Los Angeles, California.


1962 B.A., UCLA in Geology
1966 Ph.D., UCLA in Geology (Paleontology), Major Advisor: Helen Tappan.

Professional Positions:

Assistant through Full Professor of Geology, University of California, Davis, 1967-1988.
Professor of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1988--89.
Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989--
Curator of Paleontology, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1988--

Director, Institute of Ecology, University of California, Davis.  1971.
Chair, Department of Geology, University of California, Davis, 1972-1974, 1979-1984.
Director, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-97.
Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991-94.

Visiting Scientist, Department of Geology, Oxford University, 1975.
Guest Professor, Geologisk Institut, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 1977.
Visiting Scientist, British Museum (Natural History), London, 1989.
Guest Lecturer, Institut und Museum fur Geologie und Paleontologie, Universitat Tuebingen, Germany, 1997.
Visiting Scholar, Dept. Histoire de la Terre,Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 2005-06

Professional Societies:

Paleontological Society
Geological Society of America
Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research
Sigma Xi
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
British Micropaleontological Society


Honors and Awards

NSF Undergraduate Research Award, 1962.
Fellow, Shell Foundation, 1964-65.
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1965--
Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University, 1975--
Fellow, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, 1976--
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1978--
Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, 1985--
Lipps Island, Antarctica (see map and photo), named in honor of by Antarctic Board of Geographic Place Names, 1979.
Antarctic Medal of the United States. 1979.
Fellow, Christensen Research Foundation. 1989.
National Academy of Science Visiting Scientist to Russia, 1992.
W. Storrs Cole Award from Geological Society of America, 1993.

Darwin Award, National Center for Science Education, 1993.

Fellow, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.


Research Interests:

Evolutionary biology of marine animals and protists in particular. This interest involves the study of the ecology and biology of fossil and living species. This approach is particularly important for marine protozoans, as little is known of their biology or detailed ecology. My research may therefore be divided into studies of modern marine communities and species, and of particular problems in the fossil record using both the fossil and molecular biological records.

Astrobiology of Jupiter’s icy moons and Mars based on analogies with Earth’s icy ecosystems.


Current Research Projects:

Early evolution of protists using data from the fossil and molecular biological record (sites: Berkeley; White Sea, Siberia and Urals, Russia; western US).
Ecology and evolution of reef foraminifera (sites: Papua New Guinea; UC Berkeley, Gump Biological Station, Moorea, French Polynesia; Palau; other sites in the South Pacific).
Biology of foraminifera (sites: Berkeley; Bodega Marine Laboratory and coast of N. California; Catalina Marine Lab, S. California; Papua New Guinea; Gump Station, Moorea).
Molecular sequencing of protists (lab site: UCMP Molecular Biology Lab; field sites: see above).
Paleontology of the Galapagos Islands (sites: Berkeley; Galapagos Islands).
Tracks and trails and taphonomy of modern marine soft-bodied organisms as clues to interpreting the first animal fossils (NSF support;  sites:  UCB Gump Biological Station, UCD Bodega Marine Lab, Berkeley, Guam, Moscow, White Sea).

Astrobiology of Europa (sites:  lab analysis of Galileo Images)


Editorial Service, Past and Present:

Associate Editor, Paleobiology.
Associate Editor, Micropaleontology
Associate Editor, Journal of Foraminiferal Research.
Editorial Board, Evolutionary Monographs.
Editorial Board, Geology.
Editor, Marine Micropaleontology.


Professional Activities:

