Brian Atkinson


Brian Atkinson
  • Curator-in-Charge, Paleobotany Division, Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
  • Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Contact Info

Haworth Hall, room 6012
Lawrence, KS 66045

Biography

In general, I use the fossil record to reconstruct macroevolutionary patterns and relationships of seed plants. I typically focus on Mesozoic and early Cenozoic conifers and flowering plants; however, other plants are fair game.

Selected Publications

Atkinson B.A. in press The critical role of fossils in inferring deep-node phylogenetic relationships and macroevolutionary patterns in Cornales. American Journal of Botany

Atkinson B.A., R.A. Stockey, G.W. Rothwell 2018 Tracking the initial diversification of asterids: Anatomically preserved cornalean fruits from the early Coniacian (Late Cretaceous) of western North America. International Journal of Plant Sciences 179: 21-35

Atkinson B.A., R.A. Stockey, G.W. Rothwell 2017 The early phylogenetic diversification of Cornales: Permineralized cornalean fruits from the Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of western North America. International Journal of Plant Sciences 178: 556-666

Atkinson B.A., R.A. Stockey, G.W. Rothwell 2016 Cretaceous origin of dogwoods: an anatomically preserved Cornus(Cornaceae) fruit from the Campanian of Vancouver Island. PeerJ 4:e2808

Stockey R.A., H. Nishida, B.A. Atkinson 2016 Anatomically preserved fossil cornalean fruits from the Upper Cretaceous of Hokkaido: Eydeia hokkaidoensis gen. et sp. nov. American Journal of Botany 103: 1642-1656

Atkinson B.A. 2016 Early diverging asterids of the Late Cretaceous: Suciacarpa starrii gen. et sp. nov. and the initial radiation of Cornales. Botany 94: 759-771

Buczkowski E.L., R.A. Stockey, B.A. Atkinson, G.W. Rothwell 2016 Cunninghamia beardii sp. Nov. (Cupressaceae: Cuninghamioideae), anatomically preserved pollen cones from the Eocene of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada. International Journal of Plant Science 177: 103-114

Atkinson B.A., R.A. Stockey, R.A. Mindell, M.J. Bolton 2015 Lauraceous flowers from the Eocene of Vancouver Island: Tinaflora beardiae gen. et sp. nov. (Lauraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 176: 567-585

Atkinson B.A., G.W. Rothwell, R.A. Stockey 2014 Hughmillerites vancouverensis sp. nov. and the Cretaceous diversification of Cupressaceae. American Journal of Botany 101: 2136-2147

Atkinson B.A., G.W. Rothwell, R.A. Stockey 2014 Hubbardiastrobus cunninghamioides gen. et sp. nov., evidence for a Lower Cretaceous diversification of cunninghamioid Cupressaceae. International Journal of Plant Sciences 175: 256-259

Awards & Honors

Emerging Leader Award, Botanical Society of America
2021