Dr. Steven R. Manchester
Curator of Paleobotany
214 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
Ph.D. Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981
Affiliate Professor, Depts of Botany, Geology
I study the phylogenetic and phytogeographic history of various flowering plant families based based on fossil remains of flowers, fruits, pollen, leaves and wood in the range of 20 to 80 million years old. The fossils are collected mainly from Paleocene and Eocene floras of western North America, eastern Asia, and central Europe, as well as Panama and Colombia I have documented the earliest known bananas, kiwi fruits, walnuts, cashews, grapes, and other familiar fruits based on their fossil remains. I enjoy the detective work that is necessary in order to reassemble extinct plant species and genera from their detached fossil organs. This work provides new taxonomic and morphological data for inclusion in phylogenetic and analyses of angiosperms.
My field work in search of well-preserved fossils takes me to remote parts of Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota as well as to Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Russia, China, and Japan.
BOT 5115 Paleobotany
BOT 5625 Plant Geography
Amy McClain, 1998-2000 (MS, Botany)
Iju (Judy) Chen, 2001-2009 (PhD, Botany)
Sarah Corbett, 2001-2004 (MS, Botany)
Elizabeth O'Leary 2005-2007 (MS, Botany)
Fabiany Herrera (PhD, Botany/Biology, 2008--)
Greg Stull (Biology 2010--)
Sarah Allen (Biology 2010--)
Paula Mejia (Botany, 2005--)
Dr. Hongshan Wang - Paleobotany & Palynology Collection Manager
Mr. Terry Lott - Lab Manager and Preparator
Representative Publications [See full list]
Manchester, S.R. 2011. Fruits of Ticodendraceae (Fagales) from the Eocene of Europe and North America. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 172 (9): 1179-1187.
Manchester, S.R. Q.-Y. (J.) Xiang, T. M. Kodrul and M. A. Akhmetiev 2009. Leaves of Cornus (Cornaceae) from the Paleocene of North America and Asia confirmed by trichome characters. International Journal of Plant Sciences 170 (1):132–142.
Manchester, S.R, .Z.-D. Chen, A.-M. Lu, K. Uemura. 2009 Eastern Asian endemic seed plant genera and their paleogeographic history throughout the Northern Hemisphere. J. Syst. Evol. 47 (1): 1–42.
Manchester, S.R. 1999. Biogeographical relationships of North American Tertiary floras. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 86: 472-522.