Curriculum Vitae | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

These are some of the fossils I have collected or studied (from left to right): Stephanocemas (antler of a very primitive deer), Kinometaxia (skull of an early mustelid), Sansanosmilus (skull of a false sabertooth), and Palaeogale (lower jaw of a weasel-like small carnivore).

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Curriculum Vitae: Xiaoming Wang

Current Position

Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Employment History

2007-present, Curator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
2002–2007, Associate Curator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
1998–2002, Assistant Professor, Long Island University, Brooksville, New York
1995–1998, Collections Manager, American Museum of Natural History, New York
1991–1995, Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, New York
1984–1990, Curatorial, Teaching, and Exhibition Assistant, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Educational Background

1983–1990, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
1982–1983, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China
1978–1981, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

Academic Degrees

November 1990 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
April 1986 Master of Philosophy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
September 1984 Master of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
January 1981, Bachelor of Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Major External Grants

  • 2009-2011, National Science Foundation, “Workshop on Neogene Mammalian Chronology of Asia” $36,721 (EAR‐0924142), PI, X. Wang; co-PI: L.J. Flynn
  • 2009-2010, National Geographic Society/Waitt Institute for Discovery, “Reconnaissance for fossil vertebrates in the Zanda Basin, southwestern Tibetan Plateau,” $15,000, No. W 22-08, PI, Li Qiang, co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2009, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Summer Field Conference on Neogene Mammalian Chronology of Asia” $5,000, PI, X. Wang
  • 2008–2011, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation: “Mammalian Evolution in Response to Major Climatic and Environmental Changes in the Cenozoic of China” ¥1,650,000, No. 40730210, PI, Deng Tao; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2008-2009, National Geographic Society, “Hemphillian-Blancan Aged Fossil Faunas from Central Mexico and Implications of the Great American Biotic Interchange” $20,150 (Grant # 8273-07), PI, Ó. Carranza-Castañeda; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2008-2009, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: The impact of late Cenozoic Himalayan-Tibetan uplift on C4 plant expansion, climate and mammalian evolution in northern China” $25,000 (EAR-0716507), PI: X. Wang
  • 2007-2009, Major Research Direction Project of the Knowledge Innovation Program from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, “Mammalian Evolution and Biochronologic Frameworks in the Neogene of North China” ¥2,000,000 (Grant No. KZCX2-YW-120), PI, T. Deng; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2006-2009, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: A Complete Species Level Phylogeny of the Carnivora” $361,867, DEB 0614585), PI, Robert Wayne, co-PI: Blaire Van Valkenburgh and others
  • 2006-2010, Ministry of Science and Technology, “Major Basic Research Projects of Ministry of Science and Technology of China” (973 Project 2006CB806400), PI, Y. Wang; Co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2005-2008, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoenvironments of the Richest, Endemic-Dominated Vertebrate Assemblage from the Cenozoic of Qaidam Basin, Northern Tibetan Plateau, China,” $250,000, EAR-0446699, PI, X. Wang
  • 2005–2007, Outstanding Overseas Scholars Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, “Evolution of Cenozoic Mammals in Tibetan Plateau and Its Surrounding Regions,” ¥400,000, KL205208 (No. 2004-2-4, supplement to No. 40128004). PI, X. Wang
  • 2004–2006, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation: “Uplift of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau and the formation of large-scale geomorphology” ¥1,200,000, No. 40334038, PI, Fang Xiaomin; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2003–2006, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation: “The Evolution of the Late Cenozoic Mammalian Faunas in the Linxia Basin and the Variation of the Climatic and Environmental Background,” ¥1,200,000, No. 40232023, PI, Deng Tao; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2002–2004, Outstanding Overseas Young Scholars Award, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, “Mammals of Tibetan Plateau,” ¥400,000, KA 202201 No. 40128004. PI, X. Wang
  • 2000–2003, Chinese Academy of Sciences: “Late Cenozoic Mammals in Hezheng Basin, Gansu Province and the Uplift of the Tibetan Plateau.” ¥2,500,000, KZCX2-103. PI: Deng Tao; co-PI: X. Wang and others
  • 2000–2002, National Geographic Society: "Mid-Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology of Tsaidam Basin, Qinghai Province, China." $38,000, NGS 6771-00. PI: X. Wang
  • 1997–2000, National Science Foundation: "Phylogenetic Systematics of North American Fossil Caninae: Zoogeographic and Evolutionary Implications." $125,000, DEB-9707555. PI: R. H. Tedford; co-PI: X. Wang
  • 1997–1998, National Geographic Society: "Mid-Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology of Tsaidam Basin, Qinghai Province, China." $20,544, NGS 6004-97. PI: X. Wang
  • 1997 Wang Kuancheng Foundation: "Fossil Mammals in the Oligocene-Miocene of Lanzhou Basin." ¥20,060. PI: X. Wang
  • 1995–1998, National Science Foundation: "Phylogenetic Systematics, Biochronology, and Evolution of Borophaginae (Carnivora: Canidae)." $120,000, DEB-9420004. PI: X. Wang; co-PI: R. H. Tedford
  • 1995–1996, National Geographic Society: "Mid-Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology of Central Inner Mongolia, China." $20,575, NGS 5527-95. PI: X. Wang
  • 1995 Chinese National Natural Science Foundation: "Evolution of Oligocene-Miocene Mammals in Lanzhou Region." ¥10,000, NSFC 49510710329. PI: X. Wang

 

Associations and Adjuncts

2009–present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California
2005–present, International Advisory Board, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2004–present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution, University California at Los Angeles
2003–present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California
2002–2006, Visiting Professor, National Laboratory of Western Environments, Lanzhou University, Gansu Province
November 2001, Outstanding Overseas Young Scholars Award, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation
1997–present, Research Associate, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
1993–present, Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History, New York

Professional Services

2008–present, Member, editorial committee, Vertebrata PalAsiatica
2008–present, Member, Academic Committee, Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Systematics, Beijing
2003–present, Member, publications committee, Contributions in Science
2002–present, Chair (2004-2007) and Member (2002-2003, 2008-present), Morris Skinner Award Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2001–2002, Secretary, Long Island University Chapter of Sigma Xi Society
2000–2004, International Editor, News Bulletin of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
1993, Guest Editor, Quaternary Sciences