Associate Professor of Statistics
Steve Wang develops statistical techniques to address questions in paleontology and evolutionary biology.
In a recent study, Professor Wang and University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Peter Dodson showed that most of the world's dinosaurs that existed have yet to be discovered. Wang also works with paleontologists at the California Academy of Sciences and the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) to study the causes of the end-Permian extinction, the most severe mass extinction in the history of life.
Professor Wang's work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Paleobiology, Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Science, and other professional journals. He has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, NASA, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, and more.
Wang's other research areas include macroevolutionary trends and the incompleteness of the fossil record. He is also interested in statistical graphics and visualization, and statistical methods in baseball research.
Professor Wang received his B.S. from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.