Donald Prothero┬áis an American geologist and mammalian┬ápaleontologist who was one of the first to conduct research┬áin┬ámagnetostratigraphy, a technique to date rock layers that is┬áused to examine┬áhistorical┬áclimate changes. ┬áStephen Jay Gould┬ácited his research, which noted the lack of response to climate change in mammals, in support of the┬ápunctuated equilibrium┬ámodel of evolution.
Donald attended the┬áUniversity of California, Riverside,┬áwhere he studied paleontology, and went on to┬áreceive┬áhis Ph.D. in geological sciences from┬áColumbia University. ┬áHe taught and┬áled undergraduate paleontological and geological field trips at Columbia, CIT, Knox College, and Vassar. ┬áThen, for 27 years, he was a member of the faculty at┬áOccidental College. ┬áDonald is currently a research associate in vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.
Prothero has┬áauthored or edited more than 30 books and over 250 scientific papers, including 5┬ágeology textbooks. ┬áHe has appeared on Jeopardy, and he has also┬ádefeated┬áBen Stein on the show┬áWin Ben Stein’s Money.