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Charles Good, Associate Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. (Botany) Ohio University
M.S. (Biology) University of Illinois
B.S. (Biology) University of Illinois

Contact Information:

Office: Science Building
Phone: 419-995-8451
Email: good.6@osu.edu
Mailing address:
4240 Campus Dr.
Lima, OH 45804

Dr. Good joined the faculty at OSU-Lima in 1974.  He has taught Introductory Biology and Introductory Plant Chemical and Molecular Biology courses.  Although retired, he continues to be active on campus. 


Dr. Good's research specialty is Paleozoic fossil plants, particularly petrified plants in rocks known as "coal balls" obtained from coal seams.  He published the first paper that described coal ball fossils from Ohio.  While at the Lima Campus he was the sole principle investigator of record for an N.S.F. research grant in which all the research was conducted at the Lima Campus.  Occasionally to the dismay of the maintenance staff here, he has shipped to and stored at the Lima Campus many tons of fossiliferous rock.  He has published a number of single and dual authored research papers on fossil plants in well respected peer reviewed journals.


1970 C. W. Good and T. N. Taylor. On the structure of Cordaites felicis Benson from the Lower Pennsylvanian of North America. Palaeontology 13: 29-39.

1971 C. W. Good. The ontogeny of Carboniferous articulates: Calamite leaves and twigs. Palaeontographica B, 133: 137-158. 1971 C. W. Good. The ontogeny of Carboniferous articulates: Calamostachys binneyana. Botanical Gazette 132: 337-346

1972 C. W. Good and T. N. Taylor. The ontogeny of Carboniferous articulates: The apex of Sphenophyllum. American Journal of Botany 59: 617-626

1973 C. W. Good. Studies of Sphenophyllum shoots: Species delimitation within the taxon Sphenophyllum. American Journal of Borany 60: 929-939

1974 C. W. Good and T. N. Taylor. The establishment of Elaterites triferens spores in Calamocarpon insignis microsporangia. Transactions Amnerican Microscopical Society 93: 148-151

1974 C. W. Good and T. N. Taylor. Structurally preserved plants from the Pennsylvanian (Monongahela Series) of southeastern Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science 74: 287-290

1975 C. W. Good and T. N. Taylor. The morphology and systematic position of Calamitean elater bearing spores. Geoscience and Man 11: 133-139

1975 C. W. Good. Pennsylvanian age calamitean cones, elater bearing spores, and associated vegetative organs. Palaeontographica B, 153: 28-99

1976 C. W. Good. The anatomy and three dimensional morphology of Annularia hoskinsii sp. n. American Journal of Botany 63: 719-725

1977 C. W. Good. Taxonomic and stratigraphic significance of the dispersed spore genus Calamospora. Geobotany. Plenum Publishing Co. pp. 43-64.

1978 C. W. Good. Taxonomic characteristics of sphenophyllalean cones. American Journal of Botany 65: 86-97.

1979 C. W. Good. Botryopteris pinnules with abaxial sporangia. American Journal of Botany 66: 19-25.

1981 C. W. Good. A petrified fern sporangium from the British Carboniferous. Palaeontology 24: 483-492

1892 C. W. Good, Gar W. Rothwell, and Thomas N. Taylor. A new Stephanospermum from the appalachian basin of North America. Rev. Palaeobotany and Palynology 36: 231-240

1985 T. N. Taylor, C. W. Good, and G. W. Rothwell. A new species of Conostoma from the Lower Pennsylvanian of North America. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 53: 45-51

1988 C. W. Good and G. W. Rothwell. A reinterpretation of the paleozoic fern Norwoodia angustum. Review of Paleobotany and Palynology 56: 199-210

1999 C. W. Good, G. Gasparich, D. Wenzel, K Murray. Test item file for Biology Life On Earth 5th edition. 668p. Prentice Hall,ISBM 0-13-081044-4

2000 C. W. Good, T. Knoedler, K. Lajtha, K. M. Steinert, E. Suchman, C. Tachibara. Test item file for Biology, A Guide to the Natural World. Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-02-366893-8. 342 pages.

2000 G. Gasparich, C. Good, D. Wenzel, K. Murray. Test item file for Life On Earth 2nd edition. Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-012678-0. 462 pages.

2000 G. W. Rothwell and C. W. Good. Reconstructing the Pennsylvanian-age filicalean fern Botryopteris tridentata (Felix) Scott. Int. J. Plant Sci. 161(3):495-507