Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Bill Dimichele

Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., Drexel University
  • M.S., University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
Research Interests

Paleoecology, morphology, and systematics of late Paleozoic plants (240-350 million years old), particularly the structure of late Paleozoic ecosystems and the relationship between long-term ecological and evolutionary patterns

Publications
Chapter
  • Gastaldo, R. A., Bamford, M., Calder, J., DiMichele, William A., Ianuzzi, R., Jasper, A., Kerp, H., McLoughlin, S., Opluštil, S., Pfefferkorn, H. W., Roessler, R., and Wang, J. 2020. "The non-analog vegetation of the Late Paleozoic icehouse–hothouse and their coal-forming forested environments." in Nature Through Time, edited by Martinetto, E., Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R. A., 291–316. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland.
  • Gastaldo, R. A., Bamford, M., Calder, J., DiMichele, William A., Ianuzzi, R., Jasper, A., Kerp, H., McLoughlin, S., Opluštil, S., Pfefferkorn, H. W., Roessler, R., and Wang, J. 2020. "The Coal Farms of the Late Paleozoic." in Nature Through Time, edited by Martinetto, E., Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R. A., 317–343. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland.
  • DiMichele, William A., Hook, Robert W., Kerp, Hans, Hotton, Carol L., Looy, Cindy V., and Chaney, Dan S. 2018. "Lower Permian flora of the Sanzenbacher Ranch, Clay County, Texas.." in Transformative Paleobotany: Papers to Commemorate the Life and Legacy of Thomas N. Taylor, 95–126. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813012-4.00006-1
  • Archer, Allen W., Elrick, Scott, Nelson, W. J., and DiMichele, William A. 2016. "Cataclysmic burial of Pennsylvanian Period coal swamps in the Illinois Basin." in Contributions to Modern and Ancient Tidal Sedimentology, edited by Tessier, Bernadette and Reynaud, Jean-Yves., 217–231. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119218395.ch12
  • Lucas, Spencer G., Krainer, Karl, DiMichele, William A., Voigt, Sebastian, Berman, David S., Henrici, Amy C., Tanner, Lawrence H., Chaney, Dan S., Elrick, Scott D., Nelson, W. John, and Rinehart, Larry F. 2015. "Lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and sedimentology of the Upper Paleozoic Sangre De Cristo Formation, southwestern San Miguel County, New Mexico." in New Mexico Geological Society, 66th Annual Field Conference, 2015, edited by Lindline, Jennifer, Petronis, Michael, and Zebrowski, Joseph P., 211–228. Annual Fall Field Conference Guidebook. Socorro, New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society.
  • DiMichele, William A., Cecil, C. B., Chaney, Dan S., Elrick, S. D., and Nelson, W. J. 2014. "Fossil floras from the Pennsylvanian-Permian Cutler Group of southeastern Utah." in Geology of Utah's Far South, 491–504. Utah Geological Association Publication (43).
  • Lucas, Spencer G., Lerner, Allan J., DiMichele, William A., Cantrell, Amanda K., Suazo, Thomas L., and Chaney, Dan S. 2014. "Xiphosurid fossils from the Pennsylvanian Beeman formation, Otero County, New Mexico." in New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 65th Field Conference, Geology of the Sacramento Mountains Region, 311–314. Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, Inc..
  • Lucas, S. G., Krainer, K., Chaney, Dan S., DiMichele, William A., Voigt, S., Berman, D. S., and Henrici, A. C. 2012. "The Lower Permian Abo Formation in the Fra Cristobal and Caballo Mountains, Sierra County, New Mexico." in Geology of the Warm Springs Region: New Mexico Geological Society 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, edited by Lucas, S. G., McLemore, V. T., Lueth, V. W., Spielmann, J. A., and Krainer, K., 345–376. Socorro, New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society.
  • Cecil, C. B., DiMichele, William A., Fedorko, Nick, and Skema, Viktoras. 2011. "Autocyclic and allocyclic controls on the origin of the Dunkard Group." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard Basin. Guidebook for the 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 26–45. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc.
  • DiMichele, William A., Blake, Bascomb M., Cecil, C. B., Fedorko, Nick, Kerp, Hans, and Skema, Viktoras. 2011. "Callipterids of the Dunkard Group of the Appalachian Basin: Their identity and paleoenvironmental significance." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard Basin. Guidebook for the 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 144–167. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc..
