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Dr Aleksei Oskolski

Associate Professor
Name: Aleksei Oskolski
Location: D2 LAB 235 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Curriculum Vitae Aleksei Oskolski

About Prof Aleksei Oskolski

Aleksei Oskolski is an Associate Professor at the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology.  He also has a part time appointment as Leading Researcher at the Komarov Botanical Institute (St.Petersburg, Russia).  Before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2014, he held various research, teaching and journalism positions in St.Petersburg, Hamburg, and London. Aleksei’s research interests are mainly focused on structural diversity of wood, bark and flowers within selected plant groups in relation to their evolution, biogeography and ecology. His favourite group is the plant order Apiales. Aleksei also carried out the pioneering studies of fossil woods from the Paleogene and Neogene of China.

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Plant anatomy and morphology, paleobotany
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List of publications (20 most recent)Oskolski A.A., D.D. Sokoloff, B.-E. Van Wyk. 2010. False paracarpy in Seemannaralia (Araliaceae): from bilocular ovary to unilocular fruit. Annals of Botany 106(1): 29-36.

Oskolski A.A., B.-E. Van Wyk. 2010. Wood and bark anatomy of Centella: scalariform perforation plates support an affinity with the subfamily Mackinlayoideae (Apiaceae). Plant Syst. Evol. 289 (3-4): 127-135.

Nuraliev M.S., D.D. Sokoloff, A.A. Oskolski. 2011. Floral anatomy of Asian Schefflera (Araliaceae, Apiales): comparing variation of flower groundplan and vascular patterns. Int. J. Plant Sci. 172 (6): 735-762.

Oskolski A.A., T.M. Kodrul, Jin Jian-Hua. 2012. New species of Altingioxylon from Hainan and its implications for historical biogeography of Altingiaceae. Plant Syst. Evol. 298: 661-669.

Feng X.-X.; A.A. Oskolski, J. Jin. 2012.  Eocene dicotyledonous wood, Bischofia maomingensis sp. nov. from Maoming Basin, South China. Rev. Palaeobot. Palyn. 174: 101-105.

Villiers B. de, A.A. Oskolski, P. Tilney, B.-E. van Wyk. 2012. Wood anatomy of Cussonia and Seemannaralia (Araliaceae) with systematic and ecological implications. IAWA J. 33(2): 163-186.

Kotina E.L., B.-E. Van Wyk, P.M. Tilney, A.A. Oskolski. 2012.  The systematic significance of bark structure in southern African genera of tribe Heteromorpheae (Apiaceae). Bot. J. Linnean Soc. 169(4): 677-691

Oskolski A.A., Feng X.-X. & J.-H. Jin. 2013. Myrtineoxylon gen. nov.: The first fossil wood record of the tribe Myrteae (Myrtaceae) in eastern Asia. Taxon 62 (4): 771-778.

Kotina E.L., A.A. Oskolski, A.V. Stepanova, P.M. Tilney, B.-E. Van Wyk. 2013. Notes on the taxonomic and ecological significance of bark structure in the genus Virgilia (Fabaceae, Podalyrieae). South African Journal of Botany, 89 (1): 240-243.

Stepanova A.V., A.A. Oskolski, P.M. Tilney, B.-E. Van Wyk. 2013. Wood anatomy of the tribe Podalyrieae (Fabaceae, Papilionoideae): Diversity and evolutionary trends.  South African Journal of Botany, 89 (1): 244-256.

Kotina E.L., P. Fiaschi, G.M. Plunkett, A.A. Oskolski. 2013. Systematic and ecological wood anatomy of Neotropical Schefflera (Araliaceae), with an emphasis on the Didymopanax group. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (3): 452-475.

Nuraliev M.S., G.V. Degtjareva, D.D. Sokoloff, A.A. Oskolski, T.H. Samigullin, C.M. Valiejo-Roman. 2014. Flower morphology and relationships of Schefflera subintegra (Araliaceae, Apiales): an evolutionary step towards extreme floral polymery. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 175: 553-597.

Oskolski A.A., A.V. Stepanova, J.S. Boatwright, P.M. Tilney, B.-E. Van Wyk. 2014. A survey of wood anatomical characters in the tribe Crotalarieae (Fabaceae). South African Journal of Botany 94:155-165.

Feng X.-X., Jin J., Liao W., A.A. Oskolski. 2015. Wood of Pahudioxylon (Fabaceae) from the Miocene of Jialai-Nanbao basin, Hainan island, South China. International Journal of Plant Sciences 176 (5): 486-498.

Kotina E.L., A.V. Stepanova, A.A. Oskolski, P.M. Tilney, B.-E. Van Wyk. 2015. Crystal types and their distribution in the bark of African genistoid legumes (Fabaceae tribes Sophoreae, Podalyrieae, Crotalarieae and Genisteae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 620-632.

Oskolski, A.A., M. von Balthazar, Y.M. Staedler, A.B. Shipunov. 2015. Inflorescence and floral morphology of Haptanthus hazlettii (Buxaceae, Buxales). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 179 (1): 190-200.

Li Y.-J.,  A.A. Oskolski, F.M.B. Jacques, Zhou Z.-K. 2015. New middle Miocene fossil wood of Wataria (Malvaceae) from Southwest China. IAWA Journal 36 (3): 345-357.

Feng X.-X., Oskolski A.A., Liu X.-Y., Liao W.-B. & J.-H. Jin. 2015. A new record of Agathoxylon from the Tertiary of South China. IAWA Journal. 36(3): 338-344.

Panahi M., Ł. Banasiak, M. Piwczyński, R. Puchałka, A.A. Oskolski & K.Spalik. 2015. Phylogenetic relationships among Dorema, Ferula and Leutea (Apiaceae, Scandiceae, Ferulinae) inferred from nrDNA ITS and cpDNA noncoding sequences. Taxon 64(4): 770-783.

Oskolski A.A. 2015. Cenozoic Araucariaceae in the Northern hemisphere: decline and recovery. Wulfenia 22: 261-264.