Warren D. Allmon is the Director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, NY and the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He earned his A.B. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 1988. For four years he was Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and became PRI's fourth Director in 1992. Since 1992, he has been instrumental in rejuvenating PRI's internationally-known fossil collections; starting its local, regional, and national programs in Earth science education; and in planning and fundraising for the Museum of the Earth, PRI's $11 million education and exhibit facility which opened in September 2003. In November 2004, Allmon helped secure a formal agreement of affiliation between PRI and Cornell, ending more than 70 years of official separation.
Allmon's major research interest is macroevolution and paleoecology, especially the ecology of the origin and maintenance of biological diversity and the application of the geological record to the study of these problems, particularly using Cenozoic marine gastropods (snails of the last 65 million years).
Allmon is the author of more than 250 technical and popular publications. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society, and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geoscience from the American Geological Institute.
Paleobiology, Paleoecology, Macroevolution, Evolution of Cenozoic Mollusks
Paleobiology, evolution and paleoecology
- 2016."Whence the Gosport Sand (Upper Middle Eocene, Alabama)? The Origin of Glauconitic Shell Beds In the Paleogene of the U.S. Gulf Coastal Plain."Journal of Sedimentary Research86(11): 1249-1268. .
- 2016."Studying species in the fossil record: A review and recommendations for a more unified approach."In Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record, 59-120. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press Books. .
- 2015."Macroecology and evolution of a crab "super predator', Menippe mercenaria (Menippidae), and its gastropod prey."Biological journal of the Linnean Society116(3): 571-581. .
- 2016."Coming to terms with "tempo and mode": Speciation, anagenesis, and assessing relative frequencies in macroevolution.."In Evolutionary theory: A hierarchical perspective, edited by Niles Eldredge, Telmo Pievani, Emanuele Serrelli, Ilya Temkin, 260-281. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press Books. .
- 2016."Darwin and palaeontology: a re-evaluation of his interpretation of the fossil record."Historical Biology28(5): 680-706. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Fellow(Paleontological Society)2012
- Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences(American Geological Institute)2004
- Fellow(Geological Society of America)2000
- First runner-up for Best Paper Award for 1994(Journal of Paleontology)1995
- Upham Geology Prize(Dartmouth College)1982
- BA(Earth Science),Dartmouth College,1982
- Ph D(Earth Science),Harvard University,1988