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

Manos, P. S., and D. E. Stone. “Evolution, phylogeny, and systematics of the Juglandaceae.” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 88, no. 2 (January 1, 2001): 231–69. Full Text

Manos, P. S., and A. M. Stanford. “The historical biogeography of Fagaceae: Tracking the tertiary history of temperate and subtropical forests of the Northern Hemisphere.” International Journal of Plant Sciences 162, no. 6 SUPPL. (January 1, 2001).

Manos, P. S., and A. M. Stanford. “The biogeography of Fagaceae: tracking the Tertiary history of temperate and subtropical forests of the Northern Hemisphere.” International Journal of Plant Sciences 162 (2001): S77–93.

Cannon, C. H., and P. S. Manos. “The Bornean Lithocarpus Bl. section Synaedrys (Lindl.) Barnett (Fagaceae): Its circumscription and description of a new species.” Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 133, no. 3 (January 1, 2000): 343–57. Full Text

Manos, P. S., J. J. Doyle, and K. C. Nixon. “Phylogeny, biogeography, and processes of molecular differentiation in Quercus subgenus Quercus (Fagaceae)..” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12, no. 3 (August 1999): 333–49. Full Text

Miller, R. E., M. D. Rausher, and P. S. Manos. “Phylogenetic systematics of Ipomoea (Convolvulaceae) based on ITS and Waxy sequences.” Systematic Botany 24, no. 2 (January 1, 1999): 209–27. Full Text

Manos, P., and K. Steele. “Phylogenetic analyses of "higher" Hamamelididae based on plastid sequence data..” American Journal of Botany 84, no. 10 (October 1997). Full Text