Fellow paleontologists, I am delighted to introduce David Jablonski this evening. For over thirty years, Dave has been one of the most influential scientists in our midst. I’ve been given only five minutes, so I can’t do justice to the wide range of his contributions on topics as diverse as: the effect of larval ecology on evolution; causes of the latitudinal diversity gradient; determinants and consequences of geographic range size; environmental and geographic patterns in the origin and fate of evolutionary novelties; the biology and evolutionary impact of mass extinctions; species selection; and the fundamental truth that macroevolution is not...

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