I am excited to announce that I will soon be joining the staff of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI; Ithaca, New York) as the new Director of Publications. One of my major responsibilities in this new position will be editing and producing the Bulletins of American Paleontology, one of the oldest paleontological journals.
In spring 2015 I was honored to be nominated as Distinguished Lecturer for the Paleontological Society. I am excited to begin my two year term in January 2016. For additional details, please see the Paleontological Society webpage.
Alycia Stigall, Bruce Lieberman, and I recently published a paper in Palaeontologia Electronica about our Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project.
The Digital Atlas project is focused on developing new open access resources to help avocational, student, and professional paleontologists identify and learn about fossil discoveries. Click here to explore the Digital Atlas yourself.
In the 1960’s, paleontologist Axel Olsson discovered that the original coloration patterns of fossil seashells may sometimes be revealed using ultraviolet light. I have recently been employing this approach to characterize the ancient coloration patterns of tropical American Neogene cone snail fossils. My first paper on this research was recently published in the open access journal PLoS ONE and focuses on fossil shells from the Dominican Republic. This research was covered by a number of media outlets, including the Washington Post, Motherboard, Smithsonian, and CNET.