Mihai's Paleobotany Chronicles

Library of Prof. Mihai Emilian Popa (MEP Library)

The scientific library of Prof. Mihai Emilian Popa (MEP Library) is based at the Geology Department, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest. Doubles of the library are stored at the Dilcher-Popa Field Laboratory in Bigar, Berzasca Commune, Caras-Severin County.

The library includes books (some of them rare and old Palaeobotany books), reprints and periodicals mainly, next to other items (Popa, 2011), stored in custom designed book shelves. A large part of the references, especially the reprint collection, is stored in cardboard boxes arranged alphabetically and related to Geological and Palaeontological fields. The library includes mainly fossil and living plant systematics, stratigraphy, palaeoecology and ecology literature, as well as geological literature.

Topics of the library:
1. Palaeobotany of the world (Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Tertiary): systematics, stratigraphy, palaeoecology, palaeogeography, theory;
2. Palynology of the world (Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Tertiary): systematics, stratigraphy, palaeoecology, palaeogeography, theory;
3. Botany: systematics, ecology, geography, theory;
4. Geology: Geology of the South Carpathians, Geology of the world (mainly Greenland, China, North America, Eastern Europe), Coal Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Historical Geology, etc;
5. Evolution of the five kingdoms.

Items of the library:
1. books (books, photographic and palaeoart albums, field guides, abstract volumes, etc.);
2. periodicals and special issues;
3. reprints;
4. scientific reports (geological, palaeontological);
5. theses (graduation theses, dissertation theses, PhD theses);
6. maps (geological, topographical, mining maps);
7. photographic slides;
8. photographic negatives;
9. photographic prints (some framed);
10. CDs and DVDs;
11. The hand specimens cards of the MEP Collection;
12. The drawers cards of the MEP Collection.

Databases of the library:
1. MEP main library database, the main ENDNOTE file, recording all items of the library, together will all their associated PDF files. The ENDNOTE database is also systematics oriented, recording also genera and species of the literature held (Popa, 2011), in order to speed-up the data mining and to simplify the identification of fossils of all sorts and ages;
2. The systematic database, recorded on physical files, using genus and species cards;
3. Personal physical files and notebooks, including the field notebooks recording all worked outcrops;
4. Correspondence Outlook back-up files dating back with 2001;
5. Digital photographical collection.

Popa, M.E., 2011. Field and laboratory techniques in plant compressions: an integrated approach. Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae 7, 279-283.