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Paul S. Manos, Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology

Paul S. Manos

My research emphasizes woody plants, especially the systematics of Fagaceae (the oak family), Juglandaceae (the walnut family), and related wind-pollinated families of flowering plants. I generally use DNA sequences to generate hypotheses of phylogenetic relationship for inferring morphological character evolution, analyzing patterns of biogeography, and revising classification. Students in my lab have studied the systematics and diversification of the following angiosperm families: Acanthaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Zingiberaceae, Rhamnaceae, Montiaceae, Humiriaceae, Solanaceae, Convolvulaceae, Piperaceae, and Dilleniaceae. Current research interests involve a range of evolutionary and ecological questions within the Fagaceae, especially the genus Quercus. In collaboration with Chuck Cannon and Sang-Hun Oh, we have reinterpreted cupule evolution in the Fagaceae and calibrated the phylogeny for the entire family. Another collaboration with Andrew Hipp, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, and Jeanne Romero-Severson seeks to integrate phylogenetic data with phenotypic traits and functional genes to explain species distributions in the oaks. Secondary research interests include genetic structure of tree species, phylogeny of neotropical tree communities, and the phylogeography of eastern North American species.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  330 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7358
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2017):

    Bio Sci 154, WF 11:45 AM-12:35 PM
    Bio Sci 069, F 01:25 PM-04:55 PM
    Bio Sci 144, Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Ph.D.Cornell University1992
M.S.Rutgers University1986
B.A.Drew University1982


Acanthaceae • Adaptation • Adaptation, Biological • Animals • Base Sequence • Bayes Theorem • Bees • Biological Evolution • Birds • Ceanothus • Cell Nucleus • Classification • Climate Change • DNA • DNA Restriction Enzymes • DNA, Chloroplast • DNA, Plant • DNA, Ribosomal • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer • Ecology • Environment • Feeding Behavior • Flowers • Fossils • Fruit • Genes, Plant • Geography • Host-Parasite Interactions • Hybridization • Ipomoea • Juglandaceae • Likelihood Functions • Markov Chains • Models, Genetic • Molecular Sequence Data • Monte Carlo Method • North America • Orobanchaceae • Phylogeny • Pollen • Pollination • Population Density • Reproductive Isolation • Restriction Mapping • Rhamnaceae • RNA, Ribosomal, 5.8S • Sequence Alignment • Sequence Analysis, DNA • Sequence Homology • Software • Soil • Time Factors • Trees

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Eric Green  
  • José Eduardo Meireles  
  • Dylan O. Burge  
  • Erin A Tripp  
  • Erica Tsai  
  • N Douglas  
Postdocs Mentored

  • S-H Oh (December 26, 2002 - June 26, 2007)  
  • C H Cannon (2000/12-2001/12)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. McVay, JD; Hauser, D; Hipp, AL; Manos, P, Phylogenomics reveals a complex evolutionary history of lobed-leaf white oaks in Western North America., Genome / National Research Council Canada = Genome / Conseil national de recherches Canada (July, 2017) [doi]  [abs]
  2. McVay, JD; Hipp, AL; Manos, PS, A genetic legacy of introgression confounds phylogeny and biogeography in oaks., Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, vol. 284 no. 1854 (May, 2017) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Pham, KK; Hipp, AL; Manos, PS; Cronn, RC, A time and a place for everything: phylogenetic history and geography as joint predictors of oak plastome phylogeny., Genome / National Research Council Canada = Genome / Conseil national de recherches Canada (April, 2017), pp. 1-13 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Fitz-Gibbon, S; Hipp, AL; Pham, KK; Manos, PS; Sork, VL, Phylogenomic inferences from reference-mapped and de novo assembled short-read sequence data using RADseq sequencing of California white oaks (Quercus section Quercus)., Genome / National Research Council Canada = Genome / Conseil national de recherches Canada (March, 2017), pp. 1-13 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Yu, Y; Xiang, Q; Manos, PS; Soltis, DE; Soltis, PS; Song, B-H; Cheng, S; Liu, X; Wong, G, Whole-genome duplication and molecular evolution in Cornus L. (Cornaceae) - Insights from transcriptome sequences., PloS one, vol. 12 no. 2 (January, 2017), pp. e0171361 [doi]  [abs]

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