). Pp. 597-611 In: Proceedings of the 4th. International Symposium on Parasitic Flowering Plants, Phillipps University, Marburg, West Germany, August 2-7, 1987. Eds. H. C. Weber, W. Forstreuter.
  32. Nickrent, D. L. 1986. Genetic polymorphism in the morphologically reduced dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium, Viscaceae): an electrophoretic study. American Journal of Botany 73:1492-1502.
  33. Nickrent, D. L., S. I. Guttman, and W. H. Eshbaugh. 1984. Biosystematic and evolutionary relationships among selected taxa of Arceuthobium. Pp. 20-35 In: Proceedings of the Symposium on the Biology of Dwarf Mistletoes, Aug. 8, 1984, Technical Coordinators F. Hawksworth and R. Scharpf.
  34. Nickrent, D. L. 1984. A systematic and evolutionary study of selected taxa in the genus Arceuthobium (Viscaceae). Dissertation, Miami University Department of Botany, Oxford, OH. 256 pp.
  35. Eshbaugh, W. H., P. G. Smith, and D. L. Nickrent. 1983. Capsicum tovarii (Solanaceae), a new species of pepper from Peru. Brittonia 35: 55-60.
  36. Musselman, L. J., D. L. Nickrent, R. A. Mansfield, and J. E. A. Ogborn. 1979. Field notes on Nigerian Striga (Scrophulariaceae). Sida 8:196-201.
  37. Nickrent, D. L., L. J. Musselman, J. L. Riopel, and R. E. Eplee. 1979. Haustorial initiation and non-host penetration in witchweed (Striga asiatica). Ann Bot. 43: 233-236.
  38. Nickrent, D. L. and L. J. Musselman. 1979. "Autogamy in the American strain of witchweed, Striga asiatica (Scrophulariaceae)." Brittonia 31:253-256.
  39. Nickrent, D. L., L. J. Musselman, L. A. Pitchford, and D. W. Sampson. 1978. The distribution and ecology of Dryopteris in southeastern Virginia and adjacent North Carolina. Amer. Fern J. 68:45-51.
  40. Musselman, L. J., D. L. Nickrent, and G. F. Levy. (1977). A contribution towards a vascular flora of the Great Dismal Swamp. Rhodora 79:240-268.


  1. ^ "Professor Daniel Lee Nickrent". Loop. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ Google Scholar: Daniel L. Nickrent Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. ^ IPNI.  Nickrent.
  4. ^ Musselman, L. J., D. L. Nickrent, & G. F. Levy. (1977) A contribution towards a vascular flora of the Great Dismal Swamp. Rhodora 79:240-268.
  5. ^ Nickrent, D. L. (1984) A systematic and evolutionary study of selected taxa in the genus Arceuthobium (Viscaceae). Dissertation, Miami University Department of Botany, Oxford, OH. 256 pp.
  6. ^ a b c "Daniel L. Nickrent: Curriculum Vitae". nickrentlab.siu.edu. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ Nickrent, D.L.; Starr, E.M. (1994). "High rates of nucleotide substitution in nuclear small-subunit (18S) rDNA from holoparasitic flowering plants". Journal of Molecular Evolution. 39 (1). doi:10.1007/BF00178250. ISSN 0022-2844.
  8. ^ Nickrent, Daniel L.; Schuette, Kevin P.; Starr, Ellen M. (1994). "A molecular phylogeny of Arceuthobium (Viscaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer sequences". American Journal of Botany. 81 (9): 1149–1160. doi:10.1002/j.1537-2197.1994.tb15609.x. ISSN 0002-9122.
  9. ^ Nickrent, D.L., & Musselman, L.J. (2004). "Introduction to parasitic flowering plants." The Plant health instructor, 13, 300-315.
  10. ^ Grant 2009-2019
  11. ^ a b c d e Orcid ID: Daniel Nickrent
  12. ^ Pelser, Pieter B.; Barcelona, Julie F. (2013). "Discovery through photography: Amyema nickrentii, a new species of Loranthaceae from Aurora Province, Philippines". Phytotaxa. 125 (1): 47. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.125.1.7. ISSN 1179-3163.
  13. ^ {{cite journal|last1=Kuijt|first1=Job|title=Thirteen New Species of Neotropical Viscaceae (Dendrophthora and Phoradendron)|journal=Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature|volume=21|issue=4|year=2011|pages=444–462|issn=1055-3177|doi=10.3417/2010105}
  14. ^ International Plant Name Index: Daniel L. Nickrent. Retrieved 14 July 2019
  15. ^ Pelser, P (2015). "A manual to using Co‟s Digital Flora of the Philippines" (PDF). www.philippineplants.org. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  16. ^ 1754697 Collaborative research: Plant discovery in the southern Philippines
  17. ^ NSF BIO 0108229 Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Gondwanan Mistletoe Family Loranthaceae
  18. ^ 9808752 Characterization of Plastid Genomes in Holoparasitic Plants
  19. ^ 9407984 Molecular Phylogenetic Studies of Parasitic Plants
  20. ^ 9196134 Molecular Phylogenies of Parasitic Flowering Plants (1990-08-01 to 1994-07-31)

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