Samar El-Abdallah

Lecturer - Botany

I grew up in Southern California, spending most summers in Lebanon. I got my associate degree from Citrus College in Azusa, California and my bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt), California. I am currently finishing up my master’s thesis with Dr. Mihai Tomescu as my research advisor and will defend Fall of 2023.

Specialty Area

Devonian fossil plants, plant anatomy, plant morphology, morphometrics


Associate of Science in Biological/Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Citrus College
Bachelors of Science in Botany - Humboldt State University

Courses Taught

BOT 105 General Botany BOT 330 Plant Ecology


My current research investigates methods of reconstructing models of early vascular plants from an Early Devonian fossil locality in northern Wyoming while also characterizing the zosterophyll diversity.


El-Abdallah, S.R., A.G. Kammet, K.K.S. Matsunaga, S.Y. Smith and A.M.F. Tomescu. 2022. Resolving the anatomy of sclerified mature conifer seed cones – complementarity among three methods. Publicacion Electronica de la Associacion Paleontologica Argentina:

Marshall, J.E.A., P. Holterhoff, S.R. El-Abdallah, K.K.M. Matsunaga, A.W. Bronson, and A.M.F. Tomescu. 2022. The archaeopterid forests of Wyoming: flora and depositional environment of the Upper Devonian (lower Frasnian) Maywood Formation. International Journal of Plant Sciences: 183(6) 465-492