Lady Gaga-Inspired Botanist Says New Ferns ‘Celebrate Diversity’

'Often, people give names in honor of old white guys, but we didn't want to do that,' Dr. Kathleen Pryer tells MTV News of 'Gaga ferns.'

Lady Gaga is a global superstar, fashion icon, entrepreneur and role model to millions, yet despite all that, her impact on the world of pteridophytes has been minimal at best — until now, that is.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Kathleen Pryer, a professor of biology at Duke University and the director of the school’s herbarium, Gaga’s name is now attached to an entire genus of ferns — including two new species — an honor that almost certainly ranks right up there with her six Grammys.

Pryer published her findings in the new issue of Systematic Botany, the quarterly publication of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (we have a subscription) after a five-year study of a particular group of ferns that, like Gaga herself, dares to be a little different. And, as Pryer told MTV News, that’s just part of the reason she thought the name was fitting.

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