Income from these gifts supports outstanding graduate students for field and/or museum support. Publication of results is required. The number, amount, and recipient(s) of the support is determined by the chair of the department and the Paleobiology faculty.
Erle Kauffman Paleobiology Fund
Biography: Erle Kauffman, 1933-2016
Honored for his many contributions to the geological and paleontological sciences, Erle also was acknowledged as a master teacher, researcher and mentor, advancing the education of many through his passion for learning, rigorous science, and generosity of ideas. Erle held an academic position at Indiana University Bloomington since 1996.
Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Erle received his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was awarded a Doctorate in Geological Sciences in 1961. Subsequently, Erle built a 20-year career with the US National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where he ultimately held the position of full curator, Department of Paleobiology. During that tenure, Erle also served as adjunct professor of Geology, George Washington University, Washington DC. From 1980 to 1996, Erle was professor and later chair (1980-1984), in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Emeritus Professor Erle Kauffman awarded The Paleontological Society’s 2014 Medal: The Paleontological Society’s medal is presented to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology. Erle received the medal at the Society’s annual meeting which was held in conjunction with the GSA annual meeting in Vancouver.