Participating Scientist, Deep-Sea Drilling Project, NSF, 1968-71.
Participating Scientist, United States Antarctic Research Program, NSF, 1971-81.
Advisor, North Coast Institute (California), 1973-81.
Advisor, Natural Landmarks Program, National Park Service, 1974-80.
Working Group on Plankton Evolution, Paleoenvironmental Panel, Deep-Sea Drilling Program, NSF, 1975.
Constitution Revision Committee, American Society of Naturalists, 1975.
Director, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Inc. 1975--
Member, California Islands Symposium Coordinating Committee, 1976-77.
Coordinator for Biological Programs, Ross Ice Shelf Project, Division of Polar Programs, NSF, 1976-79.
Member, Advisory Committee for the Ross Ice Shelf Project, NSF, 1977-79.
Working Group on the Paleogene/Neogene Boundary, Commission on Stratigraphy, International Union of
      Geological Sciences, 1977-86.
Paleontological Society Medal Committee, Paleontological Society, 1978-81.
Raymond C. Moore Award Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists,
Advisor, Antarctic Policy Group, Sierra Club, 1980-86.
Chair, J. A. Cushman Award Committee, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Inc. 1980-86.
Ocean Margin Drilling Program Advisory Committee for Antarctic Planning, 1981.
Organizing Committee, Third North American Paleontological Convention (Montreal), 1981-82.
Chief Science Lecturer, World Discover, Antarctica, 1982.
Vice-President, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Inc. 1982-83.
President, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Inc. 1983-84; 2001-2002.
Advisor,  "Paleontologist", State of California, Energy Commission, 1983.
Advisor, Project COLD (an instructional program for middle grade [5-8] students), 1983-
Site Selection Committee, Fourth North American Paleontological Convention, 1983.
Organizer and Member, Cushman Foundation Endowment Fund, 1983-
Chair, Student Grants Program, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Inc. 1983-86.
Advisory Committee for the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Geological Society of America, 1984-
Publications Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1984-87.
Nominating Committee, Paleontological Society, 1985-87.
Chairman, Marine Micropaleontology Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1985-86.
Cushman Foundation Representative to the Association of North American Paleotological Societies, 1985-90.
Liaison Committee for Paleontological Society/Society of Economic Paleontologists
      and Mineralogists, 1986.
Nominating Committee, Paleontological Society, 1985-86.
Organizer/Editor, Paleontological Society Short Course on "Fossil Protists", 1987.
Chair, Nominating Committee, Paleontological Society, 1987.
Working Group V ("Evolution and Extinction of Oceanic Biota"), Second Conference on Scientific Ocean
      Drilling (COSOD II), 1987-88.
American Geological Institute, Earth Science Education for the 21st Century for Grades K-12., 1988.
Representative of the Paleontological Society to the National Science Board in paleoceanography, 1988.
Organizer and Chair, Forams '94--International Symposium on Foraminifera, Berkeley, 1991-94.
Committee on Governmental Affairs, Association of Systematic Collections, 1994.
President-Elect, Paleontological Society, 1995-96.
Trustee, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, 1996-99.
Co-Organizer, Paleontology in the 21st Century, Frankfurt 1997, 1996-1999.
President, Paleontological Society, 1996-97.
Past-President, Paleontological Society, 1997-98.
Chair, Association of North American Paleontological Societies, 1997-2000.

Organizer, North American Paleontologic Convention, 2001, Berkeley.

Associate Member, American Academy of Underwater Sciences, 2004-



Over 400 technical papers, abstracts, reviews, miscellaneous publications, government reports, books, and magazine articles; of these over 185 are articles published in scientific journals or books and deal with marine geology, marine biology and paleontology.  These may be viewed in complete chronological list.


Selected Publications:

1982.   Signor, Philip W., III, and Lipps, Jere H.  Sampling bias, gradual extinction patterns and catastrophes in the fossil record.  Geological Society of America Special Papers.  190:291-296.

1983.   Lipps, Jere H. Biotic interactions in benthic foraminifera, pp. 331-376. In: M. J. S. Tevesz and P. L. McCall, (eds.), Biotic Interactions in Recent and Fossil Benthic Communities. Plenum Publishing Co., New York.

1986.  Lipps, Jere H. Extinction dynamics in pelagic ecosystems, pp. 87-104. In: Elliott, D. K. (ed.), Dynamics of Extinctnion. J. Wiley & Sons,, Inc., New York.

1987.   Erskian, M. G., and Jere H. Lipps. The population dynamics of the foraminiferan Glabratella ornatissima (Cushman) in northern California. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 17:240-256.

1988.   Lipps, Jere H. Predation on foraminifera by coral reef fish: taphonomic and evolutionary implications. Palaios. 3:315-326.

1990.  Finger, K. L., Lipps, Jere H., Weaver, J. C. B., Miller, P. Biostratigraphy and depositional environments of calcareous microfossils in the lower Monterey Formation (lower to middle Miocene), Graves Creek area, Central California: Micropaleontology 36: 1-55, 15 pls.

