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Pamela Soltis is an American botanist.

Pamela S. Soltis
Born (1957-11-13) 13 November 1957 (age 60)
Athens, Ohio
Nationality American
Other names Pamela Sagraves
Alma mater University of Kansas
Spouse(s) Douglas E. Soltis
Scientific career
Fields Botany
Author abbrev. (botany) P.S.Soltis

She is a distinguished professor at the University of Florida and principal investigator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History.[1]


Early life and EducationEdit

Pamela Soltis was born on November 13, 1957, on Athens, Ohio to Barbara D. Sagraves and Walter Ronald Sagraves. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1986.


Dr. Soltis research interests are angiosperm phylogeny, phylogeography, polyploidy, and conservation genetics.[2] Among her most cited contributions are papers on the role of genetic and genomic attributes in the success of polyploids. In 2016, Dr. Soltis was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Soltis was President of the Botanical Society of America 2007-08.[3]


  • p.s. Soltis, d.e. Soltis. 2004. The origin and diversification of angiosperms. Am. J. Bot. 91: 1614-1626
  • s. Kim, v.a. Albert, m-j. Yoo, j.s. Farris, p.s. Soltis, d.e. Soltis. 2004. Pre-angiosperm duplication of floral genes and regulatory tinkering at the base of angiosperms. Am. J. Bot. 91: 2102-2118
  • j.c. Pires, k.y. Lim, a. Kovarík, r. Matyásek, a. Boyd, a.r. Leitch, i.j. Leitch, m.d. Bennett, p.s. Soltis, d.e. Soltis. 2004. Molecular cytogenetic analysis of recently evolved Tragopogon (Asteraceae) allopolyploids reveal a karyotype that is additive of the diploid progenitors. Am. J. Bot. 91: 1022-1035
  • t.j. Davies, t.g. Barraclough, m.w. Chase, p.s. Soltis, d.e. Soltis, 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.
  • l.p. Ronse DeCraene, p.s. Soltis, 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. Bot. J. of the Linnean Soc. 141: 399-436
  • p.s. Soltis, d.e. Soltis, v. Savolainen, p.r. Crane, t. Barraclough. 2002. Rate heterogeneity among lineages of land plants: integration of molecular and fossil data and evidence for molecular living fossils. Proc. of the National Academy of Sci. USA 99: 4430-4435
  • m.a. Gitzendanner, p.s. Soltis. 2000. Patterns of genetic variation in rare and widespread plant congeners: Do rare species have low levels of genetic variability? Am. J. Bot. 87: 783-792
  • pamela s. Soltis, douglas e. Soltis, m.w. Chase. 1999. Angiosperm phylogeny inferred from multiple genes: A research tool for comparative biology. Nature 402: 402-404


  • douglas e. Soltis, pamela s. Soltis. 2006. Developmental genetics of the flower. Volumen 44 de Advances in botanical research incorporating advances in plant pathology. Edición ilustrada de Academic Press, 616 pp. ISBN 0120059444 en línea
  • pamela s. Soltis, douglas e. Soltis, jeff J. Doyle. 1992. Molecular systematics of plants. Editor Springer, 434 pp. ISBN 0412022419 en línea
  • d.e. Soltis, p.s. Soltis. 1990. Isozymes in plant biology. Edición ilustrada de Springer, 268 pp. ISBN 0412365006 en línea
  • pamela s. Soltis. 1986. Studies of genetic variation in an introgressive complex in Clarkia (Onagraceae). Editor University of Kansas, Botany, 596 pp.


She has served on the Councils of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the American Genetics Association, and the Society of Systematic Biologists. She served a three-year term as Secretary of the Botanical Society of America and is currently the President of the Society of Systematic Biologists. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Evolution and Systematic Biology.[2] She is a member of the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame.[5] She was the winner of the 2002 Dahlgren Prize in Botany from the Royal Physiographic Society of Sweden.[5] Reuters named her as a highly cited researcher in 2014.[6] She won, along with her husband, Douglas Soltis,[7] the 2006 Asa Gray Award. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.[8]



  • "Pamela Soltis, Ph.D." University of Florida Research Foundation Professors. University of Florida. 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2016.