The Center for Excellence in Palynology (CENEX) was established by the Louisiana State University and the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP-The Palynological Society) in 1993 to promote research and mentoring in palynology. One of our main foci is to train the next generation of palynologists to fill the demand in academia, in the oil and gas industry, in forensic labs, and with various governmental agencies such as DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

CENEX conducts paleo-environmental research literally around the world, including Antarctica, focusing mostly on Mesozoic/Cenozoic marine sequences.

CENEX has one of the largest palynological libraries with reprints and books including many rare volumes on taxonomy. The center also hosts collections of over 200,000 slides donated from various companies such as SHELL, AMOCO, and CHEVRON, in addition to CENEX own ongoing research collections. As of 2021, CENEX now offers palynological analyses of bee pellets and honey via its new cost center.

For inquiries about our program, contact:
Sophie Warny
, PhD | CENEX Director

AASP Chair, Professor of Palynology & Curator
Department of Geology and Geophysics & Museum of Natural Science
Louisiana State University

E235 Howe Russell Geoscience Complex, Baton Rouge, La  70803

swarny@lsu.edu | www.geol.lsu.edu/warny

For further information, please visit this website or read this article on the making of CENEX.