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  02, 2019–  Director of Invertebrate Palaeontology Section, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS

  02, 2017–  Professor, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS

  01, 2013–01, 2017  Associate Professor, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS

  05, 2013–06, 2015  Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany 

  08, 2009–12, 2012  Assistant Professor, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS


  1 Origin and early evolution of terrestrial ecosystems

  2 Mesozoic and Cenozoic amber biotas

  3 Evolution and taphonomy of insects


  2020 –China Top 10 Palaeontological Breakthroughs in 2019

  2018 –Ten Thousand People Plan, The National Youth Talent Support Program

  2017 –China Top 10 Palaeontological Breakthroughs in 2016

  2015 –Distinguished Young Palaeontologist of the Palaeontological Society of China

  2015 –Distinguished Member of The Youth Innovation Promotion Association

  2012 –Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

  2009 –Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Students of CAS




More than 280 papers have been published in journals such as Science Advances, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Nature Communications, PNAS, and Current Biology.

[1]      Zhao Xiangdong, Zheng Daran, Xie Guwei, Jenkyns H.C., Guan Chengguo, Fang Yanan, He Jing, Yuan Xiaoqi, Xue Naihua, Wang He, Li Sha, Jarzembowski E.A., Zhang Haichun, Wang Bo* (2020) Recovery of lake ecosystems after the end-Permian mass extinction. Geology.

[2]      Zhao Xiangdong, Wang Bo*, Bashkuev A., Aria C., Zhang Qingqing, Zhang Haichun, Tang Wentao, Engel M.S. (2020) Mouthpart homologies and life habits of Mesozoic long-proboscis scorpionflies. Science Advances, 5: eaay1259.

[3]      Bao Tong, Wang Bo*, Li Jianguo, Dilcher D.* (2019) Pollination of Cretaceous flowers. PNAS, 116: 24707–24711.

[4]      Yu Tingting, Kelly R., Mu Lin, Ross A., Kennedy J., Broly P., Xia Fangyuan, Zhang Haichun, Wang Bo*, Dilcher D.* (2019) An ammonite trapped in Burmese amber. PNAS, 116: 11345–11350.

[5]      Liu Qing, Lu Xiumei, Zhang Qingqing, Chen Jun, Zheng Xiaoting, Zhang Weiwei, Liu Xingyue*, Wang Bo* (2018) Niche diversity of Mesozoic pollinating lacewings. Nature Communications, 9: 3793.

[6]      Zheng Daran, Chang Su-Chin*, Perrichot V., Dutta S., Rudra A., Mu Lin, Kelly R.S., Li Sha, Zhang Qi, Zhang Qingqing, Wong J., Wang He, Fang Yan, Zhang Haichun, Wang Bo* (2018) A Late Cretaceous amber biota from central Myanmar. Nature Communications, 9: 3170.

[7]      Zheng Daran, Chang Su-Chin*, Wang He, Fang Yan, Wang Jun, Feng Chongqing, Xie Guwei, Jarzembowski E.A., Zhang Haichun, Wang Bo* (2018) Middle-Late Triassic insect radiation revealed by diverse fossils and isotopic ages from China. Science Advances, 4: eaat1380.

[8]      Zhang Qingqing, Mey W., Ansorge J., Starkey T.A., McDonald L.T., McNamara M.E., Jarzembowski E.A., Wichard W., Kelly R., Ren Xiaoying, Chen Jun, Zhang Haichun, Wang Bo* (2018) Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors. Science Advances, 4: e1700988.

[9]      Wang Bo*, Dunlop J.A., Seldon P.A., Garwood R.J., Shear W.A , Müller P., Lei Xiaojie (2018) Cretaceous arachnid Chimerarachne yingi gen. et sp. nov. illuminates spider origins. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2: 614–622.


[10]   Wang Bo*, Xia Fangyuan, Engel M.S., Perrichot V., Shi Gongle, Zhang Haichun, Chen Jun, Jarzembowski E.A., Wappler T., Rust J. (2016) Debris-carrying camouflage among diverse lineages of Cretaceous insects. Science Advances, 2: e1501918.

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Research Projects:

  1 PI, “Mid-Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems”, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2018–2023, $500 000.

  2 PI, “Amber paleobiology”, Central Government of China, 2018–2020, $300 000.

  3 PI, “Terrestrial ecosystems during the Carnian (Triassic)”, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, 2018–2020, $100 000.

  4 PI, “Paleoentomology”, National Science Foundation of China (NSFC 41622201), 2017–2019, $230 000.