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Warren Douglas Allmon

  • Warren Douglas Allmon
  • Dept: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Title: Hunter R Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology
  • Address: 1142 Snee Hall
  • Phone: 607 273-6623
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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.

Research Interests

Paleobiology, Paleoecology, Macroevolution, Evolution of Cenozoic Mollusks

Teaching Interests

Paleobiology, evolution and paleoecology



Selected Publications

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