PALYNOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Palynological research began at the
University of Arizona in 1956 in the Geochronology Laboratories under
the direction of
Terah L. Smiley.
The Geochronology Laboratories were on Tumamoc Hill,
west of Tucson, Arizona,
and they housed two Palynologists of rather different backgrounds and interests:
Paul S. Martin, and
Gerhardt Kremp. Also present was
who helped coin the term
By 1962, two more palynologists had joined the Geochronology Laboratories --
Lucy Cranwell Smith
-- and Tucson had become a world center for palynological research.
In 1969 the Geochronology Program became part of the
Department of Geosciences.
Over the next 3 decades, many palynologists called Tucson "home:"
Mary Kay O'Rourke,
and Nicea Wilder.
In 1985 the palynology laboratories moved from Tumamoc Hill to
the UofA Campus, where instruction and research by
University of Arizona palynologists
dissertations and theses
have been completed since 1956.
First International Pollen Congress, April 23-27, 1962
Fourth AASP Meeting, Oct. 13-16, 1971
Theses & Dissertations
Actual Photo of UofA Paleo Professor of Palynology
Owen Davis 2/99