P. David Polly
Professor and department chair
B.A. 1987, Plan II Honors Program (concentration in paleontology, zoology, geology), University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. 1993, Paleontology / Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
1001 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA
P. David Polly is a Professor in and chair of the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University (IU) A vertebrate paleontologist, he studies the evolution of mammals and other vertebrates in the fossil record, including trait-based studies of community response to environmental change, geometric morphometric analysis of evolution and morphology, phylogenetics, biogeography, and speciation on regional and continental geographic scales.
David is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and recently served as president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2016-18), Director of the IU Center for Biological Research Collections (2013-2018), and Associate Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU (2017-2018), and was an Edward P Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at the Yale University Institute of Biospheric Studies (2018-19).