Paul S. Manos

Professor in the Department of Biology

330 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7358
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 (Fagales). Our lab uses DNA sequences to generate hypotheses of phylogenetic relationship for inferring morphological character evolution, analyzing patterns of biogeography, and testing species concepts. Students and postdocs 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. For example, we have reinterpreted cupule evolution in the Fagaceae and calibrated the phylogeny for the American clades of Quercus. Ongoing collaborations with Andrew Hipp, John McVay, Andy Crowl, Antonio González-Rodríguez, and Jeannine Cavender-Bares seek to integrate phylogenetic data with phenotypic traits and functional genes to explain species distributions and to better understand the adaptive nature of introgression in the oaks. Other research interests include the phylogeography of eastern North American woody plants and the development of a research network for the southeastern flora.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1992

  • M.S., Rutgers University 1986

  • B.A., Drew University 1982

Li, R. Q., Z. D. Chen, A. M. Lu, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, and P. S. Manos. “Phylogenetic relationships in Fagales based on DNA sequences from three genomes.” International Journal of Plant Sciences 165, no. 2 (January 1, 2004): 311–24. Full Text

Jaramillo, M. A., P. S. Manos, and E. A. Zimmer. “Phylogenetic relationships of the perianthless Piperales: Reconstructing the evolution of floral development.” International Journal of Plant Sciences 165, no. 3 (January 1, 2004): 403–16. Full Text

Williams, Kyle J., W John Kress, and Paul S. Manos. “The phylogeny, evolution, and classification of the genus Globba and tribe Globbeae (Zingiberaceae): appendages do matter.American Journal of Botany 91, no. 1 (January 2004): 100–114. Full Text

Williams, K. J., W. J. Kress, and P. S. Manos. “Appendages do matter: the phylogeny, evolution, and classification of the genus Globba and tribe Globbeae (Zingiberaceae).” American Journal of Botany 91 (2004): 100–114.

McDowell, T., M. Volovsek, and P. Manos. “Biogeography of Exostema (Rubiaceae) in the Caribbean region in light of molecular phylogenetic analyses.” Systematic Botany 28, no. 2 (April 1, 2003): 431–41.

Cannon, C. H., and P. S. Manos. “Phylogeography of the Southeast Asian stone oaks (Lithocarpus).” Journal of Biogeography 30, no. 2 (February 1, 2003): 211–26. Full Text

Miller, Richard E., Thomas R. Buckley, and Paul S. Manos. “An examination of the monophyly of morning glory taxa using Bayesian phylogenetic inference.Systematic Biology 51, no. 5 (October 2002): 740–53. Full Text

Miller, R. E., T. R. Buckley, and P. S. Manos. “Application of Baysian phylogenetic inference to the systematics of morning glories.” Systematic Biology 51 (2002): 740–53.

Manos, P. S., R. E. Miller, and P. Wilkin. “Phylogenetic analysis of Ipomoea, Argyreia, Stictocardia, and Turbina suggests a generalized model of morphological evolution in morning glories.” Systematic Botany 26, no. 3 (October 11, 2001): 585–602.