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 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.