Niles Eldredge is an American paleontologist, who, along with Stephen Jay Gould, proposed the theory of punctuated equilibrium in 1972.
In 1969, Eldredge became Curator in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History, a position which he still holds. He is also Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York. After the development of the punctuated equilibrium theory in 1972, Eldredge went on to develop a hierarchical vision of evolutionary and ecological systems. He has has published more than 160 scientific articles, books, and reviews, including ‘Reinventing Darwin’ and ‘Dominion’.