The Research Center for Coal Geology and Environmental Sciences focuses
on Coal Geology (in Romanian: Centrul pentru Geologia Zacamintelor
de Carbuni si Protectia Mediului), Environmental Sciences, fossil
plant systematics, taxonomy, phytostratigraphy, and paleoecology.
It is a small group of research that strives for survival in spite
of all epistemological and financial odds, centered around the Department
of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University
of Bucharest. The Center takes its pride in doing its duty in a country
that is a true bonanza for Coal Geology, Environmental Sciences and
Paleobotany. The material under research is usually collected from
Romania, but foreign material is also under current study as well.
Members of the Center are represented by Faculty members, graduate
and undergraduate students of University of Bucharest. The Center
is located in the Department of Geology and Paleontology, Laboratory
of Paleontology, 1, Balcescu Ave., Bucharest.
The aims of our Center are linked to research, and to the promotion
for education, of coals, environment and macro- and micro- fossil
plants from Romania or from other countries, for a better understanding
of their Geology and Paleobotany (systematics, taxonomy, paleoecology
and stratigraphy) and to provide tools for a better exploitation of
coal resources in Romania or abroad. The Center focuses on Geology,
Coal Geology, Environment Science and Paleobotany & Palynology
as its main fields of expertise. The Faculty members of the Paleobotany
Research Group also accomplish a strong educational activity, by developing
curricula in Geology, Coal Geology, Ecology, Paleobotany and Palynology
for undergraduate and graduate students in Geology, Geography and
The Center was created by the late Professor Nicolae Ticleanu, faculty
member of the Department of Geology and Paleontology, University of
Bucharest. His death in 2009 was a tragic loss not only for the Center,
but for the whole geological community in Romania. We lost not only
a highly skilled professional and teacher, but a great friend too.
MEMBERS OF THE RESEARCH CENTER
FOR COAL GEOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
1. Assoc. Professor Mihai E. POPA, faculty member,
Director of the Center;
2. Assoc. Professor Doru BADESCU, faculty member, Deputy
Director of the Center;
3. Raluca M. POPA, collaborator and
RESEARCH PROJECTS OF THE CENTER
1. PNII-PC nr. 31-063/14.09.2007:
DIVERSITATEA GEOLOGICA A PALEOZOICULUI SUPERIOR DIN ROMANIA SI RELATIA
CU SCHIMBARILE CLIMATICE GLOBALE (Paleoclim), PI: Mihai E. Popa (2007-2010);
2. PNII-Idei nr. 436/1.10.2007: ECOSISTEME
TERESTRE DE VARSTA JURASIC TIMPURIE DIN ROMANIA, PI: Mihai E. Popa (2007-2010).
Marie Curie Excellence Research Project, PI: Jennifer McElwain, University
College Dublin (2006-2010).
4 . PNII-PC nr. 56 /14.09.2007: MACROZONAREA SEISMICA A TERITORIULUI
ROMANIEI, FUNDAMENTATA PE INTENSITATI MACROSEISMICE REEVALUATE, COROBORATE
CU DATE GEOLOGICE SI GEOFIZICE COMPLEXE, PI: Doru Badescu, (2007-2010).
5. BAZE DE DATE PALEOBOTANICE SI ANTRACOLOGICE, proiect
EQUIPMENT OF THE CENTER
Equipment associated with the Laboratory of Paleobotany and Palynology
1. Waldner HF fume hood for all types of macerations using
strong acids, accomplying to all acid standards, including HF standards;
2. Hettich EBA 20 Analytical centrifuge;
3. Carl Zeiss Axioscope A1 transmitted (optical) light microscope with:
- fluorescence capability (HBO 50 source)
- high quality Carl Zeiss objectives (N-Achroplan, A-Plan, EC-Plan-Neofluar)
for bright field, contrast phase and fluorescence microscopy;
- Canon Powershot A640 attached digital camera (first camera);
4. Carl Zeiss Stemi 2000C dissecting microscope with PCL 1500 LCD light
- Canon Powershot A640 attached digital camera (second camera);
5. Carl Zeiss Stemi GZS dissecting microscope;
6. An Acer graphic station computer with Axiovision software for image
aquisition, processing, analysis and archive (Axiovision Extended Focus
and Asset Archive modules), connected to the Canon digital cameras of
both Carl Zeiss microscopes;
7. The Mihai E. Popa Paleobotany and Palynology library, including more
than 6000 titles in Paleobotany, Palynology and Coal Geology, recorded
with Endnote ver. X5 reference manager;
8. Computers (Acer stations), laptops (Fujitsu-Siemens, Acer), printers
(Sharp AR-M276, Lexmark E120), scanners (Canon, Epson), etc.
9. Digital cameras:
- Panasonic DMC-L10 with Leica D Vario Elmar 1:3,8-5,6 / 14-50 mm zoom
- Panasonic DMC-FZ18 with super-tele capability (18x optical zoom),
- Canon Powershot S3-IS with supermacro capability and 15x optical zoom.
10. Coal, Paleobotany and Palynology collections.
Carl Zeiss transmitted light and dissecting microscopes of the Center.
Waldner fume hood accomplying all acid standards in the Laboratory of
Paleobotany and Palynology.
Cuticle and spores and pollen preparations in the Laboratory of Paleobotany
Former undergraduate and graduate students associated
1. Mihai E. Popa: Olimpia Negurici, Alice Pandele, Ciprian Florescu,
Bogdan Draganescu, Adrian Munteanu, Marius Miroiu, Andreea Zaharia,
Bogdan Savescu, Rascov Milan, Mirela Sandu, Paula Androne, Valentin
Boian, Victor Dinu, Valentina Fodolica-Cirimbei, Angela Toma, Bona Beca,
Daphne Dimopolos, Elena Calarasu, Gabriela Burghelea, Madalina Ciupercianu,
Dragos Voiculet, Berta Matei and many others.
Center's twin website, part of the University of Bucharest website;
- University of Bucharest website;
- Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest website;