Rudolph Serbet


Rudolph Serbet
  • Collection Manager, Paleobotany Division, Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

Contact Info

Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

Education

Ph.D. in Paleobotany, Ohio University, 1997, Athens, OH
M.S. in Botany, Ohio University, 1991, Athens, OH
B.S. in Biology, University of Alberta, 1989, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Selected Publications

Benjamin Bomfleur, Ignacio H. Escapa, Rudolph Serbet, Edith L. Taylor and Thomas N. Taylor. 2013. A reappraisal of Neocalamites and Schizoneura (fossil Equisetales) based on material from the Triassic of East Antarctica. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 37:3, 349-365.

Serbet R., Bomfleur B., and Rothwell G.W. 2013. Cunninghamia taylorii sp. nov., a Structurally Preserved Cupressaceous Conifer from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Western North America. International Journal of Plant Sciences,174: 471-488.

Escapa, I.H., Taylor, E.L., Cúneo, N., Bomfleur, B., Bergene, J., Serbet, R., and Taylor, T.N. 2011. Triassic floras of Antarctica: plant diversity and distribution in high-paleolatitude communities. PALAIOS, 26(9): 522-544.

Bomfleur, B., Taylor, E.L., Taylor T.N., Serbet, R., Krings, M., and Kerp, H. 2011. Systematics and paleoecology of a new peltaspermalean seed fern from the Triassic polar vegetation of Gondwana. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 172(6): 807–835.

Bomfleur, B., Serbet, R., Taylor, E.L., and Taylor, T.N. 2011. The possible pollen cone of the Late Triassic conifer Heidiphyllum/Telemachus (Voltziales) from Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 23 (4): 379–385.

Serbet, R., Escapa, I., Taylor, T.N., Taylor, E.L. and Cúneo, N.R. 2010. Additional observations on the enigmatic Permian plant Buriadia and implications on early coniferophyte evolution. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 161: 168-178.

Krings M., S.D. Klavins, M. Barthel, S. Lausberg, R. Serbet, T.N. Taylor and E.L. Taylor. 2007. Perissothallus, a new genus for Late Pennsylvanian–Early Permian noncalcareous algae conventionally assigned to Schizopteris (aphleboid foliage), Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 153 (4), 477–488.

Serbet R. and G.W. Rothwell. 2006. Anatomically preserved ferns from the Late Cretaceous of Western North America II: Blechnaceae/Dryopteridaceae. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 167: 703-709.

Serbet R., T.N. Taylor and E.L. Taylor. 2006. On a new Medullosan pollen organ from the Pennsylvanian of North America. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 142: 219-227.

Krings M., Klavins, S.D., Taylor, T.N., Taylor, E.L., Serbet, R. and H. Kerp. 2006. Frond architecture of Odontopteris brardii (Pteridospermopsida, Medullosales) new evidence from the Upper Pennsylvanian of Missouri, U.S.A. - Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 133: 33-45.

B.J. Axsmith, R. Serbet, M. Krings, T.N. Taylor, E.L. Taylor and S.H. Mamay. 2003. The enigmatic Paleozoic plants Spermopteris and Phasmatocycas reconsidered. American Journal of Botany, 90: 1585-1595.

Serbet, R. and G.W. Rothwell. 2003. Anatomically preserved ferns from the Late Cretaceous of Western North America; Dennstaedtiaceae. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 164: 1041-1051.

Serbet, R. and G.W. Rothwell. 1999. Osmunda cinnamomea (Osmundaceae) in the Cretaceous of Western North America; Additional evidence for exceptional species longevity among filicalean ferns. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 160: 425-433.

Serbet, R. and G.W. Rothwell. 1995. Functional morphology of gymnospermous ovules: Evidence from a new species of Stephanospermum (Medullosales). Canadian Journal of Botany, 73: 650-661.

Rothwell, G.W. and R. Serbet. 1994. Lignophyte analysis and the evolution of spermatophytes; A numerical cladistic analysis. Systematic Botany. 19(3): 443-482.

Serbet, R. and G.W. Rothwell. 1992. Characterizing the most primitive seed ferns: I. A reconstruction of Elkinsia polymorpha. International Journal of Plant Biology. 153(4): 602-621.

Rothwell, G.W. and R. Serbet. 1992. Pollination Biology of Elkinsia polymorpha, Implications for the Origin of Gymnosperms. Pages 225-231 in F. Schaarschmidt, ed. Special issue: International symposium on palaeobotany: anatomical investigations of fossil plants. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. 147: 225-231.

