Suman started working toward his Ph.D. here in January, 2013, after completing much of his dissertation research at Old Dominion University. He completed his Ph.D. in December, 2016, and continued on at UConn for another year as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab.
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.
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