- Postdoctoral Scholar & Assistant Project Scientist, University of California Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology & UC Museum of Paleontology, 2015-2019
- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History & Department of Geological Sciences, 2012-2015
- PhD, Kent State University, Department of Geology, 2012
- MS, Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences, 2006
At a young age, I had the great pleasure of finding fossil plants and marine invertebrates close to my parents’ house. My passion for paleontology ultimately led to a master’s degree, a PhD, and couple of postdoctoral positions. Although I like plants and vertebrates as well, I am primarily an invertebrate paleontologist. My research focuses mainly on biotic interactions among marine animals, but I also study many aspects of the fossil record of crustaceans. I have supervised research of >15 students. Currently, I serve as an associate editor for the journal PALAIOS. I also enjoy teaching classes related to general geology and paleontology, in addition to a wide variety of outreach activities and taking care of and enhancing the UA Museums paleontology collection. Feel free to contact me about any paleontology-related question you may have!
- Interested in volunteering or an internship in the paleontology collections? Just contact me.
- Are you a UA student wanting to do a research project in invertebrate paleontology? Please contact me.
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Klompmaker, A.A., P.H. Kelley, D. Chattopadhyay, J.C. Clements, J.W. Huntley, and M. Kowalewski. 2019. Predation in the marine fossil record: studies, data, recognition, environmental factors, and behavior. Earth-Science Reviews, 194: 472–520.
Klompmaker, A.A., M. Hyžný, R.W. Portell, C. Jauvion, S. Charbonnier, S.S. Fussell, A.T. Klier, R. Tejera, and S.L. Jakobsen. 2019. Muscles and muscle scars in fossil malacostracan crustaceans. Earth-Science Reviews 194: 306–326.
Robins, C.M. and A.A. Klompmaker. 2019. Extreme diversity and parasitism of Late Jurassic squat lobsters (Decapoda: Galatheoidea) and the oldest records of porcellanids and galatheids. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 187: 1131–1154.
Klompmaker, A.A., and S. Finnegan. 2018. Extreme rarity of competitive exclusion in modern and fossil marine benthic ecosystems. Geology 46: 723–726.
Klompmaker, A.A., M. Kowalewski, J.W. Huntley, and S. Finnegan. 2017. Increase in predator-prey size ratios throughout the Phanerozoic history of marine ecosystems. Science 356: 1168–1170.
Klompmaker, A.A., R.W. Portell, and M.G. Frick. 2017. Comparative experimental taphonomy of eight marine arthropods indicates distinct differences in preservation potential. Palaeontology 60: 773–794.
Klompmaker, A.A., S.L. Jakobsen, and B.W. Lauridsen. 2016. Evolution of body size, vision, and biodiversity of coral-associated organisms: evidence from fossil decapod crustaceans in cold-water coral and tropical coral ecosystems. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 132.
Klompmaker, A.A. and G.A. Boxshall. 2015. Fossil crustaceans as parasites and hosts. In: Fossil Parasites (K. De Baets, and D.T.J. Littlewood, eds.). Advances in Parasitology 90: 223–289.
Klompmaker, A.A. and P.H. Kelley. 2015. Shell ornamentation as a likely exaptation: evidence from predatory drilling on Cenozoic bivalves. Paleobiology 41: 187–201.
Klompmaker, A.A., C.E. Schweitzer, R.M. Feldmann, and M. Kowalewski. 2013. The influence of reefs on the rise of Mesozoic marine crustaceans. Geology 41: 1179–1182.
Associate Editor, PALAIOS (2017 – Present)
Reviewer >65 scientific articles
Author of ~300 popular science articles in paleontology and earth sciences