Paul Lewis

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Welcome to the home page of Paul O. Lewis. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Although much of my professional training was in the area of flowering plant systematics, specifically the evolution and biogeography of the North American genus Polygonella (P. gracilis is shown at left), my research now focuses primarily on phylogenetic theory and methodology. Please visit the research section below to learn more about the ongoing research in my lab.


Paul's office and lab is located on the first floor of the Torrey Life Science Building on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Our mailing address is
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, 75 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3043, Storrs, CT 06269-3043 U.S.A.

Current Lab Members

Paul O. Lewis
Paul O. Lewis 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. Office: TLS 166A Voice: (860) 486-2069 Fax: (860) 486-6364 E-mail:

Daniel (Yu) Fan
Daniel (Yu) Fan is a fourth-year doctoral student. He obtained his undergraduate education from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, and Master's degree in Molecular Systematics from the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS). Office: TLS 162 Voice: (860) 486-2232 Fax: (860) 486-6364 E-mail:

Past Lab Members

Holder family
Mark T. Holder 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 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Kris (also Ph.D. 2001 from Univ. of Texas, Austin) and Julia (b. 2001) are also pictured. Not pictured is the latest arrival, Susan (b. Nov. 13, 2004). For Mark's current contact information, see
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