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Dori Lynne Contreras
Looy Lab

Dori Lynne Contreras


Phone: (510) 642-1449

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Dori is a graduate student working at the interface of paleobotany and tropical ecology to understand the functional evolution of rainforests. Her research focuses on the late Mesozoic and uses a combination of paleo and extant techniques to investigate the ecological roles of angiosperms and gymnosperms in fossil plant assemblages from tropical paleo-climates.


Contreras, D.L., I.A.P. Duijnstee, S.L. Ranks, C.R. Marshall, C.V. Looy. 2017. The evolution of dispersal strategies in conifers: convergence and divergence in the morphology of diaspores. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 24:93−117.  Read it