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David Grimaldi

Curator, Amber, Diptera, Isoptera, Lepidoptera, Holometabolous Minor Order Collections
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School


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  • Education

      • Cornell University, Ph.D., 1986
      • SUNY Binghamton, M.Sc., 1983
      • University of Connecticut, B.Sc., 1979
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Grimaldi’s research addresses 400 million years of insect evolutionary history, from species-level diversity in drosophilid and other flies, to the earliest Devonian fossil hexapods.  He is particularly interested in fossils preserved in amber and in the paleobiology of fossilized resins, and has developed the world’s most scientifically important collection of amber fossils.  He has conducted field work on five continents in over 40 countries, collecting Recent species and excavating fossils.  Research is primarily based on morphology, which is analyzed phylogenetically for optimal interpretation of evolutionary patterns and past events.  Other specific interests include the nature of evolutionary radiations, the role of paleoclimate in evolution, the origins and evolution of modern tropical forest ecosystems; science writing, illustration and imaging, and the history of science.

      Please contact Dr. Grimaldi if you are interested in borrowing Amber, Diptera, Isoptera, Lepidoptera, Mecopterida, Neuropterida or other Holometabolous minor orders, or visiting these parts of the collection.

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  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience

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