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Biography

Niles Eldredge has been a paleontologist on the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History since 1969. His specialty is the evolution of trilobites—a group of extinct arthropods that lived between 535 and 245 million years ago.

Eldredge’s main professional passion is evolution. Throughout his career, he has used repeated patterns in the history of life to refine ideas on how the evolutionary process actually works. The theory of “punctuated equilibria,” developed with Stephen Jay Gould in 1972, was an early milestone. Eldredge went on to develop a hierarchical vision of evolutionary and ecological systems, and in his book The Pattern of Evolution (1999) he unfolds a comprehensive theory (the “sloshing bucket”) that specifies in detail how environmental change governs the evolutionary process.

Concerned with the rapid destruction of many of the world's habitats and species, Eldredge was Curator-in-Chief of the American Museum’s Hall of Biodiversity (May, 1998), and has written several books on the subject—most recently (1998) Life in the Balance. He has also combated the creationist movement through lectures, articles and books—including The Triumph of Evolution...And The Failure of Creationism (2000).

An amateur jazz trumpeter and avid collector of 19th century cornets, Eldredge has turned his evolutionary approach to cornet history—and to the comparison of patterns and processes of material cultural and biological evolution. A critic of gene-centered theories of evolution, Eldredge’s Why We Do It  (2004) presents an alternative account to the gene-based notions of “evolutionary psychology” to explain why human beings behave as they do.

Eldredge is the Curator responsible for the content of the major exhibition Darwin, which opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on November 19, 2005. The exhibition travels to Boston, Toronto and Chicago before going to the Natural History Museum in London in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth in 2009. His book Darwin. Discovering the Tree of Life (2005) accompanies the exhibition.

He lives with his wife and 400 cornets in Ridgewood, New Jersey—but repairs to the Adirondack Mountains to hike, think and write as often as possible.

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Niles Eldredge: Curriculum Vitae

Curator, Division of Paleontology
The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th St.
New York, New York 10024
212-769-5723; 212-769-5783 (Fax);
e-mail

DATE OF BIRTH: August 25, l943

MARITAL STATUS: Married, two children

EDUCATION: A.B., Columbia College, New York, June, 1965 (Summa Cum Laude); Ph.D. (Geology), Columbia University, October 1969

EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Curator, Department of Invertebrate Paleontology, The  American Museum of Natural History, 1969-1974; Associate Curator, Department of Invertebrates, 1974-1979; Curator, l979-; Chairman, 1984-1991;  Adjunct Professor of Biology, City University of New York, 1972-; Adjunct Assistant (1969-1974) and Associate (1974-1981) Professor, Department of Geology, Columbia University

AFFILIATIONS: Trustee, Biodiversity Foundation for Africa; Member: Paleontological Society, Palaeontological Association, Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Zoology, AAAS.

SOCIETY OFFICES: Coeditor, Systematic Zoology, 1973-1976; Councilor, Paleontological Society, 1977-1979

HONORS: Schuchert Award, Paleontological Society, 1979; Lappe Award, The Hastings Center, 1997

 

Books by Niles Eldredge

Cracraft, J. and N. Eldredge (eds.) 1979. Phylogenetic Analysis and Paleontology. Columbia University Press, New York, 233 p.

Eldredge, N. and J. Cracraft. 1980. Phylogenetic Patterns and the Evolutionary Process. Method and Theory in Comparative Biology. Columbia University Press, New York, 349 p. Japanese edition, Soju Shobo, 1990.

Eldredge, N. 1982.  The Monkey Business. A Scientist Looks at Creationism. Pocket Books, New York.  157 p. Japanese edition, 1992.

Eldredge, N. and I. Tattersall. 1982 The Myths of Human Evolution.> Columbia University Press, New York. 197 p. Japanese edition arranged through Columbia U. Press.; Spanish edition 1986: Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico; Portuguese ed.: 1984, Zahar Editores, Rio de Janeiro; Italian ed., 1984: Boringheri.

Eldredge, N. and S. M. Stanley (eds.). 1984.  Living Fossils. Springer Verlag, New York.

Eldredge, N. 1985 Time Frames.  Simon and Schuster, New York. 240 pp. Great Britain: Heilman; Princeton University reprint edition. Italian edition, 1991, hopefulmonster editore.

Eldredge, N. 1985.  Unfinished Synthesis. Biological Hierarchies and Modern Evolutionary Thought.  Oxford University Press, New York. 237 pp.

