Reed Wicander


Brooks Hall 304


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Los Angeles, 1976
  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 1973
  • B.S., San Diego State University, 1969
  • A.A., College of Marin, 1966


  • American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
  • Canadian Association of Palynologists
  • Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paléozoique
  • Society of Sigma Xi
  • The Palaeontological Association
  • The Paleontological Society

Honors and Awards

  • President, Acritarch Subcommission, Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paléozoique, 2002-Present.
  • College of Science and Technology Outstanding Teaching Award, 2001.
  • Central Michigan University President's Award for Research and Creative Activity, 1999.
  • Councilor, International Federation of Palynologic Societies, 1996-2004.
  • President, American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, 1994-1995.

Professional Interests

Paleozoic palynology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoecology, Paleogeography

Teaching Areas

Physical geology; Historical geology; Prehistoric life; Invertebrate paleontology; Geologic writing.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Wicander, R., and Monroe, J. S. 2011.  GEOL. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, California, 435 p.
  • Wicander, R., and Monroe, J. S. 2010. Historical Geology: Evolution of Earth and Life Through Time, 6th ed. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, California, 444 p.
  • Le Hérissé, A., Dorning, K. J., Mullins, G. L., and Wicander, R.  2009. Global patterns of organic-walled phytoplankton biodiversity through the Late Silurian to Earliest Devonian. Palynology, 33(1): 25-75.
  • Al-Ameri, T., and Wicander, R. 2008. An assessment of the gas generation potential of the Ordovician Khabour Formation, Western Iraq. Comunicações Geológicas, 95:157-166.
  • Zhu, H., Wicander, R., and Marshall, J. E. A.  2008. Biostratigraphic and paleogeographic significance of a palynological assemblage from the Middle Devonian Ulusubasite Formation, eastern Junggar Basin, Xinjiang, China. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 152: 141-157.
  • Wicander, R., and Playford, G. 2008. Upper Ordovician microphytoplankton of the Bill’s Creek Shale and Stonington Formation, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A.: Biostratigraphy and paleogeographic significance. Revue de Micropaléontologie, 51: 39-66.