Indiana University Bloomington

David Dilcher

Emeritus Professor
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences / Biology 

David Dilcher

Office: GY S209 
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Research Interests
Geological Sciences; paleobotany; plant evolution; paleoclimate; origins of the angiosperms; atmospheric CO2 and climate history; paleocene phytogeography; plant-animal coevolution

Area Involvement
Dr. Dilcher has conducted research in Thailand on tertiary leaf fossils of Mangifera (Anacardiaceae) as examples of the utility of leaf marginal venation characters; as well as conducted analyses of particulate samples of Holocene Mangrove vegetation at the American Memorial Park, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (in the Philippine Sea).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Elected member of the American National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, 1989.
  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Honoris Causa, from Lyon University, Lyon, France, 2007
  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Honoris Causa, from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2009
  • National Friendship Award given by the Central Government of People's Republic of China for contributions and dedication to China, 2009.
  • 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, 1986
  • Sonneborn Award, Indiana University for combining both Distinguished Teaching and Research,1987-88.
  • Merit Award in recognition of outstanding Research and Service given by the Botanical Society of America, 1991.
  • Botanical Society of America Centennial Award, 2006.
  • Palaeobotanical Society International Medal for outstanding contributions to Palaeobotany, Lucknow, India, 2006.