Albert D. Kollar
Collection Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology
Albert D. Kollar is a geologist and collection manager in the Section of Invertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Kollar received his MS in geology from the University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted research and field work throughout the United States as well as Canada, England, Wales, Germany, and Sweden. He has authored more than 30 research papers on fossil brachiopods, reefs, climate change, and the geology of Carnegie dinosaurs, eurypterids, and fossil amphibians.
Kollar has traveled extensively throughout the United States and conducted research on invertebrate fossils, climate change, and the geology at sites of significant Carnegie paleontology discoveries. His most recent research will take him to Ireland, France, Italy, and Croatia to study the geology and provenance of the famous architectural stones used in the historic Carnegie Museum building in Oakland.
Kollar has presented well over 100 geology seminars and fossil field trips throughout western Pennsylvania for schools, regional parks, community organizations, conservancies, and professional meetings. He has organized several forums on energy and the history of fossil fuels of western Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh’s Osher Institute. He has collaborated with the Shady Side Academy Middle School’s Earth Science program for more than a decade.
Kollar was the president of the Pittsburgh Geological Society from 2011–2014. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity, Geological Society of America, Global Heritage Stone, and the Pittsburgh Geological Society.
Recent Blog Posts
The Hidden Fossil Treasures of the Section of Invertebrate Paleontology of the Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryBy Albert D. Kollar When people hear the name Invertebrate Paleontology often times they are confused what it means. Invertebrates are animals without backbones such as trilobites, lobsters, clams, snails, corals, sea urchins, …Read More »
- Albert Kollar attended the American Geophysical Union Meetings program in Seattle, where he gave a presentation on changing portrayals of landscape on the transition to the Anthropocene. Albert collaborated with staff at both CMOA and CMNH to complete …Read More »
- Amber is fossilized tree resin, hardened over time into a natural plastic. Many people know of amber from the film Jurassic Park, in which scientists extract DNA from blood of dinosaurs that had …Read More »
Research Publications 2017 - 2010
Kollar, A.D. 2017. The Pentelic Marble of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Hall of Sculpture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in ASMOSIA XI.
Kollar, A.D. Hughes, K., Rich Fedosick, Feely, M., and Joyce Jr., A. 2017. The Connemara Marble in the Carnegie Museum. PAlS Publication 22.
Kollar, A.D. 2017. The Pentelic Marble of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Hall of Sculpture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PAlS Publication 23.
Hannibal, J., Kollar, A.D., and Holstein, A. 2107. Fort Pitt to Coal Hill: Geological, Archaeological, and Historical Aspects of Downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington. Geological Field Trips from the 2017 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections. Edited by Joseph Hannibal and Kyle Fredrick.
Brezinski, D. K. and Kollar, A.D. 2016. Reevaluation of the Age and Provenance of the Giant Palmichnium Kosinskiorum Eurypterid Trackway, from Elk County, Pennsylvania. ACM 84, pp. 1-7.
Lucas, S.G., Kollar, A. D., Berman, D.S., Henrici, A.C. 2016. Pelycosaurian-Grade (Amniota: Synapsida) Footprints from the Lower Permian Dunkard Group of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ACM, 83, pp. 287 – 294.
Kollar, A.D. 2015. The Pentellic Marble of the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A. ASMOSIA XI, XI, International Conference, Split, Croatia, 18-22 May.
Harper, J. L. and A.D. Kollar. 2015. Reflections on “Spirifer disjunctus”, a group of Late Devonian brachiopods useful for correlations in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geology, Vol. 45, No. 2.
Carter, J.L. Brezinski, D.K. A.D. Kollar, Dutro, T. 2014. Brachiopoda Taxonomy and Biostratigraphy of the Redwall Limestone (Lower Mississippian) of Arizona. Annals of Carnegie Museum (ACM), 82: 257 – 290.
Brezinski, D.K. and A.D. Kollar. 2011. Pennsylvanian climatic events and their congruent biotic responses in the central Appalachian Basin, in Ruffolo, R.M., and Ciampaglio, C.N., eds. From the Shield to the Sea: Geological Field Trips from the 2011 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections: Geological Society of America Field Guide 20:45 – 60. Field trip leader.
Berman, D.S., A. C. Henrici, D. K. Brezinski, A.D. Kollar. 2010. A new Trematopid Amphibian (Temnospondyli: Dissorophoidea) from the upper Pennsylvanian of western Pennsylvania: Earliest record of terrestrial vertebrates responding to a warmer, drier climate. ACM, 78, 289 – 318.
Geology Field Guides
Hannibal, J., Kollar, A.D., and Holstein, A. 2107. Fort Pitt to Coal Hill: Geological, Archaeological, and Historical Aspects of Downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington. Geological Field Trips from the 2017 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections. Edited by Joseph Hannibal and Kyle Fredrick
Kollar, A.D., Harper, J.A., David Cale. 2015. Karst, caves, and Chestnut Ridge. Geology of the Laurel Caverns Area, Fayette CO., Pennsylvania. PAlS Field Trip, PAlS Publication 20.
Kollar, A.D., Harper, J.A., Norman L. Samways. 2014. Geology and History of Ironmaking in Western Pennsylvania. PAlS Publication 19.
Brezinski, D.K. and Kollar, A.D. 2011. Pennsylvania climatic events and their congruent biotic responses in the central Appalachian Basin. The Geological Society of America Field Guide 20.