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

Happening now: The lab is engaged in a new, cutting-edge NSF project, Origins of Southeast Asian Rainforests from Paleobotany and Machine Learning, involving colleagues at PSU, Cornell, Brown, MEF, and around the world.

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I use fossil plants to investigate ancient ecosystems, past 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 Patagonia, 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, 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.


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