  • DiMichele, William A., Cecil, C. B., Chaney, Dan S., Elrick, Scott D., Lucas, Spencer G., Lupia, Richard, Nelson, W. J., and Tabor, Neil J. 2011. "Pennsylvanian-Permian vegetational changes in tropical Euramerica." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard Basin. Guidebook for the 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 60–102. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc..
  • DiMichele, William A., Skema, Vik, and Harper, John A. 2011. "Pleasant Hill Gap." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard basin. Guidebook, 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 168–173. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc.
  • DiMichele, William A., Tabor, N. J., Chaney, Dan S., and Nelson, W. J. 2006. "From wetlands to wet spots: Environmental tracking and the fate of Carboniferous elements in Early Permian tropical floras." in Wetlands trough time: Geological Society of America Special Paper 399, edited by Greb, S. F. and DiMichele, William A., 223–248. Geological Society of America.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Bateman, Richard M. 2005. "Evolution of land plant diversity: Major innovations and lineages through time." in Plant Conservation: A Natural History Approach, edited by Krupnick, Gary A. and Kress, W. John., 3–14. University of Chicago Press.
  • DiMichele, William A., Hans, Kerp, and Chaney, Dan S. 2004. "Tropical floras of the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian transition: Carrizo Arroyo in context." in Carboniferous-Permian Transition at Carrizo Arroyo, Central New Mexico, edited by Lucas, Spencer G. and Zeigler, K. E., 105–110. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 25.
  • Bateman, Richard M. and DiMichele, William A. 2002. "Generating and filtering major phenotypic novelties: neoGoldschmidtian saltation revisited." in Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution, edited by Cronk, C. B., Bateman, Richard M., and Hawkins, J. A., 109–159. Taylor and Francis.
  • DiMichele, William A., Stein, W. E., and Bateman, Richard M. 2001. "Ecological sorting during the Paleozoic radiation of vascular plant classes." in Evolutionary Paleoecology, edited by Allmon, W. D. and Bottjer, D. J., 285–335. Columbia University Press.
  • DiMichele, William A. 2000. "Carboniferous Coal Swamp Forests." in Palaeobiology II, edited by Briggs, E. G. and Crowther, P. R., 79–82. Blackwell Science.
  • DiMichele, William A. 2000. "Ecosystem dynamics." in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, edited by McGraw, Hill staff., 129–131. McGraw-Hill.
  • Philips, T. L. and DiMichele, William A. 1999. "Coal ball sampling and quantification." in Fossil Plants and Spores: Modern Techniques, edited by Jones, T. P. and Rowe, N. P., 206–209. Geological Society.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Philips, T. L. 1995. "The response of hierarchically structured ecosystems to long term climate change: a case study using tropical peat swamps of Pennsylvanian age." in Effects of Past Global Change on Life, edited by Stanley, Steven M., Knoll, A. H., and Kennett, J. P., 134–155. National Research Council, Studies in Geophysics.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Phillips, Tom L. 1995. "The Response of Hierarchially Structured Ecosystems to Long-Term Climatic Change: A Case Study Using Tropical Peat Swamps of Pennsylvanian Age." in Effects of past global change on life, 134–155.
  • Bateman, Richard M. and DiMichele, William A. 1994. "Saltational evolution of form in vascular plants: a neoGoldschmidtian synthesis." in Linnean Society, Symposium Series, 61–100.
  • Wing, Scott L., Sues, Hans-Dieter, Potts, Richard, DiMichele, William A., and Behrensmeyer, Anna K. 1992. "Evolutionary Paleoecology." in Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time: Evolutionary Paleoecology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals, edited by Behrensmeyer, Anna K., 1–13. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • DiMichele, William A., Philips, T. L., and Peppers, R. A. 1985. "The influence of climate and depositional environment on the distribution and evolution of Pennsylvanian coal swamp plants." in Geologic Factors and the Evolution of Plants, edited by Tiffney, B., 223–256. Yale University Press.

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Book
  • Damuth, J., Behrensmeyer, Anna K., DiMichele, William A., Labandeira, Conrad C., Potts, Richard, and Wing, Scott L. 1997. ETE Database Manual. Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Consortium.
  • Behrensmeyer, Anna K., Damuth, J., DiMichele, William A., Potts, Richard, Sues, Hans-Dieter, and Wing, Scott L. , eds. 1992. Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time. Chicago: University of Chicago.