Paul is a Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. He obtained his B.S. in Biology and Mathematics from Georgetown College in 1982, M.S. in Biology from Memphis State University in 1984, and Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Ohio State University in 1991. He was a postdoc at North Carolina State University with Bruce Weir, and at the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics, Smithsonian Institution, with David Swofford (now at Duke University). Paul came to UConn after 3 years as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico.
Suman started working toward his Ph.D. here in January, 2013, after completing much of his dissertation research at Old Dominion University. He studies flowering plants related to the genus Hedyotis (family Rubiaceae, the coffee family), which those in the eastern United States will recognize as the small blue flowers known as bluets carpeting roadsides and lawns in early spring. Hedyotis has a wide global distribution, however, and in addition to resolving the phylogeny and biogeography of this group Suman is interested in the tendency of Hedyotis to evolve secondary woodiness in tropical montane islands. which mimics the evolution of secondary woodiness common in oceanic island systems.