1992.  Lipps, Jere H., Bengtson, S., and Fedonkin, M. A.  Ecology and biogeography, p. 437-441, in Schopf, J. W., and Klein, C., (Eds.), The Proterozoic biosphere:  A multidisciplinary study.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  1348 p.

1992.  Lipps, Jere H. and Signor, P. W. (Eds.). Origin and early evolution of Metazoa. Plenum Publishers. 570 p.

1993.  Lipps, Jere H. (Ed.).  Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists. Blackwell Scientific Publishers, Boston and Oxford. 321 p.

1993.  Langer, M. R., Lipps, Jere H., and Piller, W. E. Molecular paleobiology of protists: amplification and direct sequencing of foraminiferal DNA.  Micropaleontology.39:63-68.

1994.  Song, Y., R. G. Black, and Lipps, Jere H. Morphological optimization in the largest living foraminifera: Implications from finite element analysis.  Paleobiology  20(1): 14-26.

1995.  Wray, C. G., Langer, M. R., DeSalle, R., Lee, J. J., and Lipps, Jere H., Origin of the foraminifera. Proc. National Acad. Sciences 92:141-145.

1995.  Langer, M. R., Lipps, Jere H., and Moreno, G. Predation on foraminifera by the dentalioid deep-sea scaphopod Fissidentalium megathyris. Deep-Sea Research 42: 849-857.

1995.  Langer, M. R., and Lipps, Jere H.  Phylogenetic incongruence between dinoflagellate endosymbionts (Symbiodinium) and their host foraminifera (Sorites):  Small-subunit ribosomal RNA gene sequence evidence.  Marine Micropaleontology 26: 179-186.

1996.  Lindberg, D. R., and Lipps, Jere H.  Reading the chronicle of Quaternary
temperate rocky-shore faunas.  p. 161-182, In:  Jablonski, D., Erwin, D., and Lipps, J. H.  Evolutionary Paleobiology.  Univ. Chicago Press

1996.  Lipps, J.  H.  The decline of reason?In:  Scotchmoor, J., and McKinney, F. K. (Eds.), Learning from the Fossil Record, Paleontological Soc. Special Papers 2:  3-10.

1996.  Lipps, Jere H., and Rozanov, A. Yu.  The Late Precambrian--Cambrian agglutinated fossil Platysolenites.  Paleontological Journal 30:  679-687.

1997.  Xiping, D., Knoll, A. H., and Lipps, J. H.  Late Cambrian Radiolaria from Hunan, China.  Journal of Paleontology 71: 753-758.

1997.  Langer, M. R., Silk, M. T., and Lipps, J. H.  Global ocean carbonate and carbon dioxide production:  The role of reef foraminifera.   Jour. of Foraminiferal Res.  27:271-277.

1998.  Lipps, J. H.  The Radiation of Animals.  California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.  Web publication at:

1998.  Lipps, J. H.  Paleontology--The adventure continues.  Paleontologia Electronica 1 (1):

1998.  Lipps, J. H., Collins, A. C., and Fedonkin, M. A.  Evolution of biological complexity:  Evidence from geology, paleontology and molecular biology.  Proc. of SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering.  v. 3441, Instruments, methods, and missions for astrobiology, p. 138-148.

1998.  Lipps, J. H.  The media, trash science and paleontology.  Palaeontologica Electronica.

1999.  Lipps, J. H.  Beyond Reason--Science in the Mass Media.  p. 71-90 In Schopf, J. W.  (Editor).  Evolution, Facts and Fallacies.  Academic Press.

1999.  Lipps, J. H.  Paleontology challenged!  Paleontologica Electronica

1999.  Lipps, J. H.  This is science!  p. 3-16 in Scotchmoor, J., and Springer, D. A. (Eds.), Evolution:  Investigating the Evidence.  Paleontological Society Special Publication 9: 3-16.

1999.  Lipps, Jere H. and Langer, Martin R.  Benthic foraminifera from the meromictic Mecherchar Jellyfish Lake, Palau (western Pacific).   Micropaleontology 45 (3): 278-284.

