David Jablonski

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David Jablonski
Born David Ira Jablonski
1953 (age 60–61)[citation needed]
Institutions University of Chicago
American Museum of Natural History
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Columbia University
Yale University
Thesis Paleoecology, Paleobiogeography, and Evolutionary Patterns of Late Creatceous Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plain Mollusks (1979)
Notable awards Charles Schuchert Award (1988)
Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2010)[1]

David Ira Jablonski (born 1953) is an American professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago. His research focuses upon the ecology and biogeography of the origin of major novelties, the evolutionary role of mass extinctions—in particular the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event—and other large-scale processes in the history of life.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] As a lecturer, he is known for his extreme enthusiasm.[citation needed]


Jablonski was educated at Columbia University (earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974) and completed his graduate work at Yale University (with his Master of Science degree in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1979). As an undergraduate he worked at the American Museum of Natural History in the City of New York, NY. Then continued postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Berkeley.[citation needed] In 1985 he was hired by the University of Chicago.


In 1988 the Paleontological Society awarded Jablonski with the Charles Schuchert Award, which is given to persons under 40 "whose work reflects excellence and promise in paleontology".[14] In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[15]


  1. ^ a b Zeliadt, N. (2013). "Profile of David Jablonski". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (26): 10467–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.1309893110. PMC 3696805. PMID 23776231.  edit
  2. ^ Lipps, Jere H.; Valentine, James W.; Jablonski, David; Erwin, Douglas H. (1996). Evolutionary paleobiology: in honor of James W. Valentine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-38913-8. 
  3. ^ Jablonski, D. et al. (1997) Macroevolution in the 21st Century. International Senckenberg Conference and Workshop.
  4. ^ Jablonski, D. (1999). "The future of the fossil record". Science 284 (5423): 2114–2116. doi:10.1126/science.284.5423.2114. PMID 10381868.  edit
  5. ^ Jablonski, D. (2000) Micro- and macroevolution: scale and hierarchy in evolutionary biology and paleobiology. Paleobiology 26(4): 15-52.
  6. ^ Jablonski, D. (2001). "Lessons from the past: Evolutionary impacts of mass extinctions". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98 (10): 5393–5398. doi:10.1073/pnas.101092598. PMC 33224. PMID 11344284.  edit
  7. ^ Jablonski, D. (2002). "Survival without recovery after mass extinctions". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99 (12): 8139–8144. doi:10.1073/pnas.102163299. PMC 123034. PMID 12060760.  edit
  8. ^ Jablonski, D. (2002) A more modern synthesis American Scientist 90 (July–August): 368-371.
  9. ^ Jablonski, D. (2004). "Extinction: Past and present". Nature 427 (6975): 589. doi:10.1038/427589a. PMID 14961099.  edit
  10. ^ Jablonski, D. (2005) Mass extinctions and macroevolution Paleobiology 31(2): 192-210.
  11. ^ Jablonski, David (2007). "Scale and Hierarchy in Macroevolution". Palaeontology 50: 87–10. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00615.x.  edit
  12. ^ Talk of the Nation: "The Origin of Animal Body Plans" (March 7, 1997)
  13. ^ David Jablonski, the William Kenan Jr. Professor in Geophysical Sciences by Steve Koppes
  14. ^ http://www.paleosoc.org/awards.html
  15. ^ http://news.uchicago.edu/news.php?asset_id=1966