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Paul O. Lewis

Photo of Paul LewisPaul is an Associate 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.

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Suman Neupane

Neupane_SumanSuman 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.


Daniel (Yu) Fan

Photo of Yu (Daniel) FanOcean University of China in Qingdao, and Master’s degree in Molecular Systematics from the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Wenyi Wang’s lab at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.


Mark T. Holder

BioBlitz2003 15Mark was a postdoctoral research associate in the lab for 2 years. Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2001, and moved on to a postdoctoral position with David Swofford at Florida State University in 2003. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.

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