Eldredge, N. 1987.  Life Pulse. Episodes in the History of Life. Facts on File, New York. 246 pp. Pelican edition (Great Britain)

Eldredge, N. (ed.). 1987. Natural History Reader on Evolution. Columbia University Press, N.Y.

Eldredge, N. 1989. <Macroevolutionary Dynamics: Species, Niches and Adaptive Peaks. McGraw-Hill, New York. Japanese edition: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Japan, Ltd.

Eldredge, N., D. Eldredge and G. Eldredge. 1989. The Fossil Factory. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Reading, Mass.

Eldredge, N. 1991. The Miner's Canary. Extinctions Past and Present. Prentice-Hall Books, New York; English edition: Virgin Publishing, Ltd.; Korean edition: Moeum Publishers; Italian edition: Sperling and Kupfer. German Edition: Spektrum; U.S. paperback edition: Princeton University Press.

 Eldredge, N. 1991. Fossils. The Evolution and Extinction of Species. Photographs by Murray Alcosser. Abrams, New York; Australian edition: Houghton Mifflin; English edition: Aurum Press; German edition: Belser Verlag.

Eldredge, N. (ed.). 1992. Systematics, Ecology and the Biodiversity Crisis. Columbia University Press, New York.

Eldredge, N. and M. Grene. 1992. Interactions. The Biological Context of Social Systems. Columbia University Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Eldredge, N. 1995. Reinventing Darwin. The Great Debate at the High Table of Evolutionary Theory. John Wiley and Sons, New York; English edition: Orion; Italian edition: Einaudi Editore.

Eldredge, N. 1995. Dominion.Henry Holt and Co; paperback edition, University of California Press, 1997.

Eldredge, N. 1998. Life in the Balance. Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis. Princeton University Press. Portugal: Dinalivre; China/Taiwan: International Publishing Co.; Poland: Proscynski; Japan: Seidosha; Spain: TusQuets; Italy: Guilo Einaudi Editore.

Eldredge, N. 1999. The Pattern of Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Co., N.Y.

Eldredge, N. 2000. The Triumph of Evolution….And the Failure of Creationism. W.H. Freeman and Co., N.Y.

Eldredge, N (ed.). 2002. Life on Earth. An Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution.ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California.

Eldredge, N. 2004. Why We Do It Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene. W.W. Norton, New York. 258 p + index.

Eldredge, N. 2005. Charles Darwin. Discovering the Tree of Life. W.W. Norton, New York.

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Niles Eldredge

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Niles Eldredge (born August 25, 1943) is an American paleontologist, who, along with Stephen Jay Gould, proposed the theory of punctuated equilibrium in 1972.

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Education

Eldredge began his undergraduate studies in Latin at Columbia University. Before completing his degree he switched to the study of anthropology under Norman D. Newell. It was at this time that his work at the American Museum of Natural History began, under the combined Columbia University-American Museum graduate studies program.

Eldredge graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1965, and enrolled in the university's doctoral program while continuing his research at the museum. He completed his PhD in 1969.

Paleontology

In 1969, Eldredge became Curator in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History, a position which he still holds. He is also Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York. His specialty is the evolution of mid-Paleozoic Phacopida trilobites: a group of extinct arthropods that lived between 543 and 245 million years ago.

Evolutionary theory

Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould proposed punctuated equilibrium in 1972. Punctuated equilibrium is a refinement to evolutionary theory. It describes patterns of descent taking place in "fits and starts" separated by long periods of stability.

Eldredge went on to develop a hierarchical vision of evolutionary and ecological systems. Around this time, he became focused on the rapid destruction of many of the world's habitats and species. Throughout his career, he has used repeated patterns in the history of life to refine ideas on how the evolutionary process actually works.

Eldredge is a critic of the gene-centric view of evolution and the notion that evolutionary theory can be held accountable to patterns of historical data. His most recent venture is the development of an alternative account to the gene-based notions of evolutionary psychology to explain why human beings behave as they do.

He has published more than 160 scientific articles, books, and reviews, including Reinventing Darwin, an examination of current controversies in evolutionary biology, and Dominion, a consideration of the ecological and evolutionary past, present, and future of Homo sapiens.

Personal life

Eldredge enjoys playing jazz trumpet and is an avid collector of 19th century cornets.[1] He shares his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his wife and more than 500 cornets.[1] He also has two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Eldredge possesses a chart of the historical development of cornets (the musical instruments), which he uses as a comparison with that of the development of trilobites. The differences between them are meant to highlight the failures of intelligent design by comparing a system that is definitely designed, with a system that is not designed.

