Current position: Professor and Chair, Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University
Office:
412 Mann Library
Phone:
(607) 255-2131
Fax:
(607) 255-5407
email:
wlc1@cornell.edu
Departmental website: William L. Crepet

RESEARCH INTEREST

My research focus is on establishing an accurate fossil record for the flowering plants that includes reliable floral evidence. This approach is unique and informative due to the nature of flowers, their information content and adaptive significance. Such a record has implications for molecular evolution, hyper radiations characteristic of the angiosperms and for evaluating ecological-evolutionary hypotheses invoked to explain angiosperm dominance of modern ecosystems. Such research has implications for systematics/systematics methodologies and for the evaluation of molecular clock based timing models.

EDUCATION

1973 - Ph.D. Yale University, New Haven, Conneticut (Dissertation: The reproductive biology of the Mesozoic genus Cycadeoidea)
1971 - M.Ph. Yale University, New Haven, Conneticut
1969 - B.A. Harpur College

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Botanical Society of America
Explorers Club
International Organization of Paleobotany
Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America
Paleontological Research Institute
Sigma Xi

PUBLICATIONS