Associate Research Professor of Geological Sciences and Quaternary Studies

Evolutionary Biology, siliceous micropaleontology


Ph.D.1973Columbia University

Current Research:

My interests are in three fields of study:

1. Evolutionary Biology, particularly the tempo and mode of evolution. I pursue the long continuous records of siliceous microfossils in deep-sea sediment cores to test hypotheses about the rate and timing of morphologic change - is it continual, continuous, or episodic; what does that tell us about the nature of evolution at and above the species level? I am also interested in the more purely philosophical questions of species individuality, and the ethical implications of evolutionary biology.

2. Siliceous Micropaleontology. The spatial and temporal distribution of siliceous microfossils (diatoms and radiolaria) in polar marine and nonmarine sediments and/or glacial ice is an independent indicator of paleo-oceanic and atmospheric circulation for the reconstruction of paleoclimatic conditions. My particular interest is in Greenland and Antarctica through the last glacial cycle.

3. Paleoclimatology. The spatial and temporal distribution of silicious microfossils in cores from polar ice sheets may be used as independent tests of hypotheses concerning paleo wind strength and direction.

Selected Publications:

Kellogg, D.E. and T.B. Kellogg, 1987, Diatoms of the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for sediment and biotic reworking. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 60, 77- 96.

Kellogg, D.E. and T.B. Kellogg, 1987, Microfossil distributions in modern Amundsen Sea sediments. Marine Micropaleontology,12, 203-222.

Kellogg, D.E., 1988, "And Then a Miracle Occurs" - Weak links in the chain of argument from Punctuation to Hierarchy. Biology & Philosophy, 3, 3-28.

Kellogg, T.B., D.E. Kellogg, and M. Stuiver, 1990, Late Quaternary history of the southwestern Ross Sea: Evidence from debris bands on the McMurdo Ice Shelf. Antarctica. Contr. Antarct. Res., I, Antarctic Res. Ser. (AGU), 50, 25-56.

Kellogg, T.B., T. Hughes, and D.E. Kellogg, 1996, Late Pleistocene Interactions of East and West Antarctic Ice Flow Regimes: Evidence from the McMurdo Ice Shelf. Journal of Glaciology, 42(142), 486-500.

Kellogg, D.E. and T.B. Kellogg, 1996, Diatoms in South Pole ice: Implications for eolian contamination of Sirius Group deposits. Geology, 24(2), 115-118.


Davida E. Kellogg
Institute for Quaternary Studies
University of Maine
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790

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