Staff Spotlight

Dr. Pamela S. Soltis

Pam Soltis portraitCurator, Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics
301 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611



Ph.D. University of Kansas, 1986

Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics


Concurrent Appointments

Courtesy appointments in Botany and School of Natural Resources and the Environment


Research Interests

  • Molecular systematics of plants, especially angiosperms
  • Morphological and molecular evolution of the flower
  • Polyploid evolution and its consequences
  • Comparative phylogeography, especially of the SE USA and the Pacific Northwest
  • Conservation genetics of rare plant species


Ongoing Fieldwork

Collaborative research at Archbold Biological Station


Outreach Projects

  • Development of educational websites for the Tree of Life and the diversity of flowers
  • Development of a kiosk-style exhibit for natural history museums on the diversity of plants (in collaboration with the Peabody Museum, Yale)
  • Participation in Sensational Science
  • Consultant to Lincoln Middle School science teachers for development of "paleobotany garden" and molecular biology


Courses Taught

  • Bot 2710, Practical Plant Taxonomy (50%), alternate fall semesters (odd)
  • Bot 5725, Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (50%), alternate spring semesters (even)
  • PCB 6605, Principles of Systematics (33%), alternate spring semesters (odd)
  • Bot 6935, Molecular Systematics (50%), alternate fall semesters (even)
  • Bot 6936, Systematics Journal Club, every semester


Graduate Students

Rodrigo Vergara, Ph.D. Candidate
Genetic diversity and hybridization in Nothofagus



Matthew A. Gitzendanner - Collection Manager


Representative Publications

Soltis, P. S. TragopogonFlora of North America. In press.

Soltis, D. E., P. S. Soltis, M. W. Chase, and P. K. Endress.Angiosperm Phylogeny and Evolution. Smithsonian Institution Press, in press.

Buzgo, M., P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2005. Floral developmental morphology of Amborella trichopoda (Amborellaceae).International Journal of Plant Sciences, in press.

Oliveira, L. O., R. B. Huck, M. A. Gitzendanner, W. S. Judd, D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 2005. Molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of Dicerandra (Lamiaceae), a genus endemic to the southeastern United States. American Journal of Botany: in press.

Soltis, P. S. and D. E. Soltis. 2004. The origin and diversification of angiosperms. American Journal of Botany 91: 1614-1626.

Kim, S., V. A. Albert, M-J. Yoo, J. S. Farris, P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2004. Pre-angiosperm duplication of floral genes and regulatory tinkering at the base of angiosperms. American Journal of Botany 91: 2102-2118.

Pires, J. C., K. Y. Lim, A. Kovarík, R. Matyásek, A. Boyd, A. R. Leitch, I. J. Leitch, M. D. Bennett, P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2004. Molecular cytogenetic analysis of recently evolvedTragopogon (Asteraceae) allopolyploids reveal a karyotype that is additive of the diploid progenitors. American Journal of Botany 91: 1022-1035.

Davies, T. J., T. G. Barraclough, M. W. Chase, P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, and V. Savolainen. 2004. Darwin's abominable mystery: Insights from a supertree of the angiosperms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 101: 1904-1909.

Ronse DeCraene, L. P., P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2003. Evolution of floral structures in basal angiosperms. International Journal of Plant Sciences 164: S329-S363.

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II. 2003. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG II. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society141: 399-436.

Soltis, P. S., D. E. Soltis, V. Savolainen, P. R. Crane, and T. Barraclough. 2002. Rate heterogeneity among lineages of land plants: integration of molecular and fossil data and evidence for molecular living fossils. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 99: 4430-4435.

Gitzendanner, M. A. and P. S. Soltis. 2000. Patterns of genetic variation in rare and widespread plant congeners: Do rare species have low levels of genetic variability? American Journal of Botany87: 783-792.

Soltis, P. S., D. E. Soltis, and M. W. Chase. 1999. Angiosperm phylogeny inferred from multiple genes: A research tool for comparative biology. Nature 402: 402-404.