David L. Dilcher

David L. Dilcher

Emeritus, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Guggenheim Fellow


  • Ph.D., Biology-Geology, Yale University, 1964
  • M.A., Botany, Zoology, Geology, University of Minnesota, 1960
  • B.S., Natural History Education, University of Minnesota, 1958

Awards & 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 D.C., 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


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