Jonathan Paul Wilson received a B.A. in Computer Science and Earth and Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Jon also was a Resident Tutor and an Advising Coordinator at Winthrop House. In 2009, Jon moved to Caltech where he had been the O. K. Earl Postdoctoral Scholar in Geobiology.
Recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, Jon combines approaches from mathematical modeling, biophysics, geochemistry and plant biology in studying the anatomy and physiology of extinct and extant plants. Jon's field sites span several continents including North America, Europe, Africa and Australia, and he is interested in how physiological adaptations influence species' ranges, impact community structure and influence (and are influenced by) climatic change.
Jon will join colleagues, including Helen White (Chemistry) and Nikhil Anand (Anthropology), in Haverford's new Environmental Studies program that is being established with generous support from the Mellon Foundation.
Further information about Jon Wilson and his teaching and research interests may be found on his webpages at Caltech.
(Image of Jon with a Nambian Welwitschia courtesy of the Knoll Lab webpage at Harvard)