Kristel Schoonderwoerd


Kristel Schoonderwoerd

PhD Candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.384.5631
Fax: 617.384.6596


MS Evolutionary Biology (Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology; dual degree from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)

BS Biology with Conservation & Biodiversity (University of Sheffield, UK)

Research Interests

As a resident of the temperate world, I am constantly fascinated by how processes of development and differentiation in woody plants have harmonized with seasonal fluctuations in a variety of different ways. In the Friedman Lab, I study the diverse strategies temperate tree species use to overwinter embryonic leaves in resting buds and expand these leaves in the spring. My project focuses on the particularly pronounced interspecific variation in bud structure in the walnut family (Juglandaceae).


  • Sauquet, H, Balthazar, M von, …, Schoonderwoerd, KM, …, Schönenberger, J (2017) The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification. Nature Communications 8:16047.
  • Schoonderwoerd KM & Friedman WE (2016) Zygotic dormancy underlies prolonged seed development in Franklinia alatamaha (Theaceae): a most unusual case of reproductive phenology in angiosperms. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181:70–83.