Event Date

February 2, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Lunchtime Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

When flowering plants took over the world: New insights into the changing structure of forests during the Cretaceous

A (Virtual) Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Dori Contreras

Please join Dr. Dori Contreras as she discusses her research and how it fits into the broader picture of plant evolution. No prior fossil plant background needed as Dr. Contreras will provide a general introduction to paleobotany and the timeframe of plant evolution, with an emphasis on when and where flowering plants evolved and how they spread.

Dr. Contreras is Curator of Paleobotany at Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Before joining the Perot Museum, Contreras was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley working on using fossils and living plants to reconstruct the relationships and timing of evolution for vascular land plants. Dr. Contreras is on Twitter at @DLContreras.

composite photographs of a variety of plant fossils
Fossil plants from the Cretaceous flora (Credit: Dori Contreras)


This virtual lecture was broadcast live on YouTube.

You can watch a recording and read the live chat session at https://youtu.be/OEY37MUVG6E.


About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Lunchtime Lectures and Research Seminars. Lunchtime Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons (**Now held virtually until further notice***). Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public. Please watch this page and our social media channels for announcements of upcoming Lunchtime Lectures and Researcher Seminars.