My research is focused on Cretaceous and Tertiary floras of North and South America with emphasis on evolution aspects of the flowering plants.
Up today, I am collaborating with Drs. Crepet and Nixon in the taxonomy of one of the richest paleofloras of Turonian age known as the "Raritan Paleoflora". This paleoflora is characterized by the superb preservation of the plant structure allowing the observation of cell-by-cell details. With my colleagues from Ohio University, Penn State, and Smithsonian Institution (USA) and the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (MEF) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), we are continuing the study of two of the richest Eocene paleofloras of the Southern Hemisphere (The Laguna del Hunco Tufolitas and the Rio Pichileufu floras). I have now expanded my research into two paleofloras of Chubut (La Colonia and Lefipan Formation floras) Patagonia that were deposited during the K/T boundary.
I am also working on the digitalization of the Cornell University Plant Anatomy Collection (CUPAC) as part of my research on the development of the Plant Ontology.
Cúneo, N. R., and M. A. Gandolfo. 2005. Angiosperm leaves from the Kachaike Formation, Lower Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 136 (1-2): 29-47.
Gandolfo, M. A., and N. R. Cúneo. 2005. Fossil Nelumbonaceae from the La Colonia Formation (Maastrichtian- Campanian, Upper Cretaceous), Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 133 (3-4): 169-178.
Gandolfo, M.A., K.C. Nixon, and W.L. Crepet. 2004. The oldest complete fossil flowers of Nymphaeaceae and implications for the complex insect entrapment pollination mechanisms in Early Angiosperms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 101 (21): 8056-8060.
Gandolfo, M. A., Nixon, K. C., and Crepet, W. L. 2002. Triuridaceae fossil flowers from the Upper Cretaceous of New Jersey. American Journal of Botany 89 (12): 271-314.
Gandolfo, M. A., Nixon , K. C., and Crepet, W. L. Studies on Turonian Pinaceae of the Raritan Formation, New Jersey. Plant Systematics and Evolution 226: 187-203.
Gandolfo, M. A., K. C. Nixon, and W. L. Crepet. Monocotyledons: A review of their Early Cretaceous record. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons. K. Wilson and D. Morrison (eds.) Pp. 44-52. Sydney, Australia.
Gandolfo, M. A., K. C. Nixon, W.L. Crepet, D. W. Stevenson, and E. M. Friis. Oldest known fossil flowers of monocotyledons. Nature 394: 532-533.
The main focus of my teaching is Plant Anatomy. During 2008 I developed a new course dedicated to the histology of plant model organisms that it will be offer for first time during 2009 Fall Semester