Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College

I am a geoscientist with a broad background ranging from a traditional hard rock training at the University of SUNY Albany where I received my B.S. in geology, and M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I focused on soil geochemistry and the paleoclimatic significance of relict glacial and periglacial landforms in the Snake Range of Great Basin National Park.

My fascination with geology began as a child growing up on Thompson Lake in the Helderberg Mountains of Upstate New York. My interest was further heightened because when my father built our house, he hit bedrock at ~10 feet, so our basement floor was a bedding plane of Devonian age Manlius Limestone. He also constructed our fireplace hearth and numerous rock walls out of the surrounding Manlius and Coeymans Limestone, which are riddled with coral, brachiopod, and crinoid fossils. Thus, at the age of seven, I decided I wanted to be a paleontologist.

I am the Associate Editor of The Journal of Geoscience Education.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College