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David Dilcher

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Professor Emeritus of Biology
Contact Information
By telephone: 812-856-0618
Geology, S 209

B.S. Natural History, University of
Minnesota, 1958

Ph.D. Biology and Geology, Yale University, 1964


Guggenheim Fellow, 1972 and 1987
NAS, 1989
Doctor Causus Honorus, Lyon University, France, 2007
Outstanding Contributions in Paleobotany, BSIP, Lucknow, India 2008
Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Minnesota, 2009
National Friendship Award, People’s Republic of China, 2009
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011 

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2014

Honory Fellow, Indian Botanical Society, 2012

Distinguished Scholar, Indiana Academy of Science, 2012


Research Description

Plant evolution with special interest in the reproductive biology of land plants as revealed through the fossil record and observed in living plants.  The fossil record of the origin and evolution of flowering plants and their co-adaptive radiations  and biotic environments that promoted their evolution.  Angiosperm diversity through time and  their past and present biogeographic distributions as understood historically. 

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