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Dr. James E. Mickle - Professor

Paleobotany and Plant Morphology



Research Interests


My research has focused mainly on "whole-plant” taxonomy of fossil plants, conifer taxonomy and phylogeny, growth and development in fossil plant vegetative organs, angiosperm fossil fruits, taxonomy and biogeography of Carboniferous and Cretaceous plants, and cuticular micromorphology of living cycads. I have concentrated my research on fossil plants from eastern North America and southern Europe, and have been involved in extensive museum work with the University of Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.


Selected Publications

Mickle, J. E., M. R. Barone Lumaga and P. De Luca.  2012.  Stomatal development in aerial axes of Psilotum nudum (Psilotaceae) Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 128 (3/4): 95-98.

Mickle, J. E., M. R. Barone Lumaga, A. Moretti, and P. De Luca.  2011.  Scanning electron microscopy studies of cuticle micromorphology in Cycas L. (Cycadaceae).  Plant Biosystems 145 (1): 191-201.

Mickle, J. E. and P. M. Aune.  2011. A Simple, Inexpensive, Dynamic, & Hands-on Exercise for Prompting Discussion of the Characteristics of Living Things.  American Biology Teacher 73 (3): 164-166.

Bravi, S., M. R. Barone Lumaga, and J. E. Mickle.  2010. Sagaria cilentana gen. et sp. nov., A New Angiosperm Fructification from the Middle Albian of Southern Italy.  Cretaceous Research 31: 285-290.

Mickle, J. E. and P. M. Aune.  2008.  Development of a Laboratory Course in Nonmajors General Biology for Distance Education.  Journal of College Science Teaching 37 (5): 35-39.

Mitra, M. and J. E. Mickle.  2007.  Palynological age assessment of localities (Tar Heel Formation) in North Carolina.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 123 (1): 60 – 64. 
 
Barone Lumaga, M. R., J. E. Mickle, P. De Luca, and A. Moretti.  2006.  I nuovi allestimenti nella sezione di Paleobotanica del Museo dell’Orto Botanico di Napoli. [New exhibits in the Paleobotanical Section of the Museum at the Botanical Garden of Naples.] Delpinoa 48: 37-49.  [Published 2008.]
 
Mickle, J. E., A. Bartiromo and M. R. Barone Lumaga.  2004.  The Carboniferous paleobotanical collection of the “Centro Caprense Ignazio Cerio” (Capri, Italy): a taxonomic revision.  Delpinoa n.s. 46: 107-116. [Published 2006.]
 
DeLuca, P., J. E Mickle, and M. R. Barone Lumaga.  1999 (2000).  Allestimento della sezione di paleobotanica nel museo dell'Orto Botanico di Napoli. [Exhibits in the Paleobotanical Section of the Museum at the Botanical Garden of Naples.] Museologia Scientifica 16 (1): 141 - 147
 
Mickle, J. E. 1996. Grexlupus carolinensis, a new probable lauraceous fruit from the Late Cretaceous of North Carolina. Jour. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 112: 1-6.
 
Delevoryas, T. and J. E. Mickle. 1995. Upper Cretaceous magnoliaceous fruit from British Columbia. Amer. Jour. Bot. 82: 763-768.
 
Mickle, J. E., P. De Luca, M. R. Barone Lumaga, and M. De Matteis Tortora.  1994.  Development of a three-dimensional phylogenetic tree of the plant kingdom at the Orto Botanico, Facoltà di Scienze, Università di Napoli, Italy.  Curator 37(4): 275-279.
 
Mickle, J. E.  1993.  Cuticular micromorphology of Pagiophyllum bladenensis, comb. nov., from the Late Cretaceous of the North Carolina Coastal Plain, U. S. A.  Bull. Torrey Bot. Club.  120(4): 387-391.   
 
Mickle, J. E. and M. Barthel.  1992.  Psaronius-Stämme im Oberkarbon des Kyffhäuser?  [Psaronius stems in the Upper Carboniferous of Kyffhäuser?] Abhandlungen und Berichte des Museums der Natur, Gotha 17: 11-14. 
 
Mickle, J. E.  1990.  A model for teaching mitosis and meiosisAmer. Biol. Teacher 52: 500-503. 
 
Mickle, J. E.  1989.  Notoschizaea  is a synonym of Corynepteris  Baily (Coenopteridales; Carboniferous).  Jour. Paleont. 63:  690-693.  [Erratum]
 
Leary, R. L. and J. E. Mickle.  1989.  Porostrobus nathorstii  sp. nov.: new species of lycopsid cone from the Early Pennsylvanian of Illinois. Amer. Jour. Bot. 76: 1638-1645.
 
Mickle, J. E. and G. W. Rothwell.  1986.  Vegetative and fertile structures of Cyathotheca ventilaria, sp. nov. from the Upper Pennsylvanian of the Appalachian Basin.  Amer. Jour. Bot. 73: 1474-1485.
 
Mickle, J. E.  1984.  Taxonomy of specimens of the Pennsylvanian age marattialean fern Psaronius  from Ohio and Illinois.  Illinois State Museum Sci. Pap. XIX.  64 pp.
 
Mickle, J. E.  1984.  Aspects of growth and development in the Pennsylvanian age marattialean fern Psaronius.  Bot. Gaz. 145: 407-419.
 
Rothwell, G. W. and J. E. Mickle.  1982.  Rhetinotheca patens, n. sp.: a new medullosan pollen organ from the Upper Pennsylvanian of North America.  Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 36: 361-374.
 
Mickle, J. E. and G. W. Rothwell.  1982.  Alethopteris  from the Upper Pennsylvanian of Ohio and Illinois.  Jour. Paleontol. 56: 392-402.
 

Mickle, J. E.  1980.  Ankyropteris  from the Pennsylvanian of eastern Kentucky.  Bot. Gaz. 141: 230-243.
 
Mickle, J. E.  1977.  A comparison of cover and distribution of corticolous macro-epiphytes in three woodlots in and north of Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio Jour. Sci. 77: 146-148.