Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring, School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (2020)
  • Elective Fellow, Linnean Society of London (2020)
  • Member, Sigma Xi (2019)
  • Future Leaders in Paleontology, Paleontological Society (2019)
  • Stephen Jay Gould Award, Paleontological Society (2019)
  • Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Award, Botanical Society of America (2019)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship - Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (2018)
  • Antoinette Lierman Medlin Award, Geological Society of America - Energy Geology Division (2018)
  • Rose Undergraduate Research Award, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
  • Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
  • Distinction in Earth Science, University of Pennsylvania (2015)

Education & Certifications

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, Geology (2015)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Land plant evolution decreased, rather than increased, weathering rates GEOLOGY D'Antonio, M. P., Ibarra, D. E., Boyce, C. 2020; 48 (1): 29–33

    View details for DOI 10.1130/G46776.1

    View details for Web of Science ID 000505235200008

  • Arborescent lycopsid periderm production was limited. The New phytologist D'Antonio, M. P., Boyce, C. K. 2020


    Late Paleozoic arborescent lycopsids have been thought to have grown from sporelings into large trees through the production of a periderm cylinder, particularly massive in the proximal portion of the trunk and tapering distally, with this rind of bark providing most of their structural support. Here, we argue that physiological limitations would have prohibited the production of thick periderm and test this hypothesis using multiple independent lines of evidence derived from anatomical permineralization and surface impression fossils that allow both direct and indirect measurement of periderm radial thickness. Across all six genera of Pennsylvanian arborescent lycopsids that were investigated, all evidence indicates limited periderm production: typically less than 5 cm, always less than 15 cm, even in trunks that would have reached a meter or more in diameter. The large amount of arborescent lycopsid periderm in Middle Pennsylvanian coals represents taphonomic enrichment rather than a true anatomical signal, complicating interpretation of their biology including biomechanics and early ontogeny.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/nph.16727

    View details for PubMedID 32506426