Peter D. Roopnarine, Curator
Peter D. Roopnarine, Curator
Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco CA 94118

Peter Roopnarine is the Curator of Geology and Paleontology at the California Academy of Sciences. His research interests cover a rambling array of topics, including mechanisms and community dynamics of extinction, recovery from mass extinction, models of tempo and mode of evolution in the fossil record, molluscan paleoecology, and bivalve evolution and systematics. He grew up in Jamaica and Trinidad, and has also lived in Canada and more states in the USA than he cares to remember. He has been at the California Academy of Sciences since 1999.

Rhiannon Roopnarine is 7 years old, and considers herself to be one of the world's most junior paleontologists. She has been collecting shells, rocks, fossils, twigs, leaves and other natural paraphernalia since the age of 2. The past two summers she worked as a paid assistant in the paleontology lab of the California Academy of Sciences, and this summer proved herself to be a very competent and fearless field assistant. Her other interests include horses and riding, reptiles (both real and rubber), photography, mythology, Barbies (and all such dolls), and Survivorman. Her recent declaration, “I really like math” has warmed her daddy's heart.