Interests: Palynology; Paleoethnobotany; Coprolite Analysis; Quaternary Studies; Middle East; South America; North America
Dr. Bryant's professional interests include palynology (the
study of pollen grains) and paleoethnobotany (the study of
how past cultures used plants). He is also the Director of
the Texas A&M Palynology Laboratory and the Paleoethnobotany
Dr. Bryant has an active research program that includes the
reconstruction of past environments, pollen studies from underwater
shipwrecks, searches for the origins of agriculture, the reconstruction
of prehistoric diets, and studies of the cultural uses of
plants from pollen evidence recovered in the soils in archaeological
Most graduate students working under his direction conduct
research focused around data recovered from the collection
of pollen, phytoliths (plant crystals), seeds, fibers, and
wood from terrestrial and underwater sites.
Graduate students from other departments work with Dr. Bryant
in research areas that include
- forensics (pollen found at crime scenes),
- melissopalynology (pollen in honey),
- entomopalynology (insects and pollen), and
- studies of fossil pollen recovered from Tertiary sediments.
Dr. Bryant teaches courses in a number of undergraduate
and graduate fields, and he is listed in the Community of
Science Expertise Directory.