I am the Curator of Geology, and I've been at the Academy since 1999. I hold degrees in Biology (B.Sc.), Oceanography (M.S.) and Geology (Ph.D.). My research is transdisciplinary, with a focus on understanding the evolution of ecological systems, emphasizing paleontology, deep time, and perspectives on complexity dynamics. Most of my research these days centers around global change biology, and how we can further develop our understanding of Earth's past ecosystems to better forecast our future.
I was born in the United Kingdom, and grew up in the beautiful countries of Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of California Davis, and later became a citizen of the United States. I am a strong supporter of immigrants, broad inclusivity of all persons in American society, and the promotion of underrepresented groups in the sciences, including women and ethnic minorities.
CURATOR: Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology, Institute of Biodiversity Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences.
VISITING PROFESSOR: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.
RESEARCH PROFESSOR: Dept. of Biology, San Francisco State University.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR: Dept. of Geosciences, San Francisco State University.
Currently funded projects include:
- NSF, "Integrated Earth Systems Collaborative Research: Terrestrial Late Permian to Early Triassic Earth Systems in NE Pangea: Insights into the Tempo, Effects, and Causes of the End-Permian Mass Extinction." (co-PIs Angielczyk, Crowley, Gastaldo, Griessman, Sidor, Tabor, Yang). 2017-2020.
- NSF, "Collaborative Research: Mesozoic Tethyan paleocommunity dynamics: Modelling complexity and stablity during times of biotic escalation and community restructuring." (C. Tyler, co-PI). 2016-2019.
- NSF ADBC, "Digitization TCN: Collaborative: Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific. Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years". (C. Marshall, E. Davis, G. Dietl, J. Druckenmiller, E. Nesbitt, J. Vendetti, co-PIs). 2015-2019.
- NSF, "Earth Life Transitions Collaborative Research: Restructuring of terrestrial environments following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction". (K. Angielczyk and C. Sidor, co-PIs). 2013-2018.
Roopnarine, P. D. Ecological modeling of paleocommunity food webs, 2018. In Conservation Paleobiology. Science and Practice. Gregory Dietl and Karl Flessa, editors. University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226506692
Roopnarine, P. D. and A. A. Dineen, 2018. Coral reefs in crisis: The reliability of deep-time food web reconstructions as analogs for the present. In Marine Conservation Paleobiology. Carrie Tyler and Chris Schneider, editors. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-73795-9
Roopnarine, Peter D., Kenneth D. Angielczyk, Savannah Olroyd, Sterling J. Nesbitt, Jennifer Botha-Brink, Brandon R. Peecook, Michael O. Day, Roger M. H. Smith, 2018. Comparative Ecological Dynamics Of Permian-Triassic Communities From The Karoo, Luangwa And Ruhuhu Basins Of Southern Africa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37(6): 254-272. (Altmetrics)
Printrakoon, C., P. D. Roopnarine and T. Yeemin, 2018. Ecology of Pinnidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from The Gulf of Thailand. Acta Oceanologica Sinica (in press).
Myhre, S. E., K. J. Kroeker, T. M. Hill, P. D. Roopnarine and J. P. Kennett, 2017. Community benthic paleoecology from high-resolution climate records: Mollusca and Foraminifera in post-glacial environments of the California Margin. Quaternary Science Reviews 155: 179-197. (Altmetrics)
Roopnarine, P. D., 2016. Ancient food web interactions. Access Science, McGraw-Hill Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1036/1097-8542.YB160510
Roopnarine, P. D. and K. D. Angielczyk, 2016. The stability of ecological communities as an agent of evolutionary selection: Evidence from the Permian Triassic mass extinction. In Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective. Niles Eldredge, Telmo Pievani, Emanuele Serrelli, and Ilya Tëmkin, editors. University of Chicago Press. p. 307-333.
Roopnarine, P. D. and K. D. Angielczyk. 2015. Community stability and selective extinction during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Science 350: 90-93. DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1371 (Abstract & reprint) (Altmetrics)
Moffitt, S. E., T. M. Hill, P. D. Roopnarine and J. P. Kennett. 2015. Response of seafloor ecosystems to abrupt global climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112: 4684-4689. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417130112 (Altmetrics)
Schreiber, H. A., P. D. Roopnarine and S. J. Carlson. 2014. Three-dimensional morphological variability of Recent rhynchonellide brachiopod crura. Paleobiology. 40:640-658.
Roopnarine, P. D. 2013. Omslagpunt voor de aarde (Tipping the Biosphere). In Meer!, M. Thieme (ed.). Uitgeverij Jan van Arkel, Netherlands. p. 87-98. ( English translation)
Goodwin, D. H., D. Gillkin and P. Roopnarine. 2013. Preliminary evaluation of potential stable isotope and trace element productivity proxies in the oyster Crassostrea gigas. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 373:88-97.
Simons, J. D. et al. 2013. Building a fisheries trophic interaction database for management and modeling research in the Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem. Bulletin of Marine Science 89:135-160.
Vermeij, G. J. and P. D. Roopnarine. 2013. Reining in the Red Queen: The dynamics of adaptation and extinction re-examined. Paleobiology 39:560-575.
Roopnarine, P. D. 2012. Red queen for a day: models of symmetry and selection in paleoecology. Evolutionary Ecology 26:1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-011-9494-6
Roopnarine, P. D. and K. D. Angielczyk. 2012.The evolutionary palaeoecology of species and the tragedy of the commons. Biology Letters 8:147-150. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0662 (Altmetrics)
Roopnarine, P. D. and R. Hertog. 2012. Detailed food web networks of three Greater Antillean coral reef systems: The Cayman Islands, Cuba and Jamaica. Dataset Papers in Ecology Vol. 23, 9 p.
Mitchell, J. S., P. D. Roopnarine and K. D. Angielczyk. 2012. Late Cretaceous restructuring of terrestrial communities facilitated the End-Cretaceous mass extinction in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:18857-18861. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1202196109. (Altmetrics)
Kavanaugh, D. H., S. L. Archambeault, P. D. Roopnarine and J. Ledford. 2011. A re-consideration of the taxonomic status of Nebria lacustris Casey (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Nebriini) based on multiple datasets - a single species or a species complex?. Zookeys 147:199-228.
Mindell DP, Fisher BL, Roopnarine P, Eisen J, Mace GM, et al. 2011. Aggregating, Tagging and Integrating Biodiversity Research. PLoS ONE 6(8): e19491. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019491