Serbet, R. and R.A. Stockey. 1990. Taxodiaceous pollen cones from the Upper Cretaceous (Horseshoe Canyon Formation) of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 70: 67-76.

Selected Presentations

2011, Lyginopterid seed fern diversity from the Pennsylvanian of Missouri. (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.)

2010, Paleobotanical Collections at the University of Kansas: Commitment to Excellence. Presented at the GSA Denver Annual Meeting.)

2009, Additional observations on Buriadia from the Permian of Antarctica. (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah.)

2008, Ceratophyllum from southern Alberta, Canada: extending the geologic range of an extant group. (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.)

2007, Plant/animal interactions: Cretaceous leaf galls from southern Alberta, Canada (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.)

2006, Triassic ferns from Antarctica: an interesting dictyostelic type (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Chico, California.)

2005. Paleobotanical collections: Conservation and management for future research (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.)

2005, Medullosan pollen organ diversity: An example from the Lower Pennsylvanian of Kentucky. (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.)

2004, Nyssaceae among the Dinosaurs: Anatomically preserved fruits from the Upper Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. (Presented at the Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah.)

1996, A diverse assemblage of morphologically and anatomically preserved fossil plants from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Alberta, Canada. (Presented at the fifth conference of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany, Santa Barbara, California.)

1995, Porosia verrucosa from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Alberta, Canada: A reinvestigation. (Presented at the Mid-Continent Paleobotanical Colloquium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.)

1994, Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) flora from the Badlands of Alberta, Canada. (Presented at the Mid-Continent Paleobotanical Colloquium, Morgantown, West Virginia.)

1994, Three Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) filicalean ferns from Alberta, Canada. (Presented at the AIBS Meetings, Knoxville, Tennessee, August.)

1993, Pollination biology of Medullosan seed ferns; a new species of Stephanospermum from the Late Pennsylvanian of Ohio.  (Presented at the AIBS Meetings, Ames, Iowa, August.)

1991, Elkinsia polymorpha - Reconstructing an Upper Devonian (Famennian) plant with pre-ovules. (Presented at the AIBS Meetings, San Antonio, Texas, August.)

1991, Evidence for the most ancient seed plants. (Presented at the Canadian Botanical Association and The Canadian Society of Plant Physiology, Joint Meeting, The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June.)

1991, Current status of the Elkins (West Virginia) Gymnosperm. (Presented at the Mid-Continent Paleobotanical Colloquium, Columbus, Ohio, April.)

1990, Hydrasperman reproduction in the evolution of ancient gymnosperms. (Presented at AIBS Meetings, Richmond, Virginia, August.)

1989, Taxodiaceous pollen cones from the Upper Cretaceous (Horseshoe Canyon Formation) of Drumheller, Alberta.  (Presented at AIBS Meeting, Toronto, Canada, August.)

1989, Upper Cretaceous plants from Drumheller, Alberta. Paleobotany in Canada, status and prospects. (Presented at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, October.)

Awards & Honors

Antarctic Service Medal
2012

Canadian Botanical Society, Honourable Mention, for paper presented
Presented at the Canadian Botanical Association and The Canadian Society of Plant Physiology, Joint Meeting, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1991

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Collaborative Research: Fossil floras of the central Transantarctic Mountains: Integrating paleoecologic, floristic, sedimentologic and paleoclimatic data. E.L. Taylor and J.L. Isbell, PIs; T.N. Taylor and Margaret Frasier, co-PIs (substitute co-PI for T.N. Taylor, Rudolph Serbet), 2008-2011
National Science Foundation Grant, Office of Polar Programs, $295,349

Permineralized plants from the Permian and Triassic of Antarctica: A critical time in seed plant evolution. E.L. Taylor and T.N. Taylor, co-PIs (substitute co-PI for T.N. Taylor, Rudolph Serbet), 2007-2009
National Science Foundation Grant, Office of Polar Programs, $493,319

Fossil Microbes from the Rhynie Chert Lagerstätte, T.N. Taylor (Substitute PI for T.N. Taylor, Rudolph Serbet), Michael Krings, co-PI. 2006-2008
National Science Foundation Grant, $385,000

Geological Society of America Research Grant (#4550-90), April 19, 1990. $500.

National Geographic Society, Scientific Research Grant (#5528-95), June 26, 1995. $3860. 

Funds for travel to professional meetings provided by the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, $150 per year (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995)

Memberships

Botanical Society of America, Paleobotanical Section
International Organisation of Palaeobotany