Moving to the Paleontological Research Institution

Myself with Gilbert Harris’ printing press, used to produce the early volumes of the Bulletins of American Paleontology.

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.

New open access resource for paleontology

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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.

Glowing Seashells

Three fossil shells shown under regular light (top row), ultraviolet light (middle row), and as reversed images (bottom row) that reconstruct what the revealed shell coloration patterns would have looked like when the snails were alive.

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 PostMotherboardSmithsonian, and CNET.