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Dr. Adiel A. Klompmaker

Dr. Adiel A. Klompmaker

Curator of Paleontology, Museum Research & Collections
Affiliated Staff, Alabama Museum of Natural History

Education

  • 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

About


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!

Announcements

  • Interested in volunteering in the paleontology collections? Just contact me.
  • Are you a student and interested in a research project in invertebrate paleontology? Please contact me.
  • We do have a Paleontology Collection Enhancement Fund. Please check it out for tax-deductible donations.

Selected Publications

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: 472520.

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: 306326.

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: 723726.

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: 11681170.

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: 223289.

Klompmaker, A.A. and P.H. Kelley. 2015. Shell ornamentation as a likely exaptation: evidence from predatory drilling on Cenozoic bivalves. Paleobiology 41: 187201.

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: 11791182.

 

Other Activities

Associate Editor, PALAIOS (2017 – Present)

Reviewer >65 scientific articles

Author of ~300 popular science articles in paleontology and earth sciences

 

Selected Media Appearances 

‘Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago’, 18 September 2019.

‘Marine predators bulked up over eons to dominate their prey’, 15 June 2017.

‘Bringing paleontological research into the classroom’, 8 October 2015.

‘It’s little crabs vs. big environmental problems in reef habitats’, 9 September 2015.

‘Study reveals 180 million years of parasitic infestation in crustaceans’, 8 October 2014.

‘Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline’, 23 September 2013.

‘Research highlights biodiversity hotspot in fossil coral reef’, 23 January 2013.

‘World record find: Oldest evidence of lobsters living together discovered in gas shale’, 8 March 2012.


Websites and Social Media

Google Scholar

ResearchGate

Twitter

iNaturalist