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David R. Lindberg
Curator/Professor, Integrative Biology

David R. Lindberg


Phone: (510) 642-3926

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His research: Dave studies the evolutionary history of the nearshore marine environment around the Pacific Rim. "I am fascinated with plate tectonics in the Pacific Rim," he says. Because of the tectonic activity, the nearshore marine habitat has changed a lot over the past 25 million years, affecting the evolution of the organisms that have lived there.

His path to science: "I'm one of those kids who knew at 8 or 9 years old that I wanted to be a marine biologist." However, Dave didn’t follow the typical path towards a career in marine biology. Along the way, Dave spent six years in the military and started a family. Only then did he begin college. While in school, Dave volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences, where he started doing research on mollusks. Dave got a Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz, and then came to Berkeley, continuing his research on the inhabitants of the Pacific Rim.


Estes, J.A., R. Steneck, and D. R. Lindberg. 2013. Exploring the consequences of species interactions through the assembly and disassembly of food webs: A Pacific-Atlantic comparison. Bull. Mar. Sci., 89(1): 11-29.

Oleg Simakov, Ferdinand Marletaz, Sung-Jin Cho, Eric Edsinger-Gonzales, Paul Havlak, Uffe Hellsten, Dian-Han Kuo, Tomas Larsson, Jie Lv, Detlev Arendt, Robert Savage, Kazutoyo Osoegawa, Pieter de Jong, Jane Grimwood, Jarrod A. Chapman, Harris Shapiro, Andrea Aerts, Robert P. Otillar, Astrid Y. Terry, Jeffrey L. Boore, Igor V. Grigoriev, David R. Lindberg, Elaine C. Seaver, David A. Weisblat, Nicholas H. Putnam and Daniel S. Rokhsar. 2013. Insights into bilaterian evolution from three spiralian genomes. Nature, 493:526-531.   Read it

Schulhof, M. and D. R. Lindberg. 2013. The ontogeny of the lower reproductive tract of Helix aspersa. Organisms Diversity Evolution. 13: 559-568.

Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O'Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor. 2012. Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27(11):608-17

Begovic, E. and D. R. Lindberg. Genetic population structure of Tectura paleacea: implications for the mechanisms regulating population structure in patchy coastal habitats. PLoS ONE 6(4):e18408, 1-10.  Read it

Hallinan, N. and D. R. Lindberg. 2011. Comparative analysis of chromosome counts infers three paleopolyploidies in the Mollusca. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3:1150-1163.  Read it

Pyenson, N. D. and D. R. Lindberg. 2011. What happened to gray whales during the Pleistocene? The ecological impact of sea-level change on benthic feeding areas in the North Pacific Ocean. PLoS ONE 6(7):e21295, 1-14.  Read it

Wägele, H., A. Klussmann-Kolb, M. Kuhlmann, G. Haszprunar, D. R. Lindberg, A. Koch, and W. Wägele. The taxonomist - an endangered race. A practical proposal for its survival. Frontiers in Zoology 8:(25) 1-7.  Read it

Thanukos, A., J.G. Scotchmoor, R. Caldwell, and D.R. Lindberg. 2010. Science 101: Building the foundations for real understanding. Science. 330: 1764-1765.

Lindberg, D.R. 2009. Global warming. Pp. 376-380 in R. Gillespie and D.A. Clague (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Lindberg, D.R. 2009. Monoplacophorans and the origin and relationships of mollusks. Evolution: Education and Outreach 2:191-203.

Scotchmoor, J., D. Lindberg, T. White, J. Flynn, and R. Ross. 2006. The Paleontology Portal: a unique partnership, SPNHC-NSCA 2006 Program & Abstracts, p. 59.

Simison, W.B., D.R. Lindberg and J.L. Boore. 2006. Rolling circle amplification of metazoan mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(2):562-567.

Estes, J.A., D.R. Lindberg, and C. Wray. 2005. Evolution of large body size in abalones (Haliotis): Patterns and implications. Paleobiology 31(4):591-606.

Pyenson, N.D., and D.R. Lindberg. 2003. Phylogenetic analyses of body size in Neoceti: preliminary proxies for studying cetacean ecology in the fossil record. Abstracts for the 15th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Greensboro, NC. Pp. 133-134.