Growing up in Minnesota I experienced the great, cold, outdoors in as many ways as possible, but I was drawn to Geology through an introductory course when I was a college Freshman — I scored #1 on a paleontology and basin analysis project and I was hooked! I attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received a B.Sc. in Geology and B.A. in Anthropology, with a focus on Archaeology. As an undergraduate I had the great fortune to work in the Archaeometry Laboratory of Dr. George (Rip) Rapp, where we conducted fossil pollen, sediment, macrobotanical and bone studies for various archaeological projects. Working across the fields of Geology and Archaeology has been my primary research interest ever since.
I attended Wichita State University for my M.Sc., and while my peers worked on projects related to petroleum exploration I did a study of carbonate shelf and coastal evolution in northern Belize, and how environmental change affected a Late Classical Mayan site. Three years of sun, sand, mud and mangroves. For my Ph.D., I decided I wanted siliciclastic shelf and coastal experience as well, and so I studied under Dr. J. Chris Kraft at the University of Delaware, where I completed a study of the late Quaternary evolution of the north coast of the Delaware estuary. The research was focused on the geomorphic and stratigraphic evolution of incised valleys.
In 1996 I went to Greece and was the Geoarchaeology Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, where I conducted research on the evolution of the Marathon delta-coastal plain, the site of the 490 B.C. battle between Athens and Persia.
In 2000 I came to Norwich to join Dave Westerman in a two person department that has since grown to five (4 full time professors and a research associate). My interests are still in geoarchaeology; for example, the image at the top of the page is from Greece, where I’ve been working at Roman and Bronze Age sites, in this case taking and describing cores of sediments burying a site in the Peloponnese. I have also spent several summers mapping glacial deposits for the Vermont Geological Survey, and students have been able to convince me to take on a wide variety of projects, from stream studies to glacial till geochemistry to basin analysis derived from variability in turbidite sequences.
Here is a brief (pdf) version of my resume.