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Research Interests

My research focuses on marine invertebrate fossil biodiversity patterns, ranging from small-scale community-level relationships to global-scale trends. I often employ geological field and laboratory methods as well as quantitative paleobiological techniques, and these allow me to pursue a wide variety of topics. I routinely incorporate multivariate data analyses and computer programming into my research, while fieldwork has typically involved the collection of large volumes of data for fine-scale paleoecological analysis. 

I am particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Fossil rarity and abundance patterns within the late Ordovician
  • Assessing fossil diversity across a range of geographic scales
  • The effect of lithology on perceptions of fossil diversity
  • Understanding how to quantify ecospace utilization within and among fossil communities

A list of my publications and other scholarly activities can be found on my Curriculum Vita.

Links to Paleontological Resources:

The Paleontological Society

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Dry Dredgers

KYANA Geological Society

Kentucky Paleontological Society

The Paleobiology Database

National Center for Science Education

University of Georgia Stratigraphy Lab Webpage


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