David Grimaldi (entomologist)

David A. Grimaldi (born September 22, 1957) is an entomologist and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He received his graduate training at Cornell University, where he earned his doctorate in Entomology in 1986. Dr. Grimaldi is an authority in many fields of insect systematics, paleontology, and evolutionary biology.[1]

David A. Grimaldi
Born (1957-09-22) September 22, 1957 (age 63)
OccupationEntomologist, Paleontologist

Dr. Grimaldi is also an adjunct professor at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the City University of New York.[1]

Aside from numerous papers in some of the leading scientific journals, Grimaldi is author of Amber: Window to the Past, and of Evolution of the Insects (2005) with co-author Michael S. Engel.[1]

Honors and awardsEdit

Some of Dr. Grimaldi's scientific honors include:


The following are a few of the numerous species that have been proposed in honor of Dr. Grimaldi:

  1. Halitheres grimaldii Giribet & Dunlop (a fossil harvestman in Burmese amber)
  2. Palaeoburmesebuthus grimaldii Lourenço (a fossil scorpion in Burmese amber)
  3. Ambradolon grimaldii Metz (a fossil therevid fly in Dominican amber)
  4. Cubanoptila grimaldii Wichard (a fossil caddisfly in Dominican amber)
  5. Ctenoplectrella grimaldii Engel (a fossil bee in Baltic amber)
  6. Afrarchaea grimaldii Penney (a fossil archaeid spider in Burmese amber)
  7. Plectromerus grimaldii Nearns & Branham (a fossil long-horn beetle in Dominican amber)
  8. Glabellula grimaldii Evenhuis (a fossil Mythicomyiidae in Dominican amber)
  9. Euliphora grimaldii Arillo & Mostovski (a fossil phorid fly in Spanish amber)
  10. Phyloblatta grimaldii Vršanský (a fossil roach from the Triassic of Virginia)
  11. Glyptotermes grimaldii Engel & Krishna (a fossil drywood termite in Dominican amber)
  12. Burmadactylus grimaldii Heads (a fossil pygmy mole cricket in Burmese amber)
  13. Grimaldinia Popov & Heiss (a genus of fossil leptosaldine shore bugs in Burmese amber)


  • Grimaldi, D. (1996). Amber: Window to the Past. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-2652-0.
  • Grimaldi, D. and Engel, M.S. (2005). Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-82149-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  1. ^ a b c "Staff Profiles: David Grimaldi". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2013-03-30.