Fossil Scallop

Associated Smithsonian Expert: Peter Wagner, Ph.D.

Peter Wagner (in the front) collecting snail fossils from middle Ordovician rocks in Death Valley, California

Courtesy of Shanan Peters, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Peter Wagner is a paleontologist and curator of Paleozoic mollusks at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He got his start studying geology at Michigan State University. He went on to earn a master's degree in Geological Sciences at Michigan State University, where his thesis focused on relationships among some Ordovician gastropods. As a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, Peter studied rates and trends of morphologic evolution as well as phylogenetic diversity of early gastropods. He served as a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History for more than a decade before joining the Smithsonian. His current research focuses on models of morphologic evolution, and how they affect our ideas of relationships and diversification among Paleozoic mollusks, particularly gastropods.

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