Palynology Holdings

Fossil pollen grain, Momipites jpg

Fossil pollen grain from Eocene rocks (55 million years old) from west-central Florida. Photo by D.M.Jarzen

The Palynology collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History are many and diverse. The collection was started in earnest in 1997 with the hiring of D.M. Jarzen on staff as Collection Manager for the Paleobotany and Palynology section. The various components of the collection are itemized below.

The John F. Grayson Library: Received as a donation to D.M. Jarzen through the courtesy of the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, the library consists of about 10,000 reprints, books, maps, and other materials associated with the career of John Grayson (Pan American Petroleum Corporation, Tulsa, OK). Since the establishment of the Grayson Library, other palynologists have donated part or all of their collections to the Florida Museum. These include the Dan Beju Library of mostly dinoflagellate papers numbering about 800, The Evan Kidson LibraryS.A.J. Pocock Photographic Collection and the Don Engelhardt Library of more than 6,000 entries of papers, reprints, books and reports.

The Modern Pollen Reference Collection includes 7,500 prepared slides of pollen and spores of primarily tropical regions of the world, used as reference material in palynologic analysis of Paleogene, Neogene and younger fossil assemblages. Included, is a fine collection of 600, Orchidaceae pollinia received as a donation from Dr. Pamela Burns Balogh. The Florida Museum Modern Pollen Reference Collection stands as one of the 5 largest collections of reference pollen material. Other additions to the pollen and spore reference collection include donations from Satish Srivastava, David Dilcher, Paul & Hazel Delcourt, Al Loeblich, Warren Drugg, Gretchen Jones, Vaughn Bryant and David & Susan Jarzen.

Fossil Localities: Collections of prepared slides and unprocessed samples from fossil localities add to the value of the palynology collections. These collections include material from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic age rocks, as well as recent material from lake sediments in Florida and the Caribbean. Much of the prepared material is preserved on microscope slides and scanning electron microscope stubs. Geographically the material covers all continental lands and oceanic regions. Most of this material has been donated to the Florida Museum by D.M. Jarzen, with other collections received fromD.L. Dilcher, S. Srivastava, S.R. Manchester, and John F. Grayson.

Photographic Collection: A modest collection of about 4,500, 35mm, color transparencies of localities, pollen and spore forms, and other items accompanies the palynology collections. These slides have been donated to the Florida Museum by D.M. Jarzen. The photographic collection is being digitized to increase its utility.

Use of the collections may be made by contacting Hongshan Wang, Collection Manager, Paleobotany and Palynology.