Peter Wilf | Penn State Paleobotany
Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA, pwilf (, +1 814-865-6721

I use fossil plants to investigate ancient ecosystemspast environmental change, biogeography, and the evolution and extinction of plants and plant-insect associations. I emphasize questions with relevance for modern climate change, biodiversity, biogeography, conservation, and ecology. Significant field areas include Patagonian Argentina, Western Interior USA, several SE Asian countries, and southeastern Pennsylvania. I am also a proud Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-1999.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1998.
B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1985.

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2022.
Wilson Award for Excellence in Research, Penn State College of Earth & Mineral Sciences 2022.
Fellow, Paleontological Society 2017.
Fellow, Geological Society of America 2016.
Paul F. Robertson Research Breakthrough of the Year Award, Penn State College of Earth & Mineral Sciences 2016.
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.