Indiana University Bloomington

David L. Dilcher

David L. Dilcher

Emeritus Professor, Department of Geological Sciences

Paleobotany

Office:   S209 Geology
Phone:
Email: dilcher@indiana.edu

 

Educational Background

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

M.A. 1960, Botany, Zoology, Geology, University of Minnesota

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

Research Interests

Geological Sciences, Paleobotany, Plant Evolution, Paleoclimate, Origins of the Angiosperms, Atmospheric CO2 and Climate History, Paleocene Phytogeography, Plant-Animal Coevolution

Awards and Honors

Special Honors

1964-65, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Senckenberg Museum, Germany

1972-73, Guggenheim Fellow, Giessen, Germany, Imperial College, London, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

1978-88, Guggenheim Fellow, British Museum of Natural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1989, Elected, Member of the American National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA

2007, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Honoris Causa, from Lyon University, Lyon, France

2009, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Honoris Causa, from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

2009, National Friendship Award given by the Central Government of People's Republic of China for contributions and dedication to China

Honors

1981, Elected Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science

1982, Elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

1986, Selected as a Visiting Scholar by The Committee on Scholarly Exchange to The People's Republic of China, by the National Academy of Science of the United States of America

1987-88, Sonneborn Award, Indiana University for combining both Distinguished Teaching and Research

1988, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of Adelaide, Australia

1990, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany Visiting Scholar, Lucknow India

1991, Merit Award in recognition of outstanding Research and Service given by the Botanical Society of America

1990, Corresponding Member of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, Frankfurt, Germany

1998, Honorary Professor, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Academia Sinica, Nanjing, China

1998, Received the University of Florida PEP (Professorial Excellence Program) award.

2001, Honorary Professor, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

2005, Honorary Professor, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

2006, Changbaishan Friendship Award, Government of Jilin Province, China

2006, Botanical Society of America Centennial Award

2006, Palaeobotanical Society International Medal for outstanding contributions to Palaeobotany, Lucknow, India.

2004, Research Foundation Professor, University of Florida

2011, Honorary Dean of the College of Paleontology, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China

Positions held

1964-1965 N.S. F. Postdoctoral Fellow, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1965-1966, Lecturer Department of Biology, Yale University

1966 - 1990, Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Departments of Biology and Geology, Indiana University

1990-2009, Adjunct Professor in Biology and Geology Departments, Indiana University

1990-2009, Graduate Research Professor, University of Florida

2010-present, Professor Emeritus , Department of Geology and Department of Biology, Indiana University

Recent Publications: (from about 250 published papers)

2011. Sun G., D.L. Dilcher, H.Wang and Z. Chen. A eudicot from the Early Cretaceous of China. Nature, March 31, vol.471, pages 625—628, with cover picture.

2011. de Boer, H.J., E.I. Lammertsma, F. Wagner-Cremer, D.L. Dilcher, M.J. Wassen and S.C. Dekker. Climate forcing due to optimization of maximal leaf conductance in subtropical vegetation under rising CO2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

2011. Lammertsma, E.I., H.J. de Boer, S.C. Dekker, D.L. Dilcher, A.F. Lotter and F. Wagner-Cremer. Global CO2 rise leads to reduced maximum stomatal conductance in Florida vegetation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

2011. Lott, T. A., D. L. Dilcher, S. P. Horn, O. Vargas, and R. L. Sanford Jr. Pleistocene flora of Rio Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Palaeontologia Electronica, (http://palaeo-electronica.org), Article Number: 14.1.5A, March 2011

2010. Mehrotra, R.C., D. L. Dilcher and T. A. Lott. Notes on fossils from the Makum Coalfield, Assam, Inida. The Palaeobotanist.

2010. Herrea, F., C. A. Jaramillo, D. L. Dilcher, S. L. Wing, and C. Gomez-N. Fossil Araceae from a Paleocene Neotropical Rainforest in Colombia. American Journal of Botany.

2010. Hu, S., D. M. Jarzen and D. L. Dilcher. New species of angiosperm pollen from the Dakota Formation (Cenomanian, Upper Cretaceous) of Minnesota, U.S.A. Palynology

2010. Dilcher, David. Major Innovations In angiosperm Evolution, chapter 6, pages 97-116, in Plants in Mesozoic Time, ed.by by Carole T. Gee, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN.

2010. Wang, Hongshan, Dilcher, David, Schwarzwalder, Robert, Kvacek, Jiri, Vegetative and reproductive morphology of an extinct early Cretaceous member of Platanaceae from the Braun's Ranch locality, Kansas, U.S.A. Int. J. Plant Sci. 172 (1):139-157.

2010. Wang, H. and D. L. Dilcher. Late Cretaceous Angiosperm Leaves from the Courtland Clay Pit, Minnesota, USA. Palaeontographica.

2010. Sun, C., D. L. Dilcher, H. Wang, G. Sun and Y. Ge. A Study of Ginkgo leaves from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China. International Journal of Sciences.

2010. Wang, Q., S.R. Manchester and D. L. Dilcher. Fruits and Foliage of Puerarua (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae) from the Eurasia and their biogeographic implications. American Journal of Botany 97:1982-1998.

2009. Ren, D, C. C. Labandeira, J. A. Santiago-Blay, A. P. Rasnitsyn, Shih, A. Bashkuev, M. Amelia, V. Logan, C. Hotton, and D. L. Dilcher. Mesozoic pollination strategies before Angiosperms: long-proboscid scorpionflies nectaring on gymnospermous host plants. Science, 326, 840.

