Geerat J. Vermeij


Geerat J. Vermeij (born 28 September 1946 in Sappemeer), is a Dutch-born professor of geology at the University of California, Davis.

Geerat J. Vermeij
Born28 September 1946
Alma materPrinceton University
Yale University
AwardsDaniel Giraud Elliot Medal (2000)
Paleontological Society Medal (2006)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California at Davis

Blind from the age of three, he moved from The Netherlands to Nutley, New Jersey as a child and graduated from Nutley High School in 1965.[1] Vermeij graduated from Princeton University in 1968 and received his Ph.D. in biology and geology from Yale University in 1971.

An evolutionary biologist and paleontologist, he studies marine molluscs both as fossils and as living creatures. He started writing about his Escalation hypothesis in the 1980s. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.[2] In 2000 Vermeij was awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.[3]


  • Evolution and Escalation: An Ecological History of Life,
  • A Natural History of Shells,
  • Privileged Hands,
  • Nature: An Economic History,
  • The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Seashells to Civilization (ISBN 978-0312591083).


  1. ^ 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee, Geerat J. Vermeij, Nutley Hall of Fame. Accessed November 9, 2019. "Geerat J. Vermeij is one of the world’s preeminent scientists in ecology, malacology and biology. Born in Holland, he came to America, lived in Nutley and graduated from Nutley High School in the Class of 1965."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-09-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Vermeij faculty page at UCD