Peter Wilf | Penn State Paleobotany
Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.
email: pwilf (; phone: +1 814-865-6721; fax: +1 814-863-7823

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.

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Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-1999

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

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

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.


Rebecca Wilf, Paleo-Illustrations

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