Current Research in Paleobotany
Our research in paleobotany aims to determine and quantify possible changes in flora diversity trougth Miocene transitional and terrestrial formations in the Panama Canal area. By looking at palynomorphs, plant macrofossils, fossil wood and fruits, we aim to characterize those floristic changes in Neotropical forests at different scales and in response to climatic change. Other research objectives include using fossil leaf morphology as an environmental proxy to reconstruct the climatic conditions that prevailed during the Miocene. Our research program involves different paleobotanical techniques including palynology, taxonomy and systematics of plant macrofossil (leaves and seeds).
The results of our research will provide new insights about the environmental and floristic conditions of tropical latitudes during the Middle-Late Cenozoic and the floristic composition of Panamanian Paleoflora.
Primary Research Contacts
Dr. Carlos Jaramillo | PI
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Dr. Steven Manchester