Peter Wilf

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Professor, Geosciences

Research Summary

Research interests include paleobotany, paleobiology and paleoclimatology. Research uses fossil plants to investigate ancient ecosystems, past environmental change, and the evolution and extinction of plants and plant-insect associations to emphasize questions with relevance for modern climate change, biodiversity, biogeography and ecological processes. Three specific areas of research include the end-Cretaceous (K-T) mass extinction and Eocene global warming, origins of South American plant diversity and the evolution of plant-insect associations.

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Recent Publications

Reaffirming the phyllocladoid affinities of Huncocladus laubenfelsii (Podocarpaceae) from the early Eocene of Patagonia: A comment on Dörken et al. (2021)

Andruchow-Colombo, A., Wilf, P. & Escapa, I. H., Dec 1 2021, In: Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 197, 4, p. 554-557 4 p.

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The Angiosperm Terrestrial Revolution and the origins of modern biodiversity

Benton, M. J., Wilf, P. & Sauquet, H., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: New Phytologist.

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First south american record of winteroxylon, eocene of laguna del hunco (Chubut, patagonia, argentina): New link to australasia and malesia

Brea, M., Iglesias, A., Wilf, P., Moya, E. & Gandolfo, M. A., Mar 1 2021, In: International journal of plant sciences. 182, 3, p. 185-197 13 p.

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Unexpected larger distribution of paleogene stem-rollers (AVES, CORACII): new evidence from the Eocene of Patagonia, Argentina

Degrange, F. J., Pol, D., Puerta, P. & Wilf, P., Dec 2021, In: Scientific reports. 11, 1, 1363.

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Facies interpretation and geochronology of diverse Eocene floras and faunas, northwest Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina

Gosses, J., Carroll, A. R., Bruck, B. T., Singer, B. S., Jicha, B. R., Aragón, E., Walters, A. P. & Wilf, P., Mar 2021, In: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America. 133, 3-4, p. 740-752 13 p.

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Patagonia’s diverse but homogeneous early paleocene forests: Angiosperm leaves from the Danian Salamanca and Peñas Coloradas formations, San Jorge Basin, Chubut, Argentina

Iglesias, A., Wilf, P., Stiles, E. & Wilf, R., 2021, In: Palaeontologia Electronica. 24, 1, p. 1-88 88 p., a02.

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Early eocene spore and pollen assemblages from the laguna del hunco fossil lake beds, patagonia, argentina

Barreda, V. D., Zamaloa, M. D. C., Gandolfo, M. A., Jaramillo, C. & Wilf, P., Jul 1 2020, In: International journal of plant sciences. 181, 6, p. 594-615 22 p.

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New physaloid fruit-fossil species from early Eocene South America

Deanna, R., Wilf, P. & Gandolfo, M. A., Dec 2020, In: American journal of botany. 107, 12, p. 1749-1762 14 p.

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Persistent biotic interactions of a Gondwanan conifer from Cretaceous Patagonia to modern Malesia

Donovan, M. P., Wilf, P., Iglesias, A., Cúneo, N. R. & Labandeira, C. C., Dec 2020, In: Communications Biology. 3, 1, 708.

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Protect Australia's gondwana rainforests

Kooyman, R. M., Watson, J. & Wilf, P., Mar 6 2020, In: Science. 367, 6482, p. 1083-1085 3 p.

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