Plant Biology Lab

at William Jewell

Dr. Nathan A. Jud

Department of Biology

William Jewell College

Welcome

We study living and fossil plants to understand the history of plant evolution and ecology. Our focus is paleobotany because the fossil record is a rich source of data on the morphology, anatomy, distribution, and associations of extinct plants. These data can be used to test a variety hypotheses in ecology and evolution.

 

Research projects are available for undergraduate students on a range of topics in organismal botany, paleontology, and (paleo)ecology.

 
 
Lacinipetalum spectabilum
Lacinipetalum spectabilum
Notiantha grandensis Jud et al. 2017
Notiantha grandensis Jud et al. 2017
PL2-2373 (20180111)
PL2-2373 (20180111)

Stephania psittaca (Menispermaceae) fruit from the early Paleocene of Patagonia

Rourea blatta Jud and Nelson 2017
Rourea blatta Jud and Nelson 2017
Fairlingtonia thyrsopteroides roots
Fairlingtonia thyrsopteroides roots

This specimen of Fairlingtonia shows the adventitious roots and the slender young stem (Jud 2015).

Todea (Osmundaceae) Jud et al. 2008
Todea (Osmundaceae) Jud et al. 2008

Transverse section of Todea tidwellii showing the dark sclerenchymatous pith (Jud et al 2008).

Mammea paramericana Nelson and Jud 2017
Mammea paramericana Nelson and Jud 2017
Parinari panamensis Jud et al. 2016
Parinari panamensis Jud et al. 2016

Transverse section of a Parinari endocarp (pit) from the lower Miocene of Panama. Scale bar = 1cm (Jud et al 2016)

Ficus koek-normaniae Jud & Dunham 2
Ficus koek-normaniae Jud & Dunham 2

This is a fossil Ficus wood from the Cenozoic of Panama (Jud and Dunham, forthcoming)

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