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Research Interests

1 Mesozoic and Cenozoic amber biotas

2 Mesozoic continental environments

3 Evolution and taphonomy of insects


Work Experience

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

05, 2015– Guest Professor, Zoological Institute, CAS



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

[2]     PI, “The taphonomy of Early Cretaceous Coptoclava longipoda from China”, National Science Foundation of China (NSFC 41572010), 2016–2019, $130 000.



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 –Jiangsu Province Science and Technology Award (First Prize)

2015 –Distinguished Member of The Youth Innovation Promotion Association

2014 –Lu Jiaxi Youth Talent Award (the first recipient in the institute)

2012 –Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

2011 –Member of The Youth Innovation Promotion Association (the first recipient in the institute)

2009 –Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Students of CAS




More than 200 papers have been published in journals such as Science Advances, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Nature Communications, elife, and Current Biology. For a full list please see http://publicationslist.org/savantwang

[1]     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.

[2]     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.

[3]     Badano D.*, Engel M.S., Basso A., Wang Bo*, Cerretti P.* (2018) Diverse Cretaceous larvae reveal the evolutionary and behavioural history of antlions and lacewings. Nature Communications, 9: 3257.

[4]     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.

[5]     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.

[6]     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.

[7]     Liu Xingyue*, Shi Gongle, Xia Fangyuan, Lu Xiumei, Wang Bo*, Engel M.S.* (2018) Liverwort mimesis in a Cretaceous lacewing larva. Current Biology, 28: 1475–1481.

[8]     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.

[9]     Perrichot V.*, Wang Bo*, Engel M.S. (2016) Extreme morphogenesis and ecological specialization among early ants. Current Biology, 26: 1468–1472.

[10] Wang Bo*, Rust J., Engel M.S., Szwedo J., Dutta S., Nel A., Fan Yong, Meng Fanwei, Shi Gongle, Jarzembowski E.A., Wappler T., Stebner F., Fang Yan, Mao Limi, Zheng Daran, Zhang Haichun* (2014) A diverse paleobiota in Early Eocene Fushun amber from China. Current Biology, 24: 1606–1610.

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