References

  1. ^ Wertheim, Margaret. " SCIENTIST AT WORK -- Niles Eldredge; Bursts of Cornets and Evolution Bring Harmony to Night and Day", The New York Times, March 9, 2004. Accessed November 20, 2007. "By his own admission, Dr. Niles Eldredge is a pretty mediocre horn player. Tootling on a cornet in his living room in Ridgewood, N.J., he pumps out a few bars of Bach, then puts down the instrument with a good-natured sigh."

Bibliography

  • Cracraft, J. and N. Eldredge (eds.) 1979. Phylogenetic Analysis and Palaeontology. Columbia University Press, New York
  • Eldredge, N. and J. Cracraft. 1980. Phylogenetic Patterns and the Evolutionary Process. Method and Theory in Comparative Biology. Columbia University Press, New York, 349 p. Japanese edition, Soju Shobo, 1990
  • Eldredge, N. 1982. The Monkey Business: A Scientist Looks at Creationism. Pocket Books, New York. 157 p. Japanese edition, 1992
  • Eldredge, N. and I. Tattersall. 1982. The Myths of Human Evolution. Columbia University Press, New York. 197 p. Japanese edition arranged through Columbia U. Press.; Spanish edition 1986: Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico; Portuguese ed.: 1984, Zahar Editores, Rio de Janeiro; Italian ed., 1984: Boringheri
  • Eldredge, N. and S. M. Stanley (eds.). 1984. Living Fossils. Springer Verlag, New York.
  • Eldredge, N. 1985. Time Frames. Simon and Schuster, New York. 240 pp. Great Britain: Heilman; Princeton University reprint edition. Italian edition, 1991, hopefulmonster editore
  • Eldredge, N. 1985. Unfinished Synthesis: Biological Hierarchies and Modern Evolutionary Thought. Oxford University Press, New York
  • Eldredge, N. 1987. Life Pulse: Episodes in the History of Life. Facts on File, New York. Pelican edition (Great Britain)
  • Eldredge, N. (ed.). 1987. Natural History Reader on Evolution. Columbia University Press, New York
  • Eldredge, N. 1989. Macroevolutionary Dynamics: Species, Niches and Adaptive Peaks. McGraw Hill, New York. Japanese edition: McGraw Hill Publishing Co., Japan, Ltd.
  • Eldredge, N., D. Eldredge and G. Eldredge. 1989. The Fossil Factory. Addison Wesley Publishing Co., Reading, Massachusetts
  • Eldredge, N. 1991. The Miner's Canary: Extinctions Past and Present. Prentice Hall Books, New York; English edition: Virgin Publishing, Ltd.; Korean edition: Moeum Publishers; Italian edition: Sperling and Kupfer. German Edition: Spektrum; U.S. paperback edition: Princeton University Press
  • Eldredge, N. 1991. Fossils: The Evolution and Extinction of Species. Photographs by Murray Alcosser. Abrams, New York; Australian edition: Houghton Mifflin; English edition: Aurum Press; German edition: Belser Verlag
  • Eldredge, N. (ed.). 1992. Systematics, Ecology and the Biodiversity Crisis. Columbia University Press, New York
  • Eldredge, N. and M. Grene. 1992. Interactions: The Biological Context of Social Systems. Columbia University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Eldredge, N. 1995. Reinventing Darwin: The Great Debate at the High Table of Evolutionary Theory. John Wiley and Sons, New York; English edition: Orion; Italian edition: Einaudi Editore
  • Eldredge, N. 1995. Dominion. Henry Holt and Co; paperback edition, University of California Press, 1997
  • Eldredge, N. 1998. Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis. Princeton University Press. Portugal: Dinalivre; China/Taiwan: International Publishing Co.; Poland: Proscynski; Japan: Seidosha; Spain: TusQuets; Italy: Guilo Einaudi Editore
  • Eldredge, N. 1999. The Pattern of Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Co., New York
  • Eldredge, N. 2000. The Triumph of Evolution...And the Failure of Creationism. W.H. Freeman and Co., New York
  • Eldredge, N. (ed.). 2002. Life on Earth: An Encyclopaedia of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California
  • Eldredge, N. 2004. Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene. W.W. Norton, New York
  • Eldredge, N. 2005. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. W.W. Norton, New York

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