I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at San José State University (SJSU), where I teach courses on paleontology and earth history. I am also a Research Associate of the Paleontological Research Institution and a Visiting Research Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Ohio University.
I received my B.S. in Geology & Geophysics and Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My Ph.D. was completed with advisor Warren Allmon at Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institution. Following my time at Cornell, I conducted post-doctoral research with Bruce Lieberman at the University of Kansas.
My current paleobiological research is focused on the evolutionary responses of tropical American cone snails to Neogene environmental changes. Please see my research page for more details.