2009. Sawangchote, P., P. J. Grote, and D. L. Dilcher. Tertiary leaf fossils of Mangifera (Anacardiaceae) from Li Basin, Thailand as examples of the utility of leaf marginal venation characters. American Journal of Botany 96:1—14.

2009. Dilcher, D. L., E. A. Kowalski, M. C. Wiemann, L. F. Hinojosa, and T. A. Lott. A climatic and taxonomic comparison between leaf litter and standing vegetation from a Florida swamp woodland. American Journal of Botany 96:1108—1115.

2009. Kowalski, E. and D. L. Dilcher. Paleobotany. In: Garnitz, V. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. Springer Verlag

2009 Utescher, T., V. Mosbrugger, D. Ivanov, and D.L. Dilcher. Present-Day Climatic equivalents of European Cenozoic climates. Systems for Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

2009 Dilcher, D.L and H. Wang. An Early Cretaceous fruit with affinities to Ceratophyllaceae. American Journal of Botany 96:2256-2269.

2009 Jarzen, D.M. and D. L. Dilcher. Palynological assessment of Holocene Mangrove vegetation at the American Memorial Park, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Grana, 17:31:15, p1-11.

2008. Martin-Closas, C. and D. L. Dilcher. Unusual preservation of Charophyte fructifications as casts in the uppermost Albian of Rose Creek, Nebraska, Unites States.

2008. Jarzen, D. M., and D. L. Dilcher. Report on a palynological assessment of the Holocene mangrove vegetation at the American Memorial Park, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. In: Williams, J., Starmer, J., Jarzen, D., and Dilcher, D. (eds.), Ecological Assessment of the Mangrove Habitat in the American Memorial Park, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. PMRI Survey Report 2007-2. Pgs. 40-62.

2008. Kurschner, W. M., Z. Kvacek and D. L. Dilcher. The impact of Miocene atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuations on climate and the evolution of terrestrial ecosytems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (2): 449-453.

2008. Hu, S., D. L. Dilcher, D. M. Jarzen and D. W. Taylor. Early steps of angiosperm-pollinator coevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (1): 240-245.

2008. Zhu, X.-Y., M. W. Chase, Y.-L. Qiu, H.-Z. Kong, D. L. Dilcher, J.-H. Li and Z.-D. Chen. Mitochondrial matR sequences help to resolve deep phylogenetic relationships in rosids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:217.

2007. Steadman, D. W., R. Franz, G. S. Morgan, N. A. Albury, B. Kakuk, K. Broad, S. E. Franz, K. Tinker, M. P. Pateman, T. A. Lott, D. M. Jarzen and D. L. Dilcher. Exceptionally well preserved late Quaternary plant and vertebrate fossils from a blue hole on Abaco, The Bahamas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 19897-19902.

2007. Schmidt, A. R. and D. L. Dilcher. 2007. Aquatic organisms as amber inclusions and examples from a modern swamp forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104 (42): 16581-16585.

2007. Wagner, F., H. Visscher, W. M. Kurschner and D. L. Dilcher. 2007. Influence of ontogeny and atmospheric CO2 on stomata parameters of Osmunda regalis. In: Jarzen, D. M., Steven, R., Retallack, G. J. and Jarzen, S. A. (eds.), Advances in Angiosperm Paleobotany and Paleoclimatic Reconstruction, Contributions Honouring David L. Dilcher and Jack A. Wolfe, Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Stuttgart, pgs. 183-189.

2007. Sun, G., M. A. Akhmetiev, L. Golovneva, E. Bugdaeva, C. Quan, T. M. Kodrul, H. Nishida, Y. Sun, C. Sun, K. Johnson and D. Dilcher. 2007. Late Cretaceous plants from Jiayin along Heilongjiang River, Northeast China. In: Jarzen, D. M., Manchester,S.R., Retallack, G. J. and Jarzen, S. A. (eds.), Advances in Angiosperm Paleobotany and Paleoclimatic Reconstruction, Contributions Honoring David L. Dilcher and Jack A. Wolfe, Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Stuttgart, pgs. 75-84.

2007. Barclay, R., J. McElwain, D. Dilcher and B. Sageman. 2007. The cuticle database: developing an interactive tool for taxonomic and paleoenvironmental study of the fossil cuticle record. In: Jarzen, D. M., Manchester,S.R., Retallack, G. J. and Jarzen, S. A. (eds.), Advances in Angiosperm Paleobotany and Paleoclimatic Reconstruction, Contributions Honoring David L. Dilcher and Jack A. Wolfe, Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Stuttgart, pgs. 39-56.

2007. Manos, P., P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, S. R. Manchester, S. H. Oh, C. Bell, D. L. Dilcher, and D. E. Stone. Phylogeny of extant and fossil Juglandaceae inferred from the integration of molecular and morphological data sets. Systematic Biology 56(3): 412-430.

2007. Dilcher, D. L., G. Sun, Q. Ji, and H. Li. An early inflorescence Hyrcantha decussata (comb. nov.) from the Yixian Formation of northeastern China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(22): 9370-9374.

2007. Uhl, D., S. Klotz, C. Traiser, C. Thiel, T. Utescher, E. Kowalski, and D. L. Dilcher. Cenozoic paleotemperatures and leaf physiognomy – A European perspective. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 248: 24-31.

2007. Wang, Q., D. L. Dilcher, and T. A. Lott. Podocarpium A. Braun ex Stizenberger 1851 from the middle Miocene of Eastern China, and its paleoecology and biogeography. Acta Palaeobotanica 47(1): 237-251.