The paleontology collections at Auburn University include ca. 2,500 specimens. The collection focuses on the state of Alabama, but also includes significant material from other portions of the southeastern United States. Loans of specimens are made to scientists and students associated with recognized institutions or to others with adequate credentials.

Paleontology Staff

D. Ray Wilhite, Ph.D.
Curator of Paleontology
Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-6738
Email D. Ray Wilhite

Thomas M. Cullen, Ph.D.
Curator of Paleontology
2055 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-4934
Fax: (334) 844-4295
Email Thomas Cullen

David Laurencio

David Laurencio
Collections Manager, Tetrapods
149 Biodiversity Learning Center (Office)
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. (Mail)
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-9127
Email David Laurencio

Research Associates


Volunteer workers in the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection perform tasks vital to the maintenance and use of the collection. During their volunteer activities, they become experienced in curatorial functions, gain familiarity with the fossil vertebrate fauna of Alabama, and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of scientists. For more information or to volunteer your services, e-mail or visit with the Curator.