David J. Bottjer

Expert on fossils, origin of animal life, mass extinctions and evolution in the oceans

Professor of Earth sciences and biological sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • fossils
  • fossil history of life
  • evolution and the oceans
  • invertebrate paleontology
  • mass extinctions
  • paleoecology
  • paleobiology

Additional Information

  • Co-editor, Exceptional Fossil Preservation: A Unique View on the Evolution of Marine Life (2002) and Evolutionary Paleoecology (2001)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • Editor-in-Chief, Palaeogeography; Palaeoclimatology; Palaeoecology (2000-present)
  • President, The Paleontological Society (2004-2006)

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