Mary Endress

Mary Endress, Dr.

Associated scientist

Academic History:

1983 Ph.D. cum laude in Systematic Botany, University of Zürich.
1981 M.Sc. in Sytematic Botany, University of Zürich
1980 B.A. in Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Professional History:

Research Associate, Institute of Systematic Botany, Zürich, Switzerland, 1986-present
Curator of higher plants, Institute of Allgemeine Botanik, Hamburg, Germany, 1983-1986.
Teaching Assistant, Institute of Systematic Botany, Zürich, Switzerland, 1980-1983.
Assistant to A.H. Gentry, Flora of Peru, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA, 1976-1980.

Occupational Experience:

Plant collecting in tropical Australia, 2002
Plant collecting in Brazil, 2000
Plant collecting in Costa Rica, 1996
Plant collecting in the Hawaiian Islands, 1995
Plant collecting in tropical Australia, 1989
Plant determination of Peruvian collections, Missouri Botanical Garden, 1976-1980
Employed by U.S.D.A. as field collector for cancer-screening study in Ecuador, 1979
Employed by Earthwatch as field assistant in course on vegetational analysis of rainforest in Papua, New Guinea, 1977
Plant collecting trip to Choco, Colombia with A.H. Gentry, 1976
Tropical ecology studies and general plant collecting with D. Janzen, 1976

Research Interests:

Evolution, phylogeny, classification and floral structure of Apocynaceae s.l. (including asclepiads)

Current Projects/ collaborations:

  • Systematic treatment of the Apocynaceae s.str. for the Flora of Ecuador
  • Floral Structure and Secondary Pollen Presentation in Geniostoma (Loganiaceae). Collaborators: P. Garnock-Jones
  • Apocynaceae. Families and Genera of Vascular Plants.Collaborators: Sigrid Liede-Schumann, David Middleton and Ulrich Meve.
  • A Systematic Revision of the Genus Malouetia (Apocynoideae, Apocynaceae)
  • Pollination systems in Apocynaceae. Collaborators: J. Ollerton, Sigrid Liede-Schumann, Ulrich Meve, Andre Rodrigo Rech, Adam Shuttleworth, Hector A. Keller and c. 70 others

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Association of Plant Taxonomists, member, 1997—present
  • American Society of Plant Taxonomists, member 1984—present
  • Botanical Society of America, member 1984—present
  • Associate Editor, Taxon 2011—present.
  • Associate Editor, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 2016--present


  • International Botanical Congress, speaker, "Progress in systematics of Apocynaceae s.str., 2005
  • Robert Brown 200 Symposium, speaker, "Apocynaceae: Brown and Now", 2002
  • AIBS Annual Meeting, "Arils, wings, and other sneaky things: coming to terms with the Alyxieae", 2000
  • AIBS Annual Meeting, "Sexual Dimorphism and Secondary Pollen Presentation in Geniostoma ligustrifolium (Geniostomaceae), 1998
  • AIBS Annual Meeting, "Key characters at the interface of the apocynacs and the asclepiads", 1997
  • Morphology, Anatomy and Systematics Symposium in Vienna, "The relationship of Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae and its systematic implications", 1997
  • University of Muenster, invited speaker, "Relationships of Apocynaceae, Periplocaceae and Asclepiadaceae", 1997
  • Second International Rubiaceae Conference, "A phylogenetic analysis of the Apocynaceae s. str. and related taxa in the Gentianales – a multidisciplinary approach", 1996
  • AIBS Annual Meeting, "A morphological cladistic study of Apocynaceae: trends in character evolution within a broadened familial circumscription, 1995
  • International Botanical Congress, invited speaker, "Aspects of the evolution and systematics of the Apocynaceae", 1987
  • AIBS Annual Meeting, "The style-head of the Apocynaceae – its structure and significance", 1984

Symposium organization:

  • International Botanical Congress Symposium, organizer, "Recent progress in the systematics of Apocynaceae", 2005
  • International Botanical Congress Symposium, organizer, "Evolution and phylogenetics of the Apocynaceae s.l.", 1999

Honors and Awards:

Fulbright-Hayes Fellow, 1980-1981
Swiss-American Alumni Grant, 1980