Andrew E. Kasper


Our research focuses on the morphology, anatomy, systematics and evolution of extinct vascular plants from the Devonian geological period. Current projects involve the description of fossil floras from Maine and the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada. Emphasis is on the discovery and description of fossil plant species belonging to the rhyniophytes, zosterophylls, trimerophytes and progymnosperms.

Current research projects

Systematics and description of Devonian-age plant fossils from southeastern Maine, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada.


Ph.D. in Paleobotany, University of Connecticut, 1970.


Kasper, A.E. (1980) Plant fossils (psilophytes) from the Devonian Trout Valley Formation of Baxter State Park. In: A Guidebook to the Geology of Northeastern Maine and Neighboring New Brunswick. (Roy, D. and Naylor, R.,eds.). Boston College Press, Boston, pp. 127-141.

Kasper, A.E. and Forbes, W.H. (1983) An early occurrence of Psilophyton from the Upper Silurian/Lower Devonian Fish River Lake Formation in northern Maine. Am. J. Bot. 70: 72.

Kasper, A.E. (1988) Plant paleontology in the State of Maine--A Review. In: Studies in Maine Geology, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, Vol. I, pp. 109-128.

Gensel, P.G. and Kasper, A.E.  (2005).  A new species of the Devonian lycopod genus, Leclercqia, from teh Emsian of New Brunswick, Canada.  Review of Paleobotany and Palynology 137(3-4): 105-123.