Invertebrate Paleontology

Geologist/Collection Manager Albert D. KollarAlbert Kollar

KollarA@carnegiemnh.org
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.622.5513
412.622.8837 (fax)

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Academic Training
Pittsburgh Geological Society, Past President 2011–2014
MS Geology, University of Pittsburgh
BS Geology, Southhampton University

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Regional Geology Education Collaborations through the Application of Museum Collections, Research, and Field Work 

  • Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Landscape Paintings a Scientific Approach to Climate Change
  • Geology, Architecture, and Culture History of Carnegie Museum Building Stones
  • Pittsburgh Geological Society
  • Shady Side Academy Middle School Earth Science, Sixth Grade
  • Winchester Thurston School
  • Shady Side Middle School Earth Science, Fifth Grade
  • Frick Science Academy, Fourth Grade
  • Nine Mile Run Watershed Association of Frick Park
  • Venture Outdoors
  • Montour Trail Council

Research Interests  

  • Carboniferous brachiopod paleontology of the Redwal Limestone of Arizona
  • Late Paleozoic reef–brachiopod ecology of Montana and New Mexico
  • Geology of Carnegie's Dinosaurs, Sheep Creek, Wyoming, and Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen, Utah
  • Paleoclimates of Late Paleozoic tetrapods of western Pennsylvania
  • Paleoclimates of Pennsylvania Age eurypterid trackway of western Pennsylvania

Current Research of Western Pennsylvania Invertebrate and Vertebrate Fossils 

  • Paleoclimate and deposition of Pennsylvania Age giant eurypterid trackway from Elk County, Pa.
  • Paleoclimate and deposition environment of Mississippian age brachiopods from the Loyalhanna Limestone
  • Brachiopod review on “Spirifer disjunctus” , an index fossil of Late Devonian rocks in Pennsylvania & New York
  • Geology and paleoclimate of 307 million year old giant millipede trackway from Ohio coal mine
  • Geology and paleoclimate of 307 million year old fossil amphibian footprints from Ohio coal mine

Current Research Utah, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland 

  • Geology and Climate of Carnegie Dinosaurs at Dinosaur National Park, Utah
  • Trilobites and brachiopods from the Mississippian age in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

Geology Discoveries  

  • Section research and collecting continues to investigate late Devonian and Carboniferous climate change and its implication to biotic evolution and extinction. During this episode of global climate change from the late Devonian through the late Pennsylvanian or 65 million years of time, global climatic cooling and warming had a profound affect on Earth's paleoenvironments, sea level, extinctions, and evolution. Preliminary evidence (invertebrate fossils) collected from the Carboniferous reefs of the Bridger Range of Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, suggests an apparent biotic recovery from the marine extinctions of the Late Devonian Ice House climate.
  • Research on the geology of the classic Carnegie Museum Dinosaur Quarries in Sheep Creek, Wyoming, and Earl Douglass (Dinosaur National Monument), Jensen, Utah, continues.

Western Pennsylvania Discoveries  

  • The investigation continues of the rocks of the Pittsburgh region for evidence on late Pennsylvanian climate change and how it might affect tetrapod (vertebrate) evolution during the Carboniferous.
  • A reinvestigation of the holotype euryterid trackway in Elk County, Pennsylvania, is underway.