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Peter Wilf

Professor of Geosciences and Biology
Peter Wilf


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1998

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1985


Postdoctoral Training

Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-1999


Honors and Awards

Distinguished Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2014

George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, 2013

The Paleontological Society, Councilor Unrestricted, 2012-2014

Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2011

Distinguished Lecturer, The Paleontological Society, 2009-2012

David and Lucile Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering, 2005-2010

John T. Ryan, Jr. Faculty Fellow, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 2005-2008

Michigan Fellow, University of Michigan, 1999-2002


Research Interests

Paleobotany and Global Change

I use fossil plants to investigate ancient ecosystems, past environmental change, and the evolution and extinction of plants and plant-insect associations. I emphasize questions with relevance for modern climate change, biodiversity, biogeography, and ecological processes. Significant field areas include Patagonia, Western Interior USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Panama, and southeastern Pennsylvania.