Dr. Leonard Krishtalka

Director, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Museum of Natural History


Since 1995, Leonard Krishtalka has served as Director of the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.  Previously, Krishtalka was assistant director and research paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, and a Program Officer at the U.S. National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.

Krishtalka serves on the boards of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Copenhagen (www.gbif.org); and the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, Seattle (https://jrsbiodiversity.org/).

He studied zoology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology at McGill University, the University of Alberta, the University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University.  His research, funded by NSF, NASA, NEH, DoEd, and other agencies, encompassed the paleobiology of modern mammals. His publications include ~250 research articles, policy papers, and op-eds, and a book of popular natural history essays, Dinosaur Plots. He is a Fellow of AAAS, and received the CASE Award for Writing Excellence

Krishtalka is also the author of the Harry Przewalski novels, The Bone Field (June, 2019), Death Spoke (Nov., 2019),and The Camel Driver (July, 2020).  A fourth novel of historical fiction, The Body on the Bed, is due fall, 2020.

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