David M. Raup
Department of the Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60637 USA
David Raup is the Avery Distinguished Service Professor (emeritus) of Geophysical Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, and The Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently a member of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute.
Raup's principal research interests have
included (in approximate chronological order): microevolutionary change in
Tertiary echinoids, crystallography and morphogenesis of the echinoderm
skeleton, modeling and simulation of morphology, and synoptic studies of
Phanerozoic diversity and patterns of extinction. From this work have come
numerous research papers and several books, including Handbook of
Paleontological Techniques (1963, with B. Kummel), Principles of Paleontology
(1971, 1978, with S. Stanley), The Nemesis Affair: a Story of the Death of
Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science (1986, 1999), and Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad
Luck? (1991). He now resides in retirement with his wife, Judith Yamamoto, on a
remote island in Lake Michigan.