Joe Hannibal

Curator & Head of Invertebrate Paleontology at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Joe Hannibal

Joe Hannibal

Curator & Head of Invertebrate Paleontology at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Joe Hannibal has research interests in paleontology and geology. He is an authority on fossil myriapods (arthropods including millipedes and centipedes). He also specializes in cultural geology, the interface between geology and human culture.

Hannibal began working as an associate curator of invertebrate paleontology in 1983 and became curator in 1990. His research into fossil myriapods has identified new specimens dating back more than 300 million years and filled in portions of their family tree. For his extensive contributions to this field, a new genus of fossil millipede was named in his honor, Hannibaliulus wilsonae.

The cultural geology portion of Hannibal’s research has taken him to cemeteries, capitol buildings, downtown landmarks, Civil War battlefields and canals in Ohio and other states. His work has looked at the types of building stone in these places and explored why they were selected and how they were used. It has also examined how natural geological features of the land shaped human settlement. The results of his research have appeared in technical publications, as well as in a series of guidebooks for the lay reader. Hannibal regularly leads walking tours of areas in Cleveland with notable building-stone geology, including downtown Cleveland and Lake View Cemetery.

Hannibal was part of a team from the Museum that consulted on the renovation of downtown Cleveland’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. They investigated why marble panels inside the monument were warped. The project yielded new insights into how marble panels can bend over time and a technique for remediating the problem.

Another of Hannibal’s cultural geology projects is investigating the origins of millstones in the United States. These disc-shaped stones were an essential part of milling grain in the 19th century, but where they were made and how they were distributed is unclear. Hannibal’s work has focused on millstones in Ohio, and he has identified a method of using microfossils to distinguish millstones made from stone of French origin from those made of other, similar stone from Ohio. This work is a portion of a broader study of millstones across the country and in Europe.

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