Bruce Tiffney

Professor Emeritus

PhD- Harvard University, 1977. (Botany) My training bridges geology and botany, as my research and interests lie in the evolution and distribution of plants in geologic time. I teach courses in general paleontology and evolutionary biology, paleobotany, flowering plant systematics, and along with Hank Pitcher in the CCS Art program, courses on flower and landscape painting. On a less predictable schedule, I have led seminars on the history of evolution and the history of geology. While my University position is in the Geology Department, I am active in the CCS biology program, working with students interested in plant biology and evolution, and joining biological colleagues in teaching the introduction to research course to new CCS biology students each Fall. Representative recent publications: - Tiffney, B. H., & S. J. Mazer. 1995. Angiosperm growth habit, dispersal and diversification reconsidered. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 93-117. - Tiffney, B. H. & K. K. Haggard. 1996. Fruits of Mastixioideae (Cornaceae) from the Paleogene of western North America. Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology 92: 29-54. - Haggard, K. K. and B. H. Tiffney. 1997. Flora of the Early Miocene Brandon Lignite, Vermont, USA. VIII. Caldesia (Alismatacee). American Journal of Botany 84: 239-252. - Tiffney, B. H. 2000. Geographic and climatic influences on the Cretaceous and Tertiary history of Euramerican floristic similarity. Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Geologica 44: 5-16. - Enquist, B. J., J. Haskell, B. H. Tiffney & K. J. Niklas. 2001. The evolution of plant communities. IN: Encyclopedia of Biodiversity S. A. Levin, ed. Academic Press, Vol 4: 631-644. - Wang, N. & B. H. Tiffney. 2001. Seeds of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) from the Late Eocene of California. Palaeontographica, Abt. B 259: In Press.