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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 Evolution of Mesozoic climate

3 Mesozoic and Cenozoic amber biotas

4 Evolution and taphonomy of insects


2021 –CAS Prize for Young Scientists

2021 –China Top 10 Palaeontological Breakthroughs in 2020

2020 –China Top 10 Palaeontological Breakthroughs in 2019

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 300 papers have been published in journals such as Science Advances (5), Nature Ecology & Evolution (1), Nature Communications (3), PNAS (2), Current Biology (4), eLife (3), Geology (1), and Trends in Ecology & Evolution (1). 

[1]      Wang Bo*, Xu Chunpeng, Jarzembowski E.A. (2022) Ecological radiations of insects in the Mesozoic. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2022.02.007.

[2]      Wang Bo*, Shi Gongle*, Xu Chunpeng, Spicer R.A., Perrichot V., Schmidt A.R., Feldberg K., Heinrichs J., Chény C., Pang Hong, Liu Xingyue, Gao Taiping, Wang Zixi, ?lipiński A., Solórzano-Kraemer M.M., Heads S.W., Thomas M.J., Sadowski E.-M., Szwedo J., Azar D., Nel A., Liu Ye, Chen Jun, Zhang Qi, Zhang Qingqing, Luo Cihang, Yu Tingting, Zheng Daran, Zhang Haichun, Engel M.S. (2021) The mid-Miocene Zhangpu biota reveals an outstandingly rich rainforest biome in East Asia. Science Advances, 7: eabg0625.

[3]      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.

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

[5]      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.

[6]      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.

[7]      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.

[8]      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.

[9]      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.

[10] 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.

Community service:
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.