Jere Lipps is Professor of the Graduate School (Integrative Biology). In 1989, he became director of the Museum of Paleontology, in 1990 the chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, and is currently professor of the Graduate School. A notably broad-based paleontologist, his interests include marine geology, marine biology, paleontology, especially micropaleontology, and astrobiology. He also contributes to the discussions of scientific illiteracy in America and the global problems of increasing population, energy supply and use, and global climate change. His research on these topics has taken him to all continents and 120 countries, with collaborations with the Paleontological Institute, Moscow, the Universidad Autonomea de Baja California Sur, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, the Muséum national d’Historie naturelle, Paris, Institut und Museum fur Geologie und Paleontologie, Universitat Tuebingen, Germany, and the Natural History Museum, London. This work has resulted in hundreds of scientific and popular publications in journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as appearances in various TV programs.
Lipps was born in Los Angeles where he received his undergraduate and graduate training in geology and paleontology at UCLA (B.A., 1962; Ph.D., 1966). He was a member of the geology faculty of UC Davis for two decades before moving to UC Berkeley. He has served as president both of the Paleontological Society and the Cushman Foundation, and as chair of the Association of North American Paleontological Societies. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Paleontological Society, the Geological Society of America, and the California Academy of Sciences. He is recipient of the W. Storrs Cole Award (Geological Society of America), Friends of Darwin Award (National Center for Science Education), J.A. Cushman Award (Cushman Foundation), the R. C. Moore Medal for Sustained Excellence in Paleontology (SEPM), and the United States Antarctic Medal. Lipps Island, Antarctica, is named in his honor.