1999.  Lipps, J. H.  Science, a candle in the dark.  Skeptical Briefs 9 (3): 5-7.

1999.  Lipps, J. H.  Creationism versus evolution:  From bad to worse!

2000.  Collins, A. G., Lipps, J. H., and Valentine, J. W.  Modern mucocillary creeping trails and the body plans of Neoproterozoic trace markers.   Paleobiology 26(1): 47-55.

2000.  Lipps, J. H. Paleontology and the mass media. In Lane, R. H., Steininger, F. F., Kaesler, R. L., Ziegler, W., and Lipps, J. H.  (Eds.)  Fossils and the Future:  Paleontology in the 21st Century.  Senckenberg Buch Nr. 74: 215-222.


2002.  Lipps, Jere H.  How to get a Reputation in Paleontology! A Twelve-Step Program. Palaeontologia Electronica, vol. 5, issue 1, 2pp., 79KB.


2002.  Lipps, Jere H., and Culver, S. J.  The trophic role of marine microorganisms through time.  In: Kowalewsik, M., and Kelley, P. H. (Eds.), The fossil record of predation.  Paleontological Society Papers 8: 69-92


2003.  Culver, S. J., and Lipps, Jere H.  2003  Predation on and by foraminifera.  Pp. 7-32, in: Kelley, P.H., Kowalewski,M., and Hansen T.A. (Eds.).  Predator-Prey Interactions in the Fossil Record.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.


2003.  Langer, M. R., Lipps, Jere H.  Foraminiferal distribution and diversity, Madang Reef and Lagoon, Papua New Guinea. Coral Reefs  22: 143-154.


2003.  Mónica Medina, AG. Collins, John Taylor, James W. Valentine, Jere H. Lipps, Linda Amaral-Zettler, And Mitchell L. Sogin.  2003. Phylogeny of Opisthokonta and the Evolution of Multicellularity and Complexity in Fungi and Metazoa.  International Journal of Astrobiology 2(3): 203-211.


2004.  Hayward, B. W., Scott, G. H., Grenfell, H. R., Carter, R., Lipps, Jere H.  Estimation of tidal elevation and salinity histories of sheltered harbours and estuaries using foraminifera.  The Holocene 14 (2): 218-232.


2004.  Lipps, Jere H., and Valentine, J. W.  Late Neoproterozoic Metazoa:  Weird, wonderful and ghostly.  Paleontological Soc. Papers 10: 51-66.


2004.  Lipps, J. H., Delory, G., Pitman, J., and Rieboldt, S.  Astrobiology of Jupiter’s Icy Moons.  Proc. of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering),  5555: 78-92.


2004.  Lipps, Jere H. Success story:  The history and development of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Proc. California Acad. Sciences.  55 (Suppl. I): 209-243, 22 figs.


2005.  Hawkes, A., Scott, D. B., and Lipps, Jere H.  Evidence of Possible Precursor Events for Mega-thrust Earthquakes on the West Coast of North America.  Geological Society of America Bulletin.


2005.  Lipps, Jere H., and Rieboldt, Sarah.  Habitats and taphonomy of life on Europa.  Icarus. 177:  515-527. 


2005.  Schulze-Makuch1, D., Irwin, L. N., Lipps, J. H., LeMone, D., Dohm5, J. M., and Fairén, A. G.  Scenarios for the Evolution of Life on Mars.  Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets, 110, E12S23, doi:10.1029/2005JE002430.



Recent collaborators

M. A. Fedonkin, Paleontological Institute, Moscow, Russia.
J. W. Schopf, Department of Earth and Space Science, UCLA, Los Angeles.
C. S. Hickman, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley.
A. Knoll, Botanical Museum, Harvard University.

J. W. Valentine, Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley.


Usual Teaching Assignments:

Integrative Biology 167:  Astrobiology:  The Scientific Search for Life in the Universe.
Integrative Biology 158 Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands (Moorea field lab, French Polynesia).
Integrative Biology 180 Paleobiology of Prokaryotes and Protists.
Integrative Biology 280 Seminar in Paleontology.
Integrative Biology 285 Advanced Marine Micropaleontology.
Integrative Biology 290 Research Seminar.
Integrative Biology 296 Communication in the Biological and Earth Sciences.