1 Acknowledgements

The documentation for the Neotoma Paleoecology Database would not be possible without the extrordinary work of Dr. Eric C. Grimm (Jacobson 2021) who spent countless hours developing the original database manual, and was the center of an incredible community built around the database. Neotoma rests on the work of a number of researchers who contributed to the original North American Pollen Database, and subsequent data contributors, including FAUNMAP contributors and the data contributions of Allan Ashworth. The Neotoma Database would not exist were it not for the ongoing contributions of authors, data analysts and funding agencies, in particular the National Sciences Foundation. This manual draws heavily from Eric Grimm’s original Neotoma manual (v2), published as (E. Grimm 2008).

The Postgres snapshot of the database is accessible from the Neotoma Snapshots page. For users who may be interested in loading the database using Docker, a GitHub repository is available to install the latest snapshot and build a container locally.


Grimm, EC. 2008. “Neotoma: An Ecosystem Database for the Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Holocene.” Illinois State Museum Scientific Papers E Series 1.
Jacobson, George L. 2021. “A Tribute to Eric C. Grimm (1951–2020).” Palynology 45 (2): 187–90. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2020.1870281.