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paleontologist , university professor

David Jablonski, American science educator. Achievements include research in large-scale evolution, multilevel selection, and evolutionary role of mass extinctions. Recipient Quantrell award, University Chicago, 2004; fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1999—2000, American Academy Arts and Sciences, 2000.


Jablonski, David was born on June 23, 1953 in New York City. Son of Edward and Edith Garson Jablonski.


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 PhD 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. In 1985 he was hired by the University of Chicago.


Assistant research geologist University California, Santa Barbara, 1979—1980, Miller research fellow Berkeley, 1980—1982. Assistant professor University Arizona, Tucson, 1982—1985. Associate professor University Chicago, 1985—1989, professor, 1989—2002, William R. Kenan Junior, professor, since 2002, chairman, committee evolutionary paleobiology, 2002—2008.


  • 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". In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: (book) Evolutionary Paleobiology, Encyclopdia of Paleontology. Contributor more than 140 science papers to professional publications.


Fellow: Paleontological Society (consellor 1991-1993, Schuchert award 1988). Member: National Academy of Sciences, International Bio-Geography Society, Society Sedimentary Geologists, American Society Naturalists, Society Systematic Biology, Society for Study Evolution (society integrative and comparative biology), Paleontological Association.


Married Susan Kidwell.

Edward Jablonski

Edith Garson Jablonski

Susan Kidwell.