Department of Geology and Planetary Science
University of Pittsburgh
Harold Rollins (aka “Bud”) was born in the small community of Randallsville, in Madison County, New York and still spends part of each year at his childhood home on the bank of the Chenango River, surrounded by those very fossils that initially attracted him to the field of geology. Although the serpentine path of his geological education extended from nearby Colgate University, to the University of Wisconsin, and then to Columbia University, and his teaching career took him to Antioch College and then to the University of Pittsburgh, his “sense of place” has never wavered. He and his life’s companion, Judith Crane Rollins (a native of nearby Eaton, New York), and their son, Steve, view this area as “home”.
Rollins’ research specialties include invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, coastal geology, and geoarchaeology. Besides central New York State state, he has done extensive research in coastal Georgia and coastal New England, Peru, and throughout the Appalachian Basin.
Rollins is the author of numerous publications dealing with these various disciplines. He is professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. His wife Judith has assisted him both in the field and in the laboratory, as well as co-authored several publications, especially in coastal geology and geoarchaeology.