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George D. Weiblen


George D. Weiblen

George D. Weiblen


Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Science Director & Herbarium Curator, Bell Museum

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Science Director, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Herbarium Curator, Bell Museum of Natural History (2001-present)


Minneapolis Public Schools, Diploma, 1988

Reed College, Portland, Oregon B.A. in Biology, 1992

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.M. in Biology, 1997, Ph.D. in Biology 1999 (with Michael Donoghue)

Michigan State University, post-doc in Zoology (with Guy Bush)


President's Community Engaged Scholar, University of Minnesota

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

Packard Fellow, David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Watson Fellow, Thomas J. Watson Foundation

Pinhead Scholar, Pinhead Institute, Telluride, Colorado

Ernst Mayr Award, Society of Systematic Biologists

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


Published >60 peer-reviewed scientific articles including four in Science and Nature

Awarded >20 grants and research contracts totaling $4.7 million dollars from sources including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health

Research interests

Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions especially pollinators and herbivores

Genetic studies of figs, mulberries, nettles, hops, and hemp: maintains the first Drug Enforcement Administration permit for Cannabis genetic research in the United States.

Biodiversity discovery, ecology, & conservation of tropical forests: >20 expeditions to Papua New Guinea. Fluent in Melaneisan Pidgin. Lived in PNG for several years.