David Polly

P. David Polly

Professor of Geological Sciences
Curator, IU Paleontological Collection
Paleontology

Office:   GY524A
Phone:   812-855-7994
Email:   pdpolly@indiana.edu

Affiliated Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University
  • Affliate Member, Integrated Program in the Environment, Indiana University
  • Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Educational Background

  • B.A., 1987, Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas–Austin
  • Ph.D., 1993, Paleontology, University of California–Berkeley
  • Fellow, 1994-1996, Michigan Society of Fellows, Geological Sciences, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Research Interests

  • Mammalian paleontology
  • Quantitative evolution
  • Biotic responses to changing earth systems

Graduate Students

  • Spencer Hellert, Indiana University, PhD, current student, expected completion May 2018.
  • Allison K. Bormet, Indiana University, PhD, current student, expected completion May 2016.
  • Blaire Hensley-Marschand, Indiana University, PhD, current student, (dual major: Anthropology-Geology) expected completion September 2015.
  • Michael Smith, Indiana University, PhD, current student, expected completion May 2016.
  • Robin Green, Indiana University, PhD, current student (co-supervised with Jackson Njau) expected completion date May 2017.

Honors and Awards

James Philip Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students. 2011. Indiana University.

McCormick Science Grant (with A. Michelle Lawing). 2011. For faculty/graduate student team whose research is judged most creative, visionary, and innovative. College of Arts and Sciences, University of Indiana.

Drapers’ Prize for Excellence in Teaching. 2004. Queen Mary, University of London.

Joseph T. Gregory Award. 2001. For outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Service

2013-2018 Director, College Center for Biological Research Collections, College of Arts and Sciences and Office for the Vice President for Research, Indiana University–Bloomington.

2014-Present Member, Dean of Students Advisory Committee.

2013-Present Chair, Advisory Board, Glenn Black Laboratory for Archaeology. Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University.

2006-Present Research Curator, IU Paleontological Collection, Dept. of Geol. Sciences.

2011-Present Elected Member, Policy/Executive Committee, Dept. of Geol. Sciences.

2014-2015 Member, Curriculum Revision Committee

2013-2017 Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Assessment Committee.

2011-2015 Member, IT Committee, Dept. of Geol. Sciences.

Public Outreach

Representative Public Outreach Talks

Hip deep in giant snakes: Titanoboa and temperature in the Paleocene. Blatchley Nature Study Club, Noblesville, Indiana. 22 January 2015.

Ectotherms in a changing world: reptiles and climate in the past, present, and future. 29th Midwest Herpetological Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana. 18 October 2014.

Hip deep in giant snakes: Titanoboa and temperature in the Paleoeocene. Indiana Society of Paleontology, Greenfield, Indiana. 6 September 2014.

Howto be a paleontologist. National Fossil Day Talk, Monroe County History Society. 15 October 2013.

How to be a paleontologist. National Fossil Day Talk, Indiana Geological Survey and Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University. 24 October 2012.

Mapping rattlesnakes and climate change. Open Data Visualization Brownbag, Wells Library, Indiana University. 24 October 2012.

Prehistoric climate and life in southern Indiana: 500 million years of Hoosier history. Lawrence County History Museum, Bedford, Indiana. 8 October 2012.

Hip deep in giant snakes: Titanoboa and temperature in the Paleocene. Hoosier Herpetological Society, Indianapolis, Indiana. 19 September 2012.

Paleontology of Indiana: 500 Million Years of Hoosier History. Mini-course to alumni at IU Mini University. 21 June 2012.