David Jablonski

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]

David Jablonski
David Ira Jablonski

1953 (age 66–67)[citation needed]
Alma materColumbia University
Yale University
AwardsCharles Schuchert Award (1988)
Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2010)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
American Museum of Natural History
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
ThesisPaleoecology, Paleobiogeography, and Evolutionary Patterns of Late Cretaceous Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plain Mollusks (1979)

Jablonksi is a proponent of the extended evolutionary synthesis.[14]


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".[15] In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[16] In 2017 the Paleontological Society awarded him their most prestigious prize, the Paleontological Society Medal[15]


  1. ^ a b Zeliadt, N. (2013). "Profile of David Jablonski". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110 (26): 10467–9. Bibcode:2013PNAS..11010467Z. doi:10.1073/pnas.1309893110. PMC 3696805. PMID 23776231.
  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" (PDF). Science. 284 (5423): 2114–2116. doi:10.1126/science.284.5423.2114. PMID 10381868.
  5. ^ Jablonski, D (2000). "Micro- and macroevolution: scale and hierarchy in evolutionary biology and paleobiology" (PDF). Paleobiology. 26 (4): 15–52. doi:10.1017/S0094837300026877.
  6. ^ Jablonski, D. (2001). "Lessons from the past: Evolutionary impacts of mass extinctions" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 98 (10): 5393–5398. Bibcode:2001PNAS...98.5393J. doi:10.1073/pnas.101092598. PMC 33224. PMID 11344284.
  7. ^ Jablonski, D. (2002). "Survival without recovery after mass extinctions" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 99 (12): 8139–8144. Bibcode:2002PNAS...99.8139J. doi:10.1073/pnas.102163299. PMC 123034. PMID 12060760.
  8. ^ Jablonski, D. (2002) A more modern synthesis American Scientist 90 (July–August): 368-371.
  9. ^ Jablonski, D. (2004). "Extinction: Past and present" (PDF). Nature. 427 (6975): 589. Bibcode:2004Natur.427..589J. doi:10.1038/427589a. PMID 14961099.
  10. ^ Jablonski, D (2005). "Mass extinctions and macroevolution" (PDF). Paleobiology. 31 (2): 192–210. doi:10.1666/0094-8373(2005)031[0192:MEAM]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-12-20.
  11. ^ Jablonski, David (2007). "Scale and Hierarchy in Macroevolution" (PDF). Palaeontology. 50: 87–109. CiteSeerX doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00615.x.
  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. ^ "Evolution, the Extended Synthesis". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Past Award Recipients". Paleontological Society. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  16. ^ "David Jablonski elected to National Academy of Sciences". April 27, 2010.