I earned the M. S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. More recently, I received a M. S. degree in Advanced Technology fromSUNY Binghamton. I taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Paleobiology, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Biology by Inquiry, and in the spring, The U. S. Civil War in Book, Film, and Field.
My research focuses on fossils from the Devonian period in New York and on Mark Twain’s interest in science generally and paleontology and geology in particular. Recent publications include “A Fossil Guide to Mark Twain’s Essay, ‘Was the World Made for Man?’ in The Mark Twain Annual, and presentations to the New York Paleontological Society at the American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of the Earth, the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, and The Rochester Academy of Sciences, plus a podcast for Scientific American.
My favorite pastimes include listening to traditional world music, classical music, opera; photography, camping, hiking, and bicycling.
My A Fossil Guide to Mark Twain's Essay "Was the World Made for Man?" lecture at Quarry Farm (audio lecture